Foundation 3D: All Works and Assignments

Assignment 1: A Gift

My client was Cassandra, and based on the following factors and traits (found in the link to my presentation slides here) , I made the finished product – the Caged Penguin.

Materials used:
– cotton
– felt
– metal wires
– scarf from daiso

The Caged Penguin

Penguins are cute creatures. They enjoy being together, and are very sociable animals. They keep their children in a creche, which consists of a group of young penguins, all taken care of by numerous adults. But they do have a dark side to them — due to the high levels of Parenting Hormones in their bodies, they have a huge tendency to abandon their child and adopt one that has been abandoned by another. There is also another fact in which the parents take turns to take of their child; each “shift” consists of starving for 22 days, being at their child’s side at all times. However, if their partner does not make it back in time after the 22 days are up, the child is then abandoned by the parent who goes off in search of food.

Taking into account Cassandra’s personality traits — sociable, outgoing and a lively person, her liking a penguin definitely suits her. I feel that this project, no matter how dark, serves as a reminder to always be happy and keep doing whatever that brings joy to her life.

Assignment 2: Identity

I was given the topic on identity. I was inspired by the thumbprint on my IC, and also felt the urge to blow something up…. but I settled with dissolving something.

Materials used:
Black Strings

Recipe for Bath Bombs:
– 1 cup baking powder
– 1/2 cup citric acid
– 1/2 espom salts (substituted with table salt)
– 4 drops of food dye (colors used for mixing: cherry red, lemon yellow and blueberry blue)
– 3 tablespoons olive oil (also used canola oil)
– 1 tablespoon water



This performance art aims to pose a challenge to the viewers and the norm of the general public: what exactly is identity? Isn’t what you like, which gender you associate with, your personality just self-image?

The art brings up the topic of identity being something you cannot change of a human; the place where they were born, the imprints of their thumbprints, their gender they were born with– all these cannot be changed, and thus are part of your identity.

The art consists of different colored bath bombs, with a black string embedded in them, arranged in a cropped visualization of a thumbprint. The different colors represent the different traits, principles and objects that humans associate themselves with. In the bath bombs, the black string mimicks the idea of DNA strands. Once water is added to the tub, everything dissolves except for the black strings, which is the real definition of identity. Everything else gets mixed to become a dirty brown.

Assignment 3: CDL Competition Zero Waste

Please refer to the competition brief about this project.

Materials used:
Aluminum foil
Wood branches
Colored paper (green, orange)
Metal wires
Wood board

The Pillars of Progress

This sculpture acknowledges the fact that singapore, as a young, growing nation, cannot progress without producing waste. This sculpture as a whole represents Singapore fighting against the downward spiral of producing more and more waste.

The height of the pillars mimicks the tall skyscrapers of singapore, and the three pillars represent the foundations of SSA, on the 3P (people, public and private).

As the SSA aims to promote a low carbon economy and (vision), wood is used for the straight part of the pillars, and the spirals will be made out of steel. A small thin piece of steel will hold the pillar straight upwards, and connect the spirals to the wooden part of the pillar. The plant used here is the bauhinia kockiana, which is a sturdy creeper plant. The plant brings both wooden and steel parts together, accentuating that the nation will strive
towards progress with the use of green ways. Over time the plant will grow and flourish, forming a nice green canopy (Singapore’s progress).

(did not submit for competition, too tired)

3D Final Project

I worked with Audrelia on the final 3D project of this semester!

For a recap, here’s a look at my modular construction:



TOOLS USED: Tracing paper, Daiso silver and gold party metal wrapper fasteners, nice looking paper from POPULAR

We wanted the sculptures to emit a warm glow and something that you would place in your bedroom. So, we used tracing paper for the base of our sculpture as tracing paper is a translucent material (and it would cover up some of the light such that it would not be too hard on the eyes).

We made each individual piece to have an oculus, so that there will be light emitting from the top. People will then be able to see and read in their bedrooms.


First, we blew up balloons and did paper mache using tracing paper. Afterwards, we popped the balloons and got some very nice material that emitted a nice glow with the lights we wanted to use.


Afterwards, we rolled the wrapper fasteners into cones using the sharp tip of a pencil. I glued them to two of the tracing paper moulds using hot glue guns.


Audrelia crunched up the nice paper and pasted it to the other two moulds using hot glue guns as well.


We took the spiky unit from my modular construction, and took the wavy unit from Audrelia’s modular construction.


The finished piece!



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BLK 30 Kelantan Road + Project 01

Day trip to Kelantan Road! I caught a 800CP Golduck and 700+CP Electabuzz there but more importantly, I got some good stuff from the Thieves’ Market and the provision shop.


I got some springs, screws and a bunch of random stuff from the provision shop.

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Here, I got some more stuff.

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I bought those blue and pink wire stuff in the cardboard box. They’re supposed to be those miniature light bulbs that’s used to decorated pasar malams, but here I got them with the metal piece without the light bulbs.

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My original intention was to make two bull figures fight each other on a platform (thus the green box), but the finished product turned out rather differently…

TOOLS USED: hot glue gun, and the items below.

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After creating the body of the bull, I realized that it was very difficult to attach the head piece to the body. So I dismantled it after this picture.

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Afterwhich I combined the rest of the metal pieces (from the miniature lightbulb wires) to form a more compact body. I didn’t know what do to at this point, but simply put the metal rings to other pieces and eventually formed a mouse-like head piece. Then, I attached it to the body and produced a mouse! The coiled tail piece were the blue and pink wires which I removed from the miniature light bulbs.


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There are springs with wire through them to form a backbone, and also to give the mouse a curved back for realism. I used two thicker springs (compacted together) for each hind leg and 3 thinner springs (also compacted together) to form each rear leg.

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Rather unexpected finished product but I’m very happy with it!

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Afterwards, the professor told us to make a simpler sculpture with our leftover pieces. I used the white tape that I dismantled from the original bull body piece to form tentacles of a jellyfish! Used a expanded metal coil to form the top curved part of a jellyfish.

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This was a really fun project! I enjoyed making that trip to Kelantan Road to scavenge for the sculpture’s pieces and executing the project was exciting. Even though my original idea did not work out, I do like the unexpected finished product.