Where can I get those curved LEGO® bricks?
There are no 'curved' bricks in Brick Bending designs. Most are made out of standard, rectangular LEGO® bricks. The curves come from the building techniques.
What is "brick bending"?
"Brick bending" has multiple meanings. First, it's a term for the construction technique used to transform regular, rectangular LEGO® bricks into smooth, curved geometrical shapes. Not every Brick Bending design uses this technique, but it's very typical in my work. Second, much of what I do 'bends the rules' in terms of official LEGO® building practices. Some have described my designs as 'LEGO hacking' which I actually appreciate.
Why do some people say that brick bending is 'illegal'?
It's my unofficial understanding that within the confines of official LEGO® building techniques, brick bending is a big no-no. Essentially, any building technique that puts the bricks under stress beyond the official tolerances that the LEGO® Group has specified are forbidden among official LEGO® designers. From their perspective--as a business--this makes a lot of sense. However, from my perspective--as an artist--I can't think of anything more interesting to do with LEGO® bricks than to push them to their absolute limits. For me, that's where the magic lies.
Does brick bending damage your bricks?
It definitely changes the nature of the bricks over long periods of time, and it can damage them immediately depending on how old/used the bricks are, and how much 'bending' you try to attempt. If you build a circle with a circumference of 65-70 1x2 bricks for a brief period of time, they're likely to show little to no wear for the experience. However if you bend circles like I do (with a typical circumferences of 48) your bricks probably won't break, but they'll likely develop stress lines (which will show on darker bricks) and they'll fit more loosely together than they did at first. And if you're REALLY aggressive, at times you can crack, or even break pieces outright. So my advice is that if you attempt brick bending, bend carefully, and be prepared to lose a few bricks for a higher purpose. : )
Do you heat your bricks, or glue them together?
No and no. The trick with brick bending is the stress you're putting on the brick, the tolerances of the plastic, and the small amount of space created between each brick in a curve. With a little gentle pressure you can form beautiful, smooth curves with no heating or gluing involved. In fact, the stress is what holds the pieces tightly together. Most of my designs are quite rigid and can tolerate a fair amount of handling. However a few are extremely fragile. But the short answer is 'no kragle'!
Did you invent the brick bending technique?
No, but I discovered the technique on my own while building with my kids in 2010. After being amazed and blown away by the first brick circle I created I spent some time online to see if others were doing anything similar. At first I didn't find anything, but over time I found quite a few examples of simple curves made from 1x2 bricks, especially in the world of castle building and large-scale architecture. However, when it comes to this technique I'm likely the most obsessed LEGO® artist out there. For me, it's practically magic.
Are any of your designs for sale? Do you do commissions?
I will happily consider commission requests. But the price tag for my existing works is essentially 'a number I can't refuse'. LEGO is expensive, my work is very unique, and many of my existing builds were years in the making. However if you simply must have a one-of-a-kind piece of geometric LEGO artwork for your home or corporate office and are willing to negotiate, I'd be happy to talk with you about it.