Year: December 2022
Material: Bio-plastic, LED light bulb, Optic fiber
Size: 8L x 8L x 30H (inch)
Inspired by jellyfish, I want to combine the bio-plastic and the jellyfish-like form to call an attention to marine debris.
The light will contain two layers: one small sphere that contains the light bulb, one bigger sphere works as a lamp shade.
Besides, I want to use some natural food dye color.
To imitate the shape of jellyfish, I add some optic fiber at the bottom as the tentacle. I wish the optic fiber can convey the colored light down to the end point so that it can create these twinkle tiny “floating” lights at the bottom, just like some microbes floating in the ocean.
There are a lot of different recipes to create a wide range of bioplastic with different material characteristics.
The main ingredients of my bioplastic are: water, potato starch, gelatin, glycerin. The difference between the two samples are the amount of glycerin. The lower amount of glycerin you put, the more rigid the bioplastic will get after it drys completely.
The bioplastic liquid was poured into a square mold. I pull it off from the mold when the material is half-way dry and directly place the sheet onto the ball-shape mold. The material will dry and shrink slowly. It takes about a week to get fully dried.
I put the bioplastic sphere on lights to decide what amount of lumens of the light bulb works better.
Also, I test the optic fiber to see if the light is able to carry the color from the small sphere all the way to the end point.