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Theme Camp(s) | Swing City | Mutant vehicle: XyloVan

My Story

In spring of 2014, we launched an Indiegogo campaign to buy an engine rebuild, front-end repairs and a new lighting array and skin for our musical mutant vehicle, XyloVan. After we first built the vehicle's giant aluminum xylophones in 2010, I repurposed some of the scrap metal into pendants for family and friends. Now that we had a fundraiser to run, aluminum amulets seemed to be the perfect, repeatable kind of handcrafted perks that would appeal to potential donors. In the end, I made more than 50 "slice" amulets - slicing 1/8th-inch slivers of aluminum off the end of 2-1/2-inch-wide bars and then milling constellations of dimples into their faces with a drill press. For the more generous donors, I made more than two dozen "block" amulets by grinding and drilling thick chunks of aluminum. I worry that the corners - even though I milled them smooth - might be too sharp - or that someone frolicking on the playa, dancing or climbing will get their teeth knocked out by a thick chunk of aluminum, so I'll probably send them along with helpful cautionary notes. Sometimes you get so close to what you're doing you have no idea if it's any good. I'm anxious - and a little trepidatious - about how these will be received.

Link http://xylovan.com | http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-joint-resolution/19 |

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