This motor mounting assignment was not as painful as it could’ve been thank to this adhesive mounts / zip tie combo, which saved my life.
At first, I tried to hot glue cotton directly on top of the motor to create the cloud, but it ended up being too heavy.
and when I tried running the motor it was a complete disaster as cotton went flying about. So I tried to decrease the power by using a AA instead of a 9V, and it slowed it down a bit, but the cotton was still flying everywhere.
I found a piece of white wire and I realized I could use that as a structure for the cotton to sit on using hot glue and that worked great!
Using the backlight of the iphone created a nice effect for the cloud as well 🙂
For my PComp/ICM final, I’m projecting a 180 degree video onto a paper lantern that people can stick their head into. However, there’s a metal tension rod that usually holds up these lanterns structurally to expand them into a sphere, and the metal runs through the middle of it, which would obstruct the whole experience. Without it, it looks a little sad:
I initially thought I might weigh down the bottom to make it expand, but then remembered that in class we got to see vinyl material that was somewhat flexible. I thought using strips of that kind of material to adhere to the inside might work as a more elegant solution.
I went to Blick and found a 36 inch sheet of plexi, which was, right down to the inch, the perfect length. I also got some velcro, since I wanted to be able take the strips out to collapse the lantern/sphere for easy transport.
I started attempting to cut strips of this using a box cutter, which was basically impossible:
Someone suggested I use the bandsaw, and I was really grateful that I had the chance to hone my skills with the duplicate assignment, because this wasn’t as intimidating as it could’ve been.
I ended up with pretty decent cuts, which I added velcro to, as well as on the inside ends of the sphere:
When I tried attaching the plexi to the sphere with the velcro, it worked really well, but I realized I would need to cut two more because using just two of them distorted the shape a bit
By the time I did the 3rd of 4th strips, I got really good at making fast, straight cuts on the bandsaw 🙂 I’m really happy with the result, especially since this was a tricky design issue with the material being so fragile. Now I have my sphere!
For my enclosure assignment, I wanted to expand on my flashlight box to add buttons and holes for the switch and cable. I want to use this for my PComp/ICM final, as a controller for video content and I’m really happy I got to dedicate some efforts towards making this look decent.
I started off by going to a store called 8 Bit and Up Video Games in the East Village. They had an amazzzzing collection of buttons:
I pick clear ones, since I wanted the light from the box to shine through them. I unscrewed them to draw the circles to cut in the box using a box cutter to make them fit snug.
One I cut the holes, I screwed the buttons on from the bottom and I’m really happy with the result – the box has a flexible feel to it because it’s not totally rigid, but it also holds up well structurally.
I also managed to cut out some holes for the light switch on the side and the usb cable, as well as draw icons on the inside layer of the buttons.
I made cat tags for my laser cutting assignment because never got around to getting tags for Uni & Schnitzel and I wanted to try etching. I also made them for 2 other cats I know.
Using the laser cutter was really intimidating and I wasn’t looking forward to it, but I love the look of clear acrylic so I’m happy I now know how. It took more tries than I thought it might. My first one was wayyy too big, and when I made them smaller, the etching was really faint, even though I ran it at least 3 or 4 times and lowered the speed:
So someone suggested I use the 75 watt laser cutter to get better results. I only had to run it through twice for it to cut through smoothly and engrave deeper:
I printed 2 sets so I could do one version with the sharpie / dry erase trick to make the etching stand out more. I thought I’d prefer the clear ones, but I think the sharpie version is cuter. I’ll probably end up making more as gifts!
Since I had all this yarn left over from my last project, and all these cats at home, I made some cat toys to make up for all the time I don’t spend at home with the cats. Here’s what I started out with:
I found some scrapped wood in the trash, fuzzy fabric, and foam (I was hell bent on scavenging this week). I started by cutting and sanding the vertical parts of the wood into 5 rods:
I then started wrapping the yarn around the one end of the rods- I really wanted to avoid using glue or chemicals of any kind for the safety of the kitties, so I had to find ways to wrap the yarn around itself to keep it secure on the rod:
Knowing the cats’ preferences, I picked out the fuzziest fabric I could find in the “free fabric” bin, and cut them into square pieces, to wrap around foam, which I cut into round pieces. I poked a hole through both to pass the string though and tie the string around itself, again, to avoid using glue.
They’re not the prettiest, but I’m pretty happy with them 🙂
I came across this pile of yarn on the junk shelf:
I felt the need to do something with this, but went down to Canal street for further inspiration, where I found a pink battery-powered LED string light and pink-ish shiny translucent thin plastic sheets:
So armed with pink stuff, I thought about what I could do with these materials and remembered a hanging lamp that I bought from the MoMA store made of similar material, which came unassembled with instructions on how to put it together with pre-cut paper:
I love the look of this and the light it emits, and the concept of folding material together without any adhesives or hardware. So I decided I’d attempt to channel my childhood origami skills to make a box filled with light.
I started by testing it out on printing paper:
I wasn’t sure how the sizing would work between the top and bottom boxes, but I took started with a slightly smaller sheet of square paper for the bottom box, which worked well, so I replicated this for the actual and started folding:
The two boxes ended up fitting pretty well, and I managed to incorporate the pink string to tie it all together. I do wish there were a more elegant solution to turning the light on and off (I have to open the box now to get to it). I also wish the folds on the inside held better, since I prefer to stick the concept of not using adhesives. But all in all, it turned out better than expected.