I’ve been playing with idea’s on how to include the Fibonacci sequence in my final design. I keep looking at the number sequence and thinking about how it depicts things getting bigger and bigger, so I figured that I was best to start looking at weight, length or mass. Due to the restrictions of the brief I quickly realised that I wouldn’t be using weight as the piece would quickly get too big to be worn as jewellery. So I was left with length and mass.
Mass was heading the same way as weight so I crossed that one off the list and was left with length. I toyed with the idea of a stacked kind of necklace thing, but really didn’t think it was a strong enough idea combined with the fact that there was no inside out aspect to it, so I documented that idea for later and went back to the drawing board.
Now there comes a bit of a cross over so bear with me. Just after Christmas we were in class and the teacher made an off hand comment about a group of people called the Etruscans. It amazed me how a group of people who lived before Christ was born could be making jewellery as delicate as they were and with virtually no technology. One of the techniques that the Etruscans were most known for is granulation.
Then it hit me how I could Fibonacci sequence in my final design using length, weight and mass!
Granulation is a technique where you get a piece of metal and heat it until it becomes molten. When molten, the metal automatically forms a ball. At this point you remove the heat and the metal will cool into a sphere. If I cut the wire to the Fibonacci lengths and then melt into granualtion I will be able to use them in my final project without them being too imposing on the final design.
The only thing is I wanted to try something different, so I looked into how I could make the granulations, which were very structured into something that was more random, so that each time I made one it gave a different unpredictable result. I wondered what would happen if I could somehow slow the cooling process down or manipulate the granulation for a more random result.
I decided to try dropping the granulations into either oil or water as they are cooling to see if it would affect the result. The water results weren’t the best, the metal turned into crusty blobs, so weren’t really suitable. The oil results were much better. The metal turned into a meteor type shape, the oil left grooves in the tail where the metal had spun as it cooled. Although I like the results there were problems. Once the metal was cut into Fibonacci lengths and melted into a sphere I was having problems getting it to run into the oil. So I am going to have to think about how I can affect the shape in a different way. But for now pictures of the experiment are below.