Fabrication - Week 5: Materials and Fasteners
TITLE: Golden Koi
DATE: October 2016
INSTRUCTORS: Ben Light
This week I made an art sculpture called Golden Koi, which was made of the brass and the paper. The idea combining these two materials came from Tom Gildon’s work, Perch Light. I learned the koi origami from Sipho Mabona, who is a famous origami artist. However, I don’t think he told the whole truth on Youtube. I did everything he taught in the video but the outcome was very different from his work.
RAW MATERIALS AND TOOLS
- Brass sheet: 6.3$ for 1 piece, bought from metallife
- paper: 0.8$ for 1 piece, bought from Columbia Omni Corporation
- tweezer, nibbler, and glue gun
TEST OF NEW MATERIAL
I did some test of a new material, brass. I tried to cut curves, drill holes, bend it or make it flat.
Metals have pretty highlight under the nature light
Brass sheet is so soft that can be driven a screw without a hole on it.
To make flat cutting edges on a brass sheet, we need to sandwich it.
Be careful! Clamp materials with two or more clamps when cutting them.
Nibbler is a good tool to cut a curve on a brass sheet. Moreover, I found some scissors could be used to cut brass sheets.
Golden Koi looks great right now, but I think a lot of things can be done further, like to do some etching on the brass sheet or to make more origami decorations.
- Ask the shop staff, some of them should know how to handle a new material
- The thinner, the better, when you need to do origami
- Glue gun is not a good idea to glue paper and brass together