When last developing BAMS, my outcome was left abandoned, unfinished, and barely touched after it had been removed from the bronze tree. The design was ineffective and I felt nothing for it; I did not want to look at it, or even bother with it. This led me onto my next decision – these poor attempts in bronze will be melted back down and I will start developing a new outcome.
I did re-visit my original concept and design, picking out the small aspects in which I did like. The constellation of the Polaris Star (Ursa Minor) and the stars that was meant to represent it. With this in mind, I went into rhino to start CAD sketching out new concepts.
I wanted my medal to convey a message, and my first attempts held no symbolic value in its meaning. This helped me moving forwards with developing a new design in CAD. As seen above, I have kept the Polaris Star (Ursa Minor) constellation. It is now the forefront of the medal. I found the space around the constellation visually pleasing and I wanted to add something else to the front of the design. I initially stayed clear of text, after hearing how many people had issues with typefaces and words last year. However, I have decided to challenge myself by re-visiting BAMS, so I opted for text.
The quote in latin is one I made up myself one evening, when I was looking out into the night sky at the stars and the moon. This reminded me of someone I lost and I started to create this quote in a notebook, absent-mindedly. It was only when I came back to redesigning my BAMS medal that I realised it fitted in nicely with the concept.
This led me to the experimentation of different fonts and typefaces – some were too small, too bulky, others were unlegible (particularly with the quote in latin) and I decided the generic typefaces pre-uploaded onto the system was not what I was looking for. I took to the internet and came across this font “Stars” by House of Lime, and it was almost like the typeface was made for my BAMS medal. After an email discussion with Charlie Bull, it was possible to install this new font onto the network computers and import it into Rhino.
The font was an interesting result – the stars effect running throughout the lettering gave the lettering an antique feel. This made one of my friends question how I managed to make the lettering look antique. I worked with Charlie Bull with getting the text to curve around the medal, and this took longer than I anticipated, due to technical issues we had not anticipated. The text did not want to flow along the surface (rhino didn’t want to play ball). To tackle this issue, we created a new solid that emulated the original medal. This made it easier for the CAD software to curve the text around the object, and once it was done, I simply deleted the emulated surface. This left my text perfectly curved and allowed me to simply move it over onto my medal and make the necessary tweaks and adjustments.
The next challenge was tackling the opposite face of the medal. I decided to have the animal that represents the constellation on the back, and knew I could import vector files from Illustrator into Rhino. I found this image on google and it was exactly what I was looking for. This was taken into Illustrator, turned into a vector file then imported into Rhino.
I had to tidy up the imported image, create a 3D surface out of it and re-adjust the sizing. There was a lot of extra bits floating inside the bear that was not needed. This surprisingly, was the quickest part of redesigning the new medal. I just need to now re-adjust the text size, turn the stars into fully enclosed 3D surfaces and it should be ready to 3D print. This will allow me to take it into the next process of a silicon mould, where I can then take it into wax, develop a wax tree and eventually do another bronze pour.