Experimenting with different fabrication materials

For this week’s intro to Fab assignment we should use different materials and combine it into something. I have already created a similar assignment when I worked in my repeatability one, in which I built tiny succulent vases, combining cement with wood (that you can see in the image above). Thus, this time, I was excited about trying to work with metal.

Due to time constraints — finals — I was not able to go to  Metalliferous , the metal and metal tool supply house recommended in class. Accordingly, if I still wanted to work with metal I would have to find another way to get my material. So I started thinking about everyday metal objects that we use in our life. And what is the first think that pops in your mind? Cutlery.

So I started researching different ways to use cutlery as a source of material, and I was impressed by how many different things people create from this “ready made”. A lot of jewelry such as rings, earrings and even necklaces; portrait frames, sculpture animals, and so on. In this search, I found a really cute set of forks that were bended to look like human hands, and I thought this was a fun challenge to do for this week’s assignment.

I purchased at home depot 4 forks – as I was aiming to make at least one I believed it was better to play it safe and get some extras. And went back to itp’s shop to get started. I tried bending it with pliers, which worked ok. I broke some forks in the process, but I still got two well bended. Still, I needed to bend it even further as my idea was to bend it in a way that it would seem that the fork was making the peace sign.

So, the shop staff recommended me to use the clamps and use my weight to bend it while the fork was been hold by the tool. That helped me bend it further. I also had an extra “fork tooth” from a fork that I broke earlier when first trying with pliers – the secret about bending these forks is to actually do it gently and slowly, otherwise they break – so I decided to glue it in the fork adding a “fifth finger” to it so it could look more like a human hand. I used superglue for that.

Because of the bending marks and a bit of the glue that you could see in the metal, I sanded it and painted it gold.

While it was drying I started to think about the holder of the fork. I found a good chunk of leftover wood in the shop and cut it into a small piece. As I wanted to place the fork inside the wood, Ben – our intro to fab teacher-,  recommended me to cut my wood holder in half, measure the fork and sand it with the “drill sanding machine” until it had this space to fit the fork and then glue those two pieces of wood back together. And that’s what I did.

Before, though, I realized it was better to cut the fork. So I cut it using the metal saw to fit better into my wood holder. I also painted the wood holder black, and that’s how I made my fork-peace&love-metal&wood-sculpture.