3D Crucifix 

American Heritage Center for the Arts

Fall 2016

Black Box - Proscenium 

 

Design Brief: The crucifix was designed for Sister Mary Ignatius 

Explains it All For You. The director wanted the stage to feel like a small church gathering put on by the lead Nun. A large crucifix being ever present in the room, was important to parallel the 

dominating relationship Sister Mary felt toward Christ, to the relationship the student’s had with Sister Mary. 

 

Printing parts: The overall sculpture started as a 3D figure. Using AutoDesk’s app, 123dMake, we were able to set specific dimensions of the figure, and then splice the figure into multiple disks. In 

collaboration with the engineering department, we were able to cut all of the pieces out of foam sheets on a CNC machine. 

 

Assembly: We used green contact glue, to adhere all of the disks 

together. The hardest part was keeping each peach in order, so the 

figure would stack correctly. Once assembled, a layer of Sculpt or Coat was added to the figure, to harden the foam and avoid any 

pieces being chipped off. 

 

Painting:  A layer of cheese cloth dipped in a thin scenic paint/water bath was added to the figure. The mummification process gave an extra layer of durability to the figure and a solid base for the gold metallic paint coating. 

 

Overall, we spent less than $100 to achieve the sculpture, saving over $1,000 had we purchased a 4’ crucifix from a religious sculpture 

manufacturer. 

 

 

Production Team

Director: Dr. David Klein 

Technical Director: Timothy Dickey

Lighting Designer: Ryan Bible

Costume Designer: Nichole Dickey

Hair/makeup Designer: Ellen Dawson

Properties Master: Meghan LaLonde

3D rendering of Crucifix
Crucifix splices
The 3D figure was split horizontally into discs and cut using a CNC router and 1/4" white bead foam
Crucifix assembly
Assembled crucifix
Assembled Crucifix
Detailed highlights
Top Crucifix ribbon
Final assembly
Production Photo
Production Team
Director: Dr. David Klein
Technical Director: Timothy Dickey
Lighting Designer: Ryan Bible
Costume Designer: Nichole Dickey
Hair/makeup Designer: Ellen Dawson
Properties Master: Meghan LaLonde
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