• Independent Project, Winter 2015
  • ​Jitterbug
  • A study based on a pre-existing toy concept.
  • After a 30-minute visit to the Loeb Gallery at RISD, I discovered a jitterbug and was interested in making one myself. However, I did not know what materials were used to make the model, nor how it was made (the model had to remain in its completed form).

    ​I originally decided to experiment with aluminum tubing and aluminum wire rods, as aluminum is an easily-manipulated material. I later switched to copper-coated steel wire, which retained its form superior to the aluminum wire.
  • I chose 5/32 tubing and 1/16" gauge wire as the components of this model. This was so that two 1/16" wires could rotate freely in the tube. None of the components of the model could be fixed.

    ​I then experimented with various modules, and discovered the basic form below. This form consisted of two bends in the standardized wire component – a 90 degree bend on an x-plane and one on a z-plane. 6 modules needed to be bent this way. 6 other modules had to bend on the y-plane and on the z-plane.
  • By alternating the modules in pairs and connecting the ends of the wire with a piece of aluminum tubing, I was able to create the final jitterbug. Therefore, the piece is connected solely by its components and no additional adhesives.
  • In its final state, the jitterbug is able to cycle continuously. It can take on various forms.