prototyping

Before I made a stand to do beaded crown sinnets with, I first did it by hand and then made a foam tool. This is the story of the foam tool.

Now, I have foam flooring tiles which I purchased from the local hardware store, so I have the raw material to make custom foam tools at will.

This is what I used: picture of stuff which includes:

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I'm taking one of those massive open online courses from Coursera, in particular, the Design class and foolishly decided, as my class project, to work on my current obsession, making a beaded sinnet stand. As part of my class, I'm supposed to gather 5 peers who are experiencing the same problem and interview them (among other things, that will be revealed to me as the class progresses). So, I need your help for my class! More on that at the end of the post.

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double plafond prototype first working model Remove the scaffold and "tada!!" it works. *happy dance*. The knot is front back symmetric and the sides of the frame are fortunately balanced. I like it.

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double plafond prototype tied on scaffold I started tying this knot on the scaffold and for some reason didn't have my bodkin. Slow and painful going. I got to the second pass through the top single plafond before I gave it up until I got home and could locate one of my many bodkins. Using a bodkin made it all so much easier.

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second layout trace through To everything there's a learning curve, eh? So this time I followed up the loop layout sketch with a path tracing. Looks much better this time. We have complete coverage, all the inputs and outputs are covered and the path is completed by one tracing. Time for string.

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double plafond prototype second loop layout So, here's my second loop layout thought. What do you think? Will this one work?

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failed layout sketch Now, I would like to say that I proceeded from my preliminary layout sketch to a path sketch, decided that it wouldn't work and then carried on to the next layout. But as you can tell from the title of this entry as well as the ordering of the posts, that's not what happened.

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plafond and sauvastika scaffold Preparing to tie my proposed double plafond knot, I created a scaffold by tying a regular plafond and then tying a sauvastika knot in sequence.

double plafond first loop layout So, start by sketching out the 2 centres, one over the other connected, two cords coming in the top and out the bottom. These are the assumptions I started with. So, then there are 2 cord terminal points on either side of each centre. How should those points be joined? This is my first layout sketch.

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plafond inputs and outputs Backing up a step, I took a second to map the cord paths through the body of the single plafond knot. A square symbolizes what I consider to be the mass of the knot and letters mark the entrance and exit points. The two (sort of) directed graphs show the cord path THROUGH the knot and away from the knot.

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