Not much time for playing with the thing, I got right into a real-world use.
The “Blackened Canteen” is an American aluminum canteen discovered in the wreckage of a B-29 bomber during the war with Japan. Twisted and burnt, the imprint of the flier’s hand is impressed into the metal. It is used every year to pour whiskey into Pearl Harbor, a symbol of reconciliation between the two nations.
Instead of letting the artifact just sit on a towel, the way we usually display it, I decided to cobble up a stand with a basic label. It had to rest securely on the stand, but also be easily removable. I noticed that my own hand was a decent match for the original owner’s hand, so I grasped the canteen firmly to get the finger spreading accurate, then taped my fingers together. I then scanned my hand with the fingers still taped, but spread flat. From there it was a simple cut-out job.
With the acrylic hand cut out, I baked it for ten minutes at 300 F or until soft. The now-pliable Plex hand was pressed into proper shape around the canteen.
From there it was just a matter of designing a stand and assembling it. I decided the “fingers” were too invisible and tinted them by misting on a Smoke shade.