After considering the different ideas that I had for my bottle cap project, I decided to go with creating a bottle out of bottle caps. Once again, thanks to Ben Chang for the idea!
Now that I had my idea, I needed to figure out how I would bring it into being. Generally, I had the plan of using hot glue to hold all the bottle caps together in the desired shape. But what exactly was the desired shape? “Bottle-shaped” isn’t exactly a clear cut constraint, as there are many types of bottles and many different stylistic choices that can be made. I decided that measuring a fairly standard beer bottle to use as a basis was a good first step.
One thing I will need to be considerate of as I move into the production phase of the project is the fact that these dimensions may need to be scaled up in order to accommodate the shape and size of the individual bottlecaps. Especially in the neck area, where the diameter is less than 2 inches, it may be difficult to keep the exact size. If one area needs to be scaled up, then the entire design will need to be scaled up, otherwise it will start to look wrong. This will take a good bit of planning and possible practice runs. Luckily, I have enough bottle caps to feel comfortable having to make one or two practice designs without running out of materials (thank you to Miles Radakovitz for donating bottle caps to my project).
I am excited to make this project a reality and show it off in class this week!