For my final project, I created a tap handle that emulates a lava lamp. For this class, I wanted to create something that was technically challenging and a well-put together creative design.
With this project, I do feel like I captured the aesthetic I was going for, recreating the groovy, mellow aesthetic that a real lava lamp creates. Having limited methods to recreate the actual function of the lava lamp, I was very pleased with how the lighting effect performed and really gave the handle its clear aesthetic.
One thing I was disappointed by was the opportunity missed to learn and develop a new skill of mold making, as the resin 3D printers were not functioning and I was then unable to make a model positive to mold. In the future, I would like to try making a silicone mold for an epoxy body on the handle, and hopefully if the Idea Forge printers are fixed soon I will be able to make the mold. I am unsure of how the lighting effect will come through in epoxy, and it may be a risk of expense if the light does not work, but I had planned to utilize colored resin or another insert to create the actual “lava” in the lamp body.
Overall, I was really pleased with how this project came out and I am looking forward to improving it in the future!