For my project, I decided to make a sculpture using Q-Tips. I wanted to use something very basic that very few people would make their project out of. In order to connect the Q-Tips, I decided to use glue. Throughout my project however I used a few different types of glue as elmers and superglue both did not work with the material. The original design idea I had was to create something organic looking like a cherry blossom tree. This was inspired by this picture:
Once I had gathered my materials, I started to form my tree. Below Is how I started to put together some branches.
This ended up not working overly well as the the Q-Tips didn’t hold together very well on their own and it took way too much glue to bond them together. I got somewhat far with the design as shown below but I felt it looked too chunky so I went back to the drawing board.
I played around with the glue and the Q-Tips for a bit and finally decided that triangles worked the best for construction purposes with the least amount of glue. That lead me to decide to create a geometric sculpture using triangles as my base construction shape.
So I formed about 30 triangles as shown below.
I then began to create my final product by first connecting the triangles at the edges where they fit together perfectly before going full freehand to make something I thought would look cool. The next few pictures show my progression.
This left me with my final design shown below.
Other than the one large speed bump I came across with the change in designs, the project went over pretty smoothly. This was pretty close to my design process I had discussed in a previous post due to how I iterated when things went wrong. As for things I could have done differently, coloring would have been nice. I even tried to color the object after the fact but it didn’t hold to the material all that well. If I could do it all over again, I would most likely color the Q-Tips prior to construction, maybe by dipping them in paint or something along those lines. As for keeping the project, Q-Tips pick up a lot of dirt and dust just sitting around so I will most likely get rid of my project. I have a lot of unused Q-Tips on the bright side. I thought my final aesthetic was pleasing and I really enjoyed creating the project.
Link to my presentation: https://youtu.be/hlQpd5_j2p4