Project 6 Polyhedral Remix

Project 6 Polyhedral Remix

Here are my detailed photos of seven models:
1) Tetrahedron
2) Cube
3) Octahedron
4) Dodecahedron
5) Icosahedron
6) one in stiff paper
7) one in different materials


From this project, we have to make five polyhedron models in wire and two complex polyhedron models with both nested and stellated geometry. After finishing these models, we need to draw unfolded plan drawings of the three layers of geometrical components. For the first five models, I basically used wire to make the shapes, each length is 3 inches for all of them. For the one had to use different materials, I chose to use plastic paper, regular paper and string. Since we couldn’t use glue for this class, I found out it was pretty hard when I need to put two materials together. I decided to use strings and stables instead of using glue. I made hole on each corner on the plastic paper and used black string to connect them together. I put a small octahedron inside the model and also extended the plastic paper out to make it geometrical. I used staples when I was trying to put two plastic paper connect. For the paper model, I decided to make a big Tetrahedron. I cut the three sides and make three geometrical shapes put on the side. I still have a small tetrahedron inside the big one. I used string and stable when I want to make paper connect.

I found out that using plastic paper is hard because it’s actually pretty thick and hard to cut. I think strings are weak, so I used stables mostly at this point. I think this project is very interesting, because it helps me understand the geometrical shapes more, and gives me a chance to try different materials to make models. I’ve never tried plastic paper before, so it’s a good chance to see how it goes on the models. If I can do this project again, I may want to use different colors of plastic paper, or switch to metal, because I think metal looks so cool on these models. I’ll say the most difficult part for this project is not using glue, because glue is just so easy and fast to put on and finish.

There are some new knowledges I learn, such as making skill, fixing skill, and good understanding. These skills could extend to bigger knowing(life), like knowing relationship bwteeen spacd and materials, knowing the relationship between users and makers knowing different tools, knowing life skills and knowing the how things easily change to different appearances.

Here are some good quotes relate to this project from Matthew B. Crawford’s Shop Class as Soulcraft:

“When the point of education becomes the production of credentials rather than the cultivation of knowledge, it forfeits the motive recognized by Aristotle: “All human beings by nature desire to know.”

“What sort of personality does one need to have, as a twenty-first-century mechanic, to tolerate the layers of electronic bullshit that get piled on top of machines?”

“For humans, tools point to the necessity of moral inquiry. Because nature makes only ambiguous prescriptions for us, we are compelled to ask, what is good? If you give a young boy a hammer for the first time and watch his face, you will see an awareness of this burden dawning on him (as he turns to the cat, for example).”

“Craftsmanship means dwelling on a task for a long time and going deeply into it, because you want to get it right.”

Matthew B. Crawford was teaching us how important our hands are, because we can use our hands to make anything better. The making skill is very important to human beings, but we are loosing this skill now. People nowadays are easily want to use a machine instead of making things by hand, so that’s what handmade things are rare. Before knowing knowledges, we have to think about the points of making this happen. The point of education is to enjoy it and know it through the processes of making thing by your own. It’s not always easy to learn life skills, but try something new by your own is better than doing nothing.

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