Fabrication

Fabrication - Week 5: Materials and Fasteners

TITLE:  Golden Koi

DATE:  October 2016

INSTRUCTORS:  Ben Light

COLLABORATORS:  N/A

INSPIRATION

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.

 

THE PROCESS

FINAL WORK

 

CONCLUSIONS

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.

Some takeaways:

  • 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