Monday, February 09, 2009

Heat setting

In the class that I am taking, our latest project revolves around heat setting.

Heat setting is basically taking a synthetic fabric, in this case polyester organza, and binding it in different ways. In this case, I am wrapping the fabric and binding it around nails. It then gets put under the heat setting machine (a heat lamp with a fan) and after about an hour, the fabric melts a tiny bit and when it cools off, it is the shape of whatever you bound it around.
My idea is to make spiky fabric and try and recreate something that looks like a piece of pollen.
We will see how successful this will turn out later.


And a farm up date....

The old structure has been torn off and disposed of.
Last I heard, the engineer is drawing up plans for a new barn and the farmers in the area want to have a barn raising when all of the paperwork is done.
I'm sure that Mamoo will update you with any new information.

7 comments:

Julia said...

What you see in this picture is remnant of the foundation. There is an identical sand bedding area on the left of the picture as on the right and two alley ways and in the middle is the feeding area. It is difficult to distinguish the bedding area has the metal stalls have been removed on both sides and also the snow cover doesn't help. The top of the structure has been sealed off with recycled hot house plastic from a small local nursery and the bottom part has been blocked off with plywood from the collapsed ceiling in order to keep the heat in the remaining barn.

The plans are being drafted by an engineer and as soon as the plans are ready we will get a building permit. When we get the go ahead a call will be made to a farmer and he will contact the others and the barn raising will begin.

On warm days we have put the cows outdoors for a while and they get very excited to get some sunshine and fresh air. We put some hay outside and they eat to their hearts content. This saves on cleanup in their temporary bedding area and the snow also cleans the cows.

In cold weather we keep the cows inside.

Julia said...

I got carried away with the cows and forgot to comment on your new nail the fabric project.

Lets take a trip on the spiky fabric.

Do you have any idea as to where this will lead? I enlarged the photo and saw that you are placing the elastic bands on the pointy ends of the nails.

You are beginning to sound like Miss Frizzle on the magic School Bus.

tanita s. davis said...

Nails, huh? Wow. I always wondered who the first person was who ever burned out velvet to make a pattern... someday, we're all going to ask who the first person was who melted organza around nails! It's a really interesting texture.

Meanwhile, the barnscape is so gorgeous, with its blanket of snow... looks are so deceptive.

ICQB said...

You want to recreate something that looks like a piece of pollen.

Where do you get your ideas? This one sounds crazy ingenious. Would love to see the finished product.

ICQB said...

You want to recreate something that looks like a piece of pollen.

Where do you get your ideas?

This one sounds crazy ingenious. Would love to see the finished product.

DaviMack said...

And just how is it that Mamoo will update us? Does she blog somewhere?

mira's papa said...

@ICQB
Jackie got that idea looking at some scanning electron microscope images of pollen. I think (she'll correct me) that she saw some pollen images a while back and when thinking of this project she remembered how cool they looked (and they really do), then she went looking at images on the net.

@DaviMack
Mamoo (now commenting under Julia) posts here in the comment thread. If it's a big writeup, Jackie may make it a blog post.