Designed by Jessica Jordan

The Onslow state chariot was an exciting project to work on. The project, called external brief, is about finding a client to make a model for. I started by contacting the National trust property Arlington court to see if they would be interested in displaying a model in their museum. The carriage museum curator was excited about the project and I went to visit to discuss ideas. 

Together the curator and I wanted to display the interior of the Onslow state chariot, as the luxury interiors are no longer on display due to damage. I was very excited to make a model that would give visitors back the opportunity to view the luxurious interior of this carriage. Using Rhinoceros 3D I used images of the carriage to make orthographic plans to work from. The components I made in Rhinoceros 3D I could 3D print, which became the wheels and seated area of the model. The wheels were 3D printed in resin from 2 printers and the body of the carriage was printed on the Ulti-Maker a PLA plastic based printer. For the exterior curve of the carriage I used automotive clay to carve the smooth unique curvature. This was then moulded and cast in fast cast.

One of my favourite processes during this project was spraying. Traditionally carriages were painted a beige colour and then layer upon layer of thin paint is applied on top to build up the rich shiny colour. The family crests would’ve been painted by hand on top of these layers and then coated in several layers of varnish. As I was making a scale model of this carriage it wasn’t possible for me to re-create all the traditional techniques used to make a carriage however, I did find it valuable to spray the model beige first and build up several layers of paint before adding the family crest and thin layers of varnish on top. 

The spray finish I am very pleased with and it was exciting to use inspiration from how the carriage I have re-created would have been made originally. This project introduced me to some new processes which I hadn’t tried before. The automotive clay sculpting was fun and is used in an industry which I really enjoyed researching about. 

As is done in the car designing industry, I made my own tools and stencils to be able to shave off thin layers of clay until the shape I’d formed matched the stencil, which I had laser cut from my CAD model. Another new technique I incorporated was annealing. This involves heating metal to a high temperature and rapidly cooling it so that it can be formed into a new shape, whilst keeping its strength. This was a valuable new technique to learn and has meant that the chassis of my model is sturdy. The finishing touches of the interior are made from foam and fabric which I stitched to make the seating and padded back rests.

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