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8/23/12


A CLOTHESPIN DEER HEAD

8/23/12
deer head front
DEER HEAD SIDE









I've been stumped on a project I am working on, so I decided to go on a bit of a tangent and do a small structural study on an everyday clothespin. It's such a nifty concept when you think about it. It's made of two wooden pieces that pivot like a seesaw around a metal spring. The force in the spring causes the wood pieces to act in compression, which gives it a gripping force that is able to hold up objects that are many times its own weight. It's no wonder we've been using it since the 1800s!

When combined with other clothespins, this simple object yields an endless amount of shapes and types of connections; forming curves, lines, corners, depth and height.  I decided to see how far this could go and used it to create a deer head.  It would be interesting to see if there was a way to use this concept for a structural system in a building!

oh and p.s.: a post about the structural properties of another everyday object: an egg

15 comments:

helen said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

melody, you are so legit! teach me your ways :) miss you. come over for sunday snack soon

Carissa said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Whaaa? Who would have thought! You are way too cool (and creative).

Charlotte said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

whoa!! i am blown away by this!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

can u do a DIY tutorial on this?

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Unreal. You a truly an amazing artist/deisgner/architect. The deerhead is wow, but the clothepins diagrams are something special

Emy Augustus said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That is a great design. I love the minimal look. (You had to sketch it out first right?)

What is the other project you were working on?

Elizabeth Lee said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is so cool! x

Sydney said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is intense. Can I have a slice of your skills? Please?

Linda Park said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I TRIED TO PIN THE PICTURE, but it won't pin. THIS IS SO AMAZINGLY CLEVER! I'll trade you dinner at my house for a deer head! :)

Amanda Nowak said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Amazingly creative. Smart too. :)

Rhonda said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

you're so ridiculously talented! you need to post about something you're horrible at :)

Xixia said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hoooly moley, Melody, you made that deer head?! That is absolutely amazing! Any chance you can take a drop of your talent and send it my way? :)

And I really like your graphic - so cute.

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lynnette said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

O.M.G. That is just plain amazing!! How long did it take you to do that? And did you come up with the graphics for the Structural Properties of Clothespins? SERIOUSLY AWESOME. How did you do that?? :D with adobe illustrator?? That's really talented!!!

joyce voice said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

this is awesome melody!

joyce voice said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

this is awesome melody!

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