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Art and Design foundation year.

Influenced by such things as light, colours and organic forms, my aim for the Final Major Project was to design and create lighting that has an organic presence in its nature and the way it looks.  As a fan of the film Avatar, ideally I would like this lamp to sit suitably in the ethereal environment of this film.

The Process:
I have explored many organics forms and produced a quantity of worksheets. From one worksheet of concepts, I begin to take one concept forward.

Description of project:

An ethereal translucent illuminated egg with an outer organic texture hanging in a metallic form leaf basket. The veins of the egg and are illuminated, as is the inside of the egg. As the veins fade from on colour to another, the inner lamps colours also changes, but these two colours are always distinctly different.

Making the egg.

To make the egg shape part of the lamp, I first made a half egg forma from wood. Using this former, I produced a half clay egg that was then left to go leather hard. The clay egg was then used to vacuum form two clear styrene egg halves, which would be joined together with glue.

The veins:
The position of three duplicate sets of veins was plotted out on the egg. More clay was added to the egg and three more vacuum forms were made. The veins were cut out in a leafy outline pattern, which would help camouflage the outline. Both the egg and the veins were sanded to help defuse the light, and the inner surface of the veins painted white.

Creating the light:

A five meter strip of tri colour LED was carefully cut at preselected intervals. The silicone at the end of the strips, which would form the individual branches of the veins, was carefully stripped back. The contacts cleaned with white spirits and fine wire soldered onto each contact.

The remaining length of LED strip is wrapped around a centre pole and more wires soldered. This would give the inner glow of the lamp.
In total there are 91 fine wires. They are all wired to the LED remote controller. They are wired in such a way that when the veins change colour, the inner lamp is always a different colour.

A second former is made to create the mould for the closure at the bottom of the egg. In a similar method to the veins, a clay mould is used to vacuum form the part. A wooden disc is used to give support to this part.

Once all this has been left standing under test, all the forms are glued together for the final time. If a fault occurs beyond this point, It is unlikely that anything can be achieved to rectify it.

The infrared control receiver sits inside the unit. The LED colours, rate of change and brightness can be controlled by pointing the remote controller at the egg.
To complete the organic look and help to defuse the light further, the whole egg is coated with clear silicone seal. This unifies the egg and gives it a skin type texture.
Creating the hanging basket:

The basket form is made up of a wire frame and mesh. Cloth is stitched to the frame. The 9V DC supply is fed from the base of the basket, were it connects to the egg and out of the hook, formed at the very top.

The frame is coated with Polly-filler, smoothed and left to dry. The egg is temporarily coated in cling film and placed in the basked. This allows for a snug fit against the Polly-filler.

Once dry and the egg removed, the basket is painted with silver metallic paint. The silver is mixed with colour acrylics for an opulent finish.
  The end result:

The colours that the veins and egg transmit are vibrant and are always successfully contrasting with each other. It’s a bonus to have control over these colours, the brightness and speed at which they change, using the remote control. I have set it to change at a slow, subtlety pace. The egg has a convincing organic look to it, and so many people have a tendency to touch it. This lamp provides a wonderful ambience to the environment it hangs in.

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