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LEGO DNA Sculpture

December 18th, 2010

My daughter and I built this LEGO DNA sculpture for her school science project.  It took us a lot of trial and error to come up with the design, but I think it turned out great.  This is the first model I’ve ever glued, because without it the sculpture was very fragile and would have never survived the trip to school.  We used Oatey All-Purpose Cement, which was smelly but did a great job of holding the model together.  It actually melts the plastic bricks together, so the sculpture is very sturdy.

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Rosholt Hornet LEGO Mosaic

May 8th, 2010

After a long break from building, I recently worked with students from Rosholt Elementary School to build a LEGO mosaic of their school mascot – a hornet.  Shown below is the completed project, which is about 3 feet wide by 4 feet tall.

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Anti Aliasing with LEGO – Part 2

May 5th, 2010

In Part 1 of this series, I provided some simple examples of Anti-Aliasing (AA) with LEGO.  Today I will look at how the proper shade for each brick can be determined, for both standard and AA mosaics.  I will use the letter ‘A’ mosaic to demonstrate these processes.

In the image above, the red outline is the shape of the letter ‘A’ to be built as a LEGO mosaic.  The first step is to superimpose the outline over a grid of the desired size.  The smaller the pitch on the grid, the more accurately the ‘A’ can be represented, but the more bricks and effort it will take to complete the project.  For this example the ‘A’ will be positioned inside a 9 high by 11 wide grid.

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Anti Aliasing With LEGO – Part 1

May 3rd, 2010

All my previous LEGO Mosaics fit neatly into two categories. First, there is the photo realistic type like the mosaics of my older kids, or my younger kids. Second, there is the solid area type like the Danny Phantom mosaic, or Starbucks logo mosaic.

Starting today, there is another category, which is solid area, anti-aliased mosaics.

In real life I am a business software developer. However, for fun I’ve recently started playing around with iPhone development. This hobby has introduced me to the concept of anti-aliased graphics. Generally speaking, anti-aliasing (AA) is the use of lighter (or darker) colors at region transitions to smooth out jagged transitions. LEGO bricks are a great way to demonstrate this technique.

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Shown above are a couple LEGO mosaic examples with and without AA.  Hopefully the middle blue line seems less jaggedy and the right green circle and letter ‘A’ also appear smoother than those to the left.  I’ve purposely shown these images small, because in order for the advantage of AA to be realized visual blending of the pixels must occur.

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LEGO Conversation Heart Box

February 12th, 2009

With Valentine’s Day in just a couple days, I decided to build a small heart-shaped LEGO Box. It is designed to look like a candy conversation heart, complete with a printed message on the front. All thumbnails images below link to larger pictures.

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The box even has a removable cover, so it could be used as a small jewelry or treasure box.

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This isn’t the first time I’ve posted a project with a love theme. I have featured a Legend of Zelda mosaic with an ‘I Love You’ message as well as a love sign language sculpture.

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Small LEGO Mosaics

February 12th, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything new. Lately, I’ve been spending most of my LEGO hobby time on my BrickLink store. I miss building, so I decided to build a couple small LEGO mosaics. I’ve done several other 8-bit video game inspired mosaics in the past (e.g. Pacman, Dig Dug, Zelda, Mario, Pengo) but these two are the smallest. Even at this small size, the characters depicted are still recognizable.

The first mosaic is a close up of Mario Brothers Toad. Click on the thumbnail image below for a larger image. I used this picture as a building guide.

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The second mosaic is the green dinosaur from Bubble Bobble. I found this article and adapted it to LEGO.

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On this mosaic, I decided to cut the LEGO baseplate to the shape of the mosaic. I’ve used this technique before on several mosaics including my Starbucks Coffee Mosaic.

Here is a picture of the back so you can see how I’ve cut the baseplate. I wrote a post a while back detailing my technique for cutting LEGO base plates.

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LEGO Black Friday Deals

November 28th, 2008

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LEGO Minifig Display Stands

October 24th, 2008

Although I don’t really collect LEGO Minifigs, I have a few favorites that I’ve acquired over the years. I also have many minifigs that are part of sets I own. Until now, I haven’t had a nice way to display my minifigs, so most of them have been in zipper storage bags. However, that has just changed because today I built several stands to display them (out of LEGO bricks of course)!

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Twin Cities Brick eXpo 2008

October 15th, 2008

This past Saturday, October 18th, was the first Twin Cities Brick eXpo (TCBX), and my first time displaying at a LEGO event.  I attended BrickWorld 2008 this summer in Chicago, but did so with my family just to view the displays.  Although, TCBX was smaller than BrickWorld, it included many different types of displays, offering a great cross section of LEGO projects.

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The event was free and the number of visitors were not counted.  The consensus was that we had at least a few hundred visitors and there was steady stream of people at my tables all day.  It was mostly families and it was great to see so many kids pulling parents between items saying, ‘Wow, look at this!’

I only learned about TCBX about one week before the event from the Fascinating LEGO Model of the Day, and was very gracious that event organizer Stein Settergren was able to accommodate me with such short notice.  I met members from TwinLUG and the Greater Midwest LEGO Train Club on Saturday for the first time and everyone was very friendly and welcoming.

The event was in Bloomington, Minnesota, which was about a 3 hour drive for me.  After arriving and setting up my stuff, I took pictures of the other exhibits before the event opened to the public at 10am.

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Halloween LEGO Sculptures

October 6th, 2008

Here is a set of five small, Halloween-themed sculptures. These models contain mostly common bricks, are easy to build, and I think make cute holiday decorations. There is a Ghost, Witch, Pumpkin, Bat, and Skull.

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I created these sculptures for a LEGO building workshop on Saturday, October 11, 2008 at the Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum. I did a LEGO Discovery Days Workshop in June, and the museum asked me back for another project. There are 16 kids signed up to build and I’m looking forward to this event.

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