For this project, I transformed soda cans into small delicate pieces of furniture, including chairs, small tables, and a lamp.
In the beginning, I experimented with this material and tried some simpler forms by cutting the soda cans into stripes, rowing and tying them together with another stripe.
Then I moved on to use multiple and more extended soda cans to construct more complicated forms. By switching between batteries and pens to row the stripes, I was able to create different sized holes and more variety of curvilinear shapes.
Soda cans, mainly aluminum, are pretty fun but also difficult and fairly dangerous to work with:
- You need to stay alert and extra cautious ALL THE TIME in order to keep you away from hurting yourself.
- Creating this type of artworks can be time-consuming, the average time would be around 3 hours to create one piece.
- When the first time you want to shape aluminum pieces, it’s fairly easy and it would keep the shape, but if you want to change it after the first time, it is really hard to get what you want and sometimes the pieces would break apart. Which means you are supposed to plan out shapes, sizes, and structures for almost each stripe, or it is highly possible that you end up with undesired object.
- Different soda cans have different “personalities”, for example, the ones I used in this project — Ginger Ale soda can is pretty soft and easy to bend, and I can change the shape 2-3 times without breaking it, so I started experiment with it and used it mainly for tying stripes later; Coke cans are tougher, so it’s a bit harder to bend and shape, but it is perfect to act as the base and hold tall structures; Sprite cans(longer version) are slightly harder to bend than Ginger Ale soda cans, and it is much more sharp than the other ones.
- The soda can is able to accomplish the entire project without any other materials, because it can be wires, strong structures, or decoration all by itself.