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Apple Bytes II by savageworlds Apple Bytes II by savageworlds
Not the best photo, but most of the details came through.
!/8" aluminum sheet (approx. 8"x13") designed to fit around the Apple logo on a MacBook Pro.(simulated here by a fabric background with a paper cutout logo)
Beveled edges and cutting performed on a Gerber 3-axis CNC router. Art Nouveau design (by me) was laid out in AutoCad.
Custom design for ~slmuse [link]
Design and Layout: approx. six hours / Cut time: approx. two hours.

A DD??? How incredibly delightful!! :boogie: *blushes while performing a genteel curtsey before the roaring crowd* LOL
Heartfelt thanks to *Talia-May, ~mayana, and ^Kitten-of-Woe and all of the DA artists who have faved this piece.

For those interested in seeing the final piece: [link]
or my own personal laptop: [link]
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Daily Deviation

Given 2009-06-26
Apple Bytes II by =savageworlds. A wonderful Art Nouveau aluminum work with lots of lovely beveled edges. Made to fit not only the cover of a customer's MacBook Pro, but it also cleverly and perfectly exposes the Apple logo. For technical information, please refer to the artist's comments. This artist was also suggested by ~Talia-May. ( Suggested by Myana and Featured by Kitten-of-Woe )
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craftysorceress Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
This is amazing, I've never seen aluminum covers

I have a question, coming from someone unexperienced with the metal medium: How do you keep the aluminum from scratching the laptop when moving it around? (Assuming that the laptop will go in a case, where there's pressure on the aluminum piece between from the laptop bag padding and the laptop itself, or slight shifts when lifting and moving the laptop.) Do you use a velvet padding on the the other side of the aluminum, or do you apply a finish to the aluminum edges so that they don't scratch?

It's giving me new ideas to pursue for laptop covers. definite :+fav: to keep me inspired. :-)
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savageworlds Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
Thanks for the enthusiastic compliment (and the fave!=D)
The aluminum pieces were designed to be attached directly to the laptop surface by means of a very strong, very thin double-sided adhesive tape, thus becoming a permanent part of the laptop. My own laptop [link] has had its 'decorations' for almost two years and they are still secure. My client decided to apply her piece to the transparent cover which she uses to protect her MacBook [link]

Glad you were inspired,
-Tom
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craftysorceress Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Aah, interesting, I almost imagined that this would slip into the case & that's where I thought the sliding/scratching issue might occur. But that certainly won't happen if it's a permanent fixutre. :-) Ooooh, I could use such a strong double sided tape at some point in my craft, sounds very effective & useful, do you mind sharing what brand tape works for you?
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savageworlds Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
For flat surfaces, this tape is fantastic.
The company my employer buys their tape from is called Bron, Inc. I don't have any idea of the price. I found their website, but it doesn't go into much detail. However, their phone number is: 1-888-838-9039. The product is a thin transparent double sided tape with a transparent bright red backing. The rolls we get are 1/2", 3/4", and 1" wide.
If you can't manage to connect with Bron, send me a note. I will find out prices and availability. I think they have an outlet here in Vegas. It is probably fairly expensive, so you may want to have me send you a few small strips to experiment with before you commit to buying a large quantity.

Regards,
Tom Savage
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craftysorceress Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Hmm, I googled it a little, definitely good stuff. It'll be a very good reference for when I need some resistant double-sided tape. :-) I managed to find some amazon stores that sell it, and the price doesn't seem too bad either. So no worries, I can get some myself, thanks for offering to send it though! And thanks for the recommendation! ^_^
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savageworlds Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
You are most welcome!=)
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Lykaios Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
Wow, I love the design, but mostly amazed by the awesome bevels. :D
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savageworlds Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
Thanks for the kind comments (and the fave!) The bevels take up the lion's share of the cutting time. In order to achieve a bright finish without polishing, I (the CNC router) make multiple passes over the same area, increasing the depth only .010 inch per pass. I also use lots of water to keep the bit cool.=)
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Lykaios Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
Very interesting. Much better than manually sanding (unevenly!) with sandpaper. Thanks for checking out my gallery too.
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riknard Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
I am wordless about this... well, a few: clever beyond imagination (that'd be hard, tho, wouldn't it?) - I really like this one.
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MattMan-Loftus Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
Freaking Awesome!
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:iconsavageworlds:
savageworlds Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
Thanks for the enthusiastic approval (and the fave!)

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"I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish."
-(Michelangelo)
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MattMan-Loftus Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
My pleasure.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome edges and use of the apple :D
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savageworlds Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
Thanks for both comment and fave!=) Glad you enjoyed it.
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Malifestro Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
Very impressive. I like this piece a lot, as it convergences in several different stylistic elements, timeframes, and overall themes at once, yet remains strangely balanced. Nice work!
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savageworlds Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
Thanks for both the insightful compliment and the fave!=)

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"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
---Scott Adams
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Gaby-am Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome man!
I don't know if it was on purpose, but it's possible to read the word SIN on it too!
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savageworlds Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
:O_o:Must have been a subconscious thing when I was drawing the art nouveau flourishes. I was using five or six different samples of poster, jewelry, and furniture art as references, but never intentionally drew it to spell anything. How cool of you to spot it and point it out!=D (and thanks also for the fave!)

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"All of us are watchers--of television, of time clocks, of traffic on the freeway--but few are observers. Everyone is looking, not many are seeing." -(Peter M. Leschak)
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Gaby-am Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
It's awesome!
Weird I was the first one to notice!
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savageworlds Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
Best as I can tell, the only one to notice. I can make it out clearly now that you brought it up. Have to try it out intentionally to see if I can create subliminal effects on other projects.

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"There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see."
-(Leonardo da Vinci)
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VieraSketch Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Awesome! It's funnier when you think that this is the style used by Margaret Mackintosh and her husband during the Glasgow/Vienna Secession Movements. Y'know, simply because it's for a Mac.
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savageworlds Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
I had not considered that association. It adds yet another unexpected dimension.=D

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"Buying the right computer and getting it to work properly is no more complicated than building a nuclear reactor from wristwatch parts in a darkened room using only your teeth."
-(Dave Barry)
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VieraSketch Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Professional Filmographer
^_^
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bluemoongem Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
So that's who took the bite out of the apple
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savageworlds Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
;)
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bluemoongem Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
lol :S
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Aye-Luv-Dragons Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
The face has a Greek feel to it, as does the rest of it... The style just makes me think of Greek... Amazing piect, a DD well deserved!!!!
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savageworlds Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
Thanks for the kind comments (and the fave:boogie:). Glad you enjoyed.

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"A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life."
-(Lewis Mumford)
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Aye-Luv-Dragons Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
You are welcome!!!!!!
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meihua Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
wow intense!
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savageworlds Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
Thank you!=D
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Itsmerick Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
Way to go Tom. I'll bet that felt good.
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savageworlds Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
Thanks, Rick. I'm still in shock. Guess I'd just about given up... Now I need to go buy a wig and dark glasses to hide from the paparazzi.;)LOL

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"If I ever get real rich, I hope I'm not real mean to poor people, like I am now." -(Jack Handey)
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Brooque613 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Student General Artist
Ooh! Very nice!
Congrats on the DD!
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savageworlds Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
Thanks for both the compliment and the congratulations! Cool gallery, btw. Your pencil work in particular is quite amazing.

Cheerz!
Tom

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"A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it."
-(Michelangelo)
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Brooque613 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Student General Artist
My pleasure!
And than you so much, too. =D
I really appreciate it. Pencil work has always been an interest of mine, but I didn't really have the time to work on my skills until about a year and a half ago.
So any critiques and comments are greatly appreciated. =D
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PippinIncarnate Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
sleek computers are the ultimate temptation! ^^

amazing concept!
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savageworlds Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
So true! Thanks for both compliment and fave!=D

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"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
- Thomas Watson (1874-1956), Chairman of IBM, in 1943
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bluenova25 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
wow this mustov been rly tough to do :D very nice detailing on ur work. keep it up
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savageworlds Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
Thanks!=) It requires patience and a watchful eye especially during the final cutout steps, but the effort usually pays off.;)

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"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."
-(Michelangelo)
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bluenova25 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
hmmm if i knew how to do this i would prolly appricate it more :D
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savageworlds Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
Here is a picture of the machines I use at work: [link] They are computer-controlled cutting machines for shaping plastics, woods, and soft metals (like aluminum). I use a computer program to draw the designs, then these machines make the cuts.
If you are interested in learning more about CNC Routers, try: [link] or a video: [link]
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bluenova25 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
OOOh geez i thoughts u did that by hand ^^; but still i luv ur idea ^_^
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KosherSoulMachine Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
Absolutely awesome, gorgeous!
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savageworlds Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
Thanks for the enthusiastic compliment!:boogie:
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KosherSoulMachine Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
But of course! Well deserved!! :D
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Kemaru Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Student General Artist
Hehe, nice idea and well done. :)
Apple is the Forbidden Fruit. XD
Congrats on the Daily Deviation, you definitely deserve it.
P.S: I would love to see this on a MacBook Pro. ;)
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savageworlds Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
Thank you!=D
Here is a shot of the piece after it was installed: [link]
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Kemaru Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Student General Artist
Whoa, I had no idea it was that big! :wow:
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