The semester so far.

This semester seems to be more productive, at least when it comes to having physical objects come out of it. I have been taking an animation class which I have been enjoying, although it is a bit tedious at times. And I am loving my sculpture class.

For my animation class I have produced a couple of animations. One shows a ball bouncing, one shows a feather falling, on was to show tension/resistance, and one is a test to show how something moves in an organic wave. Below are two of the ones I uploaded to YouTube.




In my sculpture class I designed a coffee table that I am now working on building. I think the basis for this project is to get us comfortable with welding. I still have that tendency to get a little lost in the designing aspect of things. It really is my favorite part. I do enjoy figuring out the technicalities of how to get something to come together though. The welding… not so much…

One view of the coffee table.
Side two of the coffee table. You can see how the side is put together here better.
This is me working on gluing 1/2 round, 1/2″, clear acrylic rods together to form part of the top of the table. The fumes were strong so I wore my dust mask.

The table is a 63″ sheet of clear acrylic that was purchased from Midland Plastics in New Berlin, WI. The cost on it was around $32. The rods were purchased from TAP Plastics in Stockton, CA and then shipped to Milwaukee. The cost on the original 20 rods was about $125. However, I miscalculated the number of rods I would need so I ordered another seven at a cost of about $54. I am using a water weight acrylic glue run between the side of the rod that has been mostly cut to size in order to create one solid piece. And again i say THE FUMES!!! Ugh. I had to pull the table into the spray booth just to help filter the smell out. Yay for toxic chemicals. The glue was also purchased at Midland Plastics, as well as the applicator, for about $15.

What I still need to do is:

  1. Have the main top/side rods of 1/4″x63″ steel bent to the right curvature.
  2. Weld the top/side rods to the side piece that I have already welded together.
  3. Weld the two support rods to the base.
  4. Clean up the weld points.
  5. set the 1/2 round rods on the lower level and continue to glue the pieces together.
  6. Find clips to attach the top sheet of acrylic to the frame.

All in all there is still a lot to do, but I have a little time to get it done.

I have already started thinking about what I will do for the next project. For that we are using sheet metal to construct something. Originally I thinking of doing one of the bunnies I designed last semester, because I would really love to see it in a full 3D format. I don’t know if they lend themselves to the project well. Maybe I will stick to furniture. I get joy out of designing furniture pieces. We will see.

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