I’ve been continuing my experiments with using muscle wire to enact shape-change in paper. I have been cutting the wire from a 5m spool into 10cm – 20cm strips, and attaching it to paper in loops.
After the last experiments I completed, I switched to using a lighter paper.
Additionally, I found some crocodile clips used for jewelry making which I am using to grip the wire. They were a good find, as wire can be attached to the other side to make a good connection.
The first arrangement I tried with my new 49gm paper was a V-pleat fold with 20 cm of wire.
Sellotape was first used to attach the muscle wire to the paper – however, I found that the sellotape added to the weight. I used a sewing needle to weave the muscle wire through the paper.
The muscle wire was still struggling to lift the weight of the paper. I cut the paper by about a third to reduce the weight.
The wire is still not lifting the paper as much as I would like. I will need to experiment with increasing the length of the wire used, and exploring different ways to attach it to the paper.