Tin-Plated Steel Studies

  • Metals I
    Fall 2015
    Instructor: Peter Prip
  • Tin-Plated Steel
    During the first part of the semester, we were asked to experiment with tin-plated steel as a material, using its constraints as a material to help inform and shape our ideas.
  • We first learned how to make connections between plates. I decided to make a geometric form using connections relying on tension. A central hexagon form was created as a base structure, with the six other square-shaped elements connecting to this structure using tension. The exposed edges of the material were folded using the finger break, so that the object could be handled safely.
  • To further practice using connections and the finger break, I made two star-shaped forms. The one on the right is a tension fit, containing a square within the outer star form.
  • Next, we learned about how to make hinges. I proceeded to play with the idea of repeating modules. I created the following object which could fold and unfold.
  • I established a continuous pattern using the rotation of the modules I had created.
  •  Below is another study with hinges and repeated modules to form a jitterbug-like form. All exposed edges are once more folded over to be user-friendly.
  • I then created another jitterbug, which I had intended to rotate in a complete cycle. Below is the second of two models I created. The first model was able to rotate with ease due to looser hinges. However, the second model was only able to rotate halfway, due to its precision.
  • The last piece I decided to make was a collapsible octahedron. First, I made two square jumprings, to which I connected eight hinged modules. The ends of the wire hinges were capped off with bronze tubing and slightly flared so as to secure the connections.