Merlin’s 3D Little Guys

The Mount Rushmore of People Who Are Always RightThe Mount Rushmore of People Who Are Always Right


  • Merlin is an enthusiastic new fan of making 3D prints and then doing things to them.
  • Regrettably, Merlin also enjoys talking about this.
  • Merlin co-hosts a fortnightly podcast called Reconcilable Differences with his worst friend, John Siracusa.
  • On an episode scheduled to be released on Friday 29 September 2023, John interrogates Merlin about his weird new hobby during the member after show.
  • Merlin has assured John that photos of this weird obsession will be provided for our beloved listeners. That is this. It is where you are right now. Hello.
  • What John does not know is that Merlin is currently developing a very handsome bust of John.
  • John is not a good friend, and he does not deserve such a gesture. Which highlights the dysfunctional dynamic of their relationship better than more seemingly lucid prose explanations could.
  • John makes nothing for Merlin.

A Factory Tour

Please keep your arms inside the vehicle at all times.

My ApparatusMy Apparatus I need my toolsI need my tools Painting thingsPainting things

Remember, they call it “stain” for a reason. As demonstrated by the comma of walnut stain that’s still on my left thumbnail from over 3 weeks agoRemember, they call it “stain” for a reason. As demonstrated by the comma of walnut stain that’s still on my left thumbnail from over 3 weeks ago

Some little guysSome little guys

Sunday Siracusa Head

Start - Friday 9 pm

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Sunday 9:44 am

Unprocessed print.

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Cleanup 1, Sunday 10:26 am

Quick cleanup, clipping off big nubbins, then 320 grit sandpaper

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The Stand1, Sunday ca. 12 pm

Listening: Genesis - Selling England by the Pound (1973)

Printing on the base begins with OVV3D PLA+ wood-infused filament in Walnut’ (Amazon)

Hyper quality and 200°C extruder temp.

The .gx fileThe .gx file Infuse me with your wood, DaddyInfuse me with your wood, Daddy

The stroopwafel emergesThe stroopwafel emerges

Three hours in. Turning out very cool so farThree hours in. Turning out very cool so far

Cleanup 2, Sunday 12:48 pm

A weird and potentially controversial stage.

5-minute soak in acetone (“ACETONE?!?) to soften things up, and then we do another round of 320 grit sand paper.

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Primer and Paint, Sunday 1:46 pm

  • Listening: John Vanderslice - Time Travel is Lonely (2001)
  • Beverage: iced tea

Alt textAlt text Alt textAlt text He’s so fucking angry.He’s so fucking angry. “Sure,” the face says.“Sure,” the face says.

Base coat prototype, Sunday 4:09 pm

  • Listening: Tony Molina - Kill the Lights (2018)
  • Beverage: plain seltzer

Swatches!Swatches! For context, this guy from late last week is “Iron Hands Steel”For context, this guy from late last week is “Iron Hands Steel”

Afternoon Status Summary, 4:52 pm

1. Drying head1. Drying head 2. Sweet-looking stand2. Sweet-looking stand 3. Swatches!3. Swatches!

  1. Siracusa’s head is mostly dry from the primer layer
    • touch-up/cleanup prolly later tonight
  2. walnut stand needs about another hour, but is looking awesome
  3. basic colors have been provisionally chosen
  4. Listening: boygenius - the record (2023)

Probably back after dinner and family time.

I thank you for your sweetly faked attention.2

Intermission: Holy Shit

It fits and everything!It fits and everything!

Diary, 9:22 pm

“I’m IN!”“I’m IN!”

I darkly enjoy how much this web page reads like Mark Zuckerberg drunkenly live-blogging his hacking of the Harvard houses to make Facemash.”

Late night grunt work, 11:39 pm

1. Sanded the stand1. Sanded the stand 2. Stained the stand2. Stained the stand 3. Weird low lights3. Weird low lights 4. Base layer begins4. Base layer begins 5. Base layer continues5. Base layer continues 6. Well, hello, handsome.6. Well, hello, handsome.

  1. Sanded the stand (80 → 320 → 400 grit)
  2. Quick layer of Light Walnut wood stain on the stand
  3. Probably pointless low lights with Citadel Iron Warriors” base paint
  4. Base coat part 1, layer 1 (Citadel Leadbelcher”)
  5. Base coat part 1, layer 2
  6. Base coat, part 2
  7. Listening: Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell (1980)



My Worst FriendMy Worst Friend John has stand options.John has stand options. The version for The National Portrait GalleryThe version for The National Portrait Gallery

  • Listening: The Avalanches - Since I Left You (2000)
  • Beverage: iced tea

Okay. Just for purposes of this week’s episode, I’m gonna go ahead and call this one done for now.

Obviously, I reserve the right to make more Johns Siracusa in the future, but, remember, real fake artists ship.

Coming Friday 29 September at https://relay.fm/rd. Support the program and hear the 3D talk by joining up.

  1. That one’s just for you, Siracusa.↩︎

  2. Vonnegut, Kurt. Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage. Delacorte Press, 1981.↩︎

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