Design Preview Report: Double Pendulum


For my double pendulum violin design, I want to make this with a pair of artistic styles that will complement each-other. I want to combine Arts & Crafts aesthetic with a Baroque antiquity aesthetic. Because the Arts & Crafts movement was inspired heavily by the Baroque this should not be too challenging. For this project I am going to give an arts and crafts feel through my use of materials and how I work with these materials.

Vector Rococo Seamless Pattern Stock Vector - Illustration of element, graphic: 137800980

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As seen above, baroque and rococo patterns have a lot of swirly leafy designs. I wanted to add a few of these to the violin design as well as putting in vines with leaves to add in the baroque edge of the violin. As can be seen below, is the envisioned aesthetic. The vines with the leaves and flower buds are very indicative of the Baroque movement. At the base and the top are the swirly designs that are in almost all Baroque artwork. The space in the middle seemed very empty, so because I am moving soon and my girlfriends cats will not be joining us. Because of this, I want to have a tribute to them cause they are really sweet.



I am going to be utilizing copper to show off my design aesthetic. This will be achieved by etching my drawn patterns into copper from drawings that I made. These patterns will cover the head and the body of the violin shape. I am waiting for my presentation to get feedback but I am currently thinking about outlining the etches so that they will be a little more pronounced. For the rest of the materials I will be using wood that I either buy from home depot or that I can grab at the ITLL. Finally I will cut out the shape and assemble the double pendulum using the bearings from the ITLL consumables closet and the wood shop.


I will have sufficient time to be able to get the project finished. I have already completed the aesthetic copper piece because it was something new and I wanted to get it out of the way early in case any issues arose.

April 4 – April 12 – Finish the aesthetics copper design

April 13 – April 23 Create pendulum out of wood

April 24 – May 2 – Write final report and plan final presentations

I feel like this timeline gives me a lot of time comfortably get this project done while also being able to comfortably work on other schoolwork without making this project my sole priority.

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4 Comments. Leave new

  • Bodhin Peterson-Smart
    April 9, 2023 10:54 am

    This is a really unique project. I am curious how the pendulum will be incorporated into the violin. Is it something that will be on the outside or inside?

    • Ethan Street
      April 9, 2023 2:48 pm

      Thank you! The violin base and fingerboard will be the separate arms of the pendulum! In essence they are one and the same!

  • Abigail Schefer
    April 6, 2023 12:24 pm

    This is really cool! I like how you honored the symmetry of your reference image in your personal design. What are you using to etch the design into the copper?

    • Ethan Street
      April 9, 2023 2:51 pm

      For the etching, I actually used several implements, I used some pens, but had the best success with a wooden chopstick that I sharpened in a pencil sharpener!


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