Project 2: Succulent Treasure Box

Keep your jewelry and special items hidden in the pot of a cute cactus

Artist Statement:

Our Succulent Treasure Box is a storage container modeled after the small cacti and succulent plants that many people enjoy taking care of. We chose to model our treasure box after a succulent because we thought about how small cacti are often used to decorate someone’s desk or bedside table. In addition to being an artistic piece, our succulent is functional. The succulent design we chose is a creative alternative for people to keep trinkets in. The pot of the plant is hollow so that one can store jewelry or other small items. The cactus plant itself acts as an easy to grab handle and is connected to the lid of the pot. This helps protect the items inside so they aren’t lost or damaged. We chose to add cross sections to the plant itself to add dimension and added a flower on the main section to enhance the aesthetic quality of our design. While we looked at photos of real succulents, we took a more abstract perspective and simplified the shape of the plant and flower to create a more modern product. To keep consistent with the more modern aesthetic we chose to use clear acrylic which emphasizes the fact that the cacti we created is inorganic and allows user to see into the box without have to open the lid.

The process:

The process of creating the Succulent Treasure Box involved a lot of prototyping and measuring to make sure that all to the pieces could be join together without adhesive. We designed split joints to connect the pieces of the cactus together. We first prototyped with cardboard to verify our measurements, check if the joinery worked and physically see the scale of finished product.

Then, we moved on to our actual material to double check measurements and to see if our joining methods worked. Through this prototype we found that we had to redo the joining mechanism between the plant part and the lid. To connect the plant with the pot we tried to utilize the flexibility of the acrylic and squeeze the two prongs of the main plant piece into a smaller hole; however, after prototyping with our material, we found that it wouldn’t be flexible enough. Instead we created a mechanism with a larger hole that the prongs could fit into and then be turned to lock into place. To create the hollow section of the pot we cut multiple “donuts” with corresponding holes for dowels we also cut. The bottom layer has holes for the dowels but has no cut in the middle. The top layer has a slightly larger middle hole cut out of it so that the lid of the box can fit into it and then rest on the other layers.

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