Fabrication

Fabrication: /week5/ Decorative String Chandelier

I want to make a Decorative String Chandelier for Halloween, so I bought those materials at Target.

The main materials are: yarn, tacky glue(white glue), petroleum jelly (vaseline) , and balloon.img_8664

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Step 1, blow and hang the balloon.
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Step 2, coat the balloon with petroleum jelly to avoid the yarn stucking too firmly to the balloon.

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Step 3, mix the white glue and a little water together, then pull the loose string into the bowl of glue.

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Step 4, wrap the yarn up and down firmly around the balloon, until it reaches a proper density of coverage.

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Step 5, wait 24 hours to pop the balloon.

It’s almost finished. I realize it’s important to estimate how much materials I need for a project, and prepare sufficient of them. This time I used up the whole bottle of glue, and a pack of yarn. If the balloon is bigger than this, I would not be able to finish the coverage process.

For the next, I need to fix a bulb in the chandelier, which should be easy to take off. So in order to take advantages of the materials at hand, I made a bulb holder like thisimg_8721

The processes are as follows:

Firstly, I drilled a hole in the middle of the cans’s bottom. At first, I tried on the drill press, but it made a loud noise, and it seemed difficult to drill through. Then I used a small drill bit to drill a small hole, and use a bigger bit to make the hole bigger. Finally, I found it was easier to make a large circle hole with a nibbling tool.

%e6%9c%aa%e6%a0%87%e9%a2%98-1 img_8714 Secondly, I cut the cans into to two parts from the middle, and cut a length of strip connecting with the bottle in each of the two sides.

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Thirdly, punched two holes on each strip, which can be joined together with screws and nuts. This part is used to fix the chandelier on the holder.img_8716Fourthly, joined the bulb and its holder with hot glue.

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And here is the finished chandelier!

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