Though our series of experiments we found that;
- Adding colourant effects the drying time, making it shorter than if left transparent.
- Only a small amount of colour is needed to make a large change in appearance.
- How it appears when it is first poured is near exactly how it will appear once it finished drying.
- Vaseline is needed to remove the wood from inside the silicone else it just sicks to the product.
- The shape is more clear and defined if the silicone is placed inside the pre determined shape instead of being cut from a larger sheet of dry silicone.
- The opening for the pouch is stronger and more defined if it is pre established by the placement of a small strip of wood connected to the base wooden sheet (designed to create the pocket).
- A series of 4 wooden dowels, structurally attached together and placed in the plastic molding surface pre-silicone pouring will create defined clear holes in the pouch, enabling the pouch to easily be attached to a shoe.
- The base can not be to thick as it becomes heavier and less flexible.
- It is important to push the wood down into the second layer of the silicone once poured else it sits on top and can make the second layer to thin and breakable.
- The creation of one product takes 23 hours but multiple products can be created during a single 23 hour session by using a series of plastic moulds.
In establishing that it is possible to create the product and that multiple ones can be created at once we’re now in a position to start making in preparation for the first trade fair.
While developing the prototypes i came across Zach Kaplan’s Tedx videos on the development of materials and how unconventional materials can be used for new products. He specifically explores the properties of materials;
Design Thinking: Understand – Improve – Apply, Hasso Plattner, Christoph Meinel, Larry Leifer, 2010
Design Thinking: Research and Practice, Walter Brenner, Falk Uebernickel, 2016