The original idea was to make this photo: an X-ray image of a dandelion blowing in the wind. In order to make this fit on the appropriately sized LEGO base, I changed the angle of the "achenes" (yea, I had to look that up) so that they blew away at a 90-degree angle. The image was then cropped and converted to the 5-shade grayscale used for LEGO mosaic building.
Design approved and ready!
With this design now approved and ready to build, I dug through my inventory and began the building process.
Calling in the troops!
With only a few days to turn this project around, I called in reinforcements. Chris, one of my helpers, came over and helped me make good time on the project. In fact, we worked so quickly that I didn't even remember to get out the camera until the first plate was completely done!
3rd plate completed
Because of the all-white background, Chris made short time of the 3rd plate. Oh, and the pink squares were used to keep the plates connected while we built- something that would make the time-lapse video much cooler. Stay tuned for that...
To make up for the missing photos during the build process, I added a "secret message." This also proved to be very cool during the time-lapse video. Since this mosaic was intended as a gift, I thought everyone would enjoy seeing this as a discreet reminder whenever they watch the video.
Another progress photo
Here's another shot of the progress. One more good hour of building left before this is complete!
Bam! Time to dry...
With the mosaic completed, I needed to hurry and create the frame so everything would have time to dry before shipping it out on thursday. Here, you see the pink pieces keeping the plates together as the drying process begins.
With the design now framed-up and dry, I hung the completed piece over my fireplace for some photos just in case I don't get to see what it looks like when it's hanging on the customer's wall.
Signing the piece
With everything else completed, I created my standard LEGO mosaic signature, a hidden raised mark of my initials and the date. Looking at the piece straight-on, it's nearly impossible to see (so it doesn't detract from the original design too much)
Movie: the making of
Interested in seeing this whole piece come together as it was built? I set up the Brickworkz studio cam to record a photo every 45 seconds for this time-lapse movie. (We had some white balance issues, so please bear with it!) Click the PLAY button to enjoy!
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