A quick recap:
I am working on the sand picture frame. The frame houses sand, air gaps, water and alcohol.
Please check my posts about this project by going to the students page and searching Aly Badran.
This week has been a little slower than the last in terms of building, but I am moving forward in with my design and finding materials.
I finally found 3 usable sand samples that have approximately the same size grain. The colors that I am going to be using:
I am still trying to find a way to separate the coarse from the fine grains of sand. Any recommendations?
I got some pipets to experiment with. I am trying to integrate the pipets in the sand frame and see if I can create a turbulent environment with it and if this will help. The challenges are:
– Avoiding the sand from getting in the pipette
– Integrating it in a way that looks good (without sticking out)
– Avoiding the sand colors from mixing up too much and losing its color layers
– Having the tip of the pipette small and narrow enough to fit between the glass.
– Sealing it
With all of these challenges, tests are still in progress though, but no promises on including it.
I got clear silicone so that the finish looks better than my first prototype which used dark brown silicone. I am hopeful that the one I got is as good at sealing and waterproof. Still to be tested.
Dry Sand Frames
Experimenting with sand in frames without water! This is new but I got a response from professor Said Shakerin at pacific university recommending to experiment with some of these sand picture frames with only sand and patterns (no water). I will share more details if I have success with it.
I ran out of alcohol doing my tests so its stopping the final build. This is on my first priority shopping list, so I will have to get it as soon as possible.
Frames and Stand Flippers
I still need to decide on a frame design and a stand to it. I need to make progress on it because it has been delayed so much .
One more thing that was stopping my finial build is that I want a setup that I can document the build and do a tutorial video and post on YouTube. Now that I got a good camera with a better tripod setup I think I am ready to start building :).