gpid Designs https://gpidesign.com/2015/03/boiling-sculpture-down-to-nuts-and-bolts/
For my upcycling project I am thinking about using leftover fasteners from engineering design projects in order to build what looks like a steam engine. This will follow the Steampunk Aesthetic.
I got this idea when I was looking around for fasteners for my design project. As I went through all of the fasteners that have been left unused over the years, I thought this would be a perfect material for the upcycling project. These bolts and fasteners barely get used, especially because they are so disorganized. So I just started grabbing handfuls from both the Idea Forge and the ITLL. I got all sizes, big and small. This way I have the freedom to explore whatever it is I was going to find or think of.
stl – http://stlfasteners.com/fasteners-definition-types-and-their-purpose-in-general-world/
After a couple days I had thought about how I could use these fasteners in a way that would increase the value in some way. As I was going across the aesthetics posts, I came across some Steam punk aesthetics. I couldn’t help but notice all of the fasteners and mechanical things used. I knew that this could be the aesthetic that I should go for with this material. I could make anything out of this and could claim the Steampunk aesthetic.
mw industries – https://www.mw-ind.com/brands/hi-performance-fastening-systems
Now I did some research on Steampunk, what it mean, and how to create the aesthetic. In the definition was the answer to my question of what I would make. I decided to make a steam engine sculpture made out of these fasteners.
I had to figure out some way of putting these fasteners together. My first thought was using a hot glue gun we have at the school. The second was to use some sort of epoxy. I have gotten both of those and will test out both glues and see which works better. I want it to look clean and with not too much glue. We will see how it goes, but those were my inspirations and how I came to decide what I was going to do for this upcycling project.
Please let me know if you have any suggestions.