I tried out some different ways to make the top piece of the lightshade fix together, both a more geometric, edged style, and a round bubble. I thought that the circular shape matched better with the overall theme of the form, but it was a little more difficult to get it to look right. The square shape looked passable even if it wasn’t aligned absolutely perfectly. The circle, however, needed several attempts at readjustment before it looked ok. I changed the length of the collar, and the size of the male piece to make it fit more snugly, without so much of a gap. There is still a small amount of space in the fit, but due to the stretch of the acrylic, it is inevitable. I am fairly happy with the outcome.
[photos of other colours?]
Bought some new types of angelina fibres, in fun and bright colours, which I love.
This new colour, gold, is a little more difficult to work with; the fibres are comprised of two colours which have different properties regarding heat bonding, so one of them loses its iridescent sheen sooner, but the other won’t bond if I don’t take my time. However, the result turns out a little more muted than the other fluorescent colours, which I think adds something to the elegance of the shell shade when they are paired together.
Testing out the capabilities of bending twisted acrylic rod. It is fairly easy to bend into a curve while twisting, but significantly more difficult to adjust once it’s already been twisted. So while it is not exactly that it needs to be perfect on the first try, the closer I can get it to that the better.
I also tested this out using only two rods twisted together, as this will afford me a chance to make a mistake when I use the longer rods. I intend to make maquettes out of wire to determine the scale and tightness of the form that I would mould the acrylic rods into.
On a spur of the moment decision, I took some photographs of my iridescent bowl, along with an angelina fibre ball. This sparked the idea of the small bubble-shaped wall mounted lights, which will be a round ball of angelina fibre, with a collar of iridescent floral acrylic, and battery powered.
I do quite like this ratio of fibre to acrylic, however; it looks like a strange creature’s nest with an egg inside of it. The strong angular lighting on it casts colourful shadows on the floor, and reflections onto the centre sphere, which if they were more closely fitted, might not work so well.
This design would work better in a brighter environment than my other works, as a modern kitchen would be well lit and could achieve these reflections and look very beautiful.
Testing out how the newer outer shell looks with and LED inside of it.
I also tested out what it would look like in a smaller, bubble-like form. I intend to create a selection of smaller, wall-mounted lights this kind of size. I also want to make a much larger version, to go inside a bowl-shaped shade that will resemble the bowl I made before christmas.
Making use of a sunny patch, I used the strong lighting to capture what I had made so far. The stark shadows give it an illustrative kind of atmosphere, and the curls and twists of the tendrils are a little creepy. If it were a sculptural piece, I would place it in a space which has strong sunlight, and have it act like a sundial.
A cardboard mock-up of how I would like my exhibition space to look. I was interested in the depth and height to best display each piece, and decided that a v formation would look best, starting with the most prominent light at 150cm (approx. head height) and then lowering by 20cm each level back. The two rear pieces will be wall mounted.