It took some fumbling but I finally came up with a good way to make use of the arm movements on my little baby-robot. A diorama is in the works that will have the beast grazing in a sort of tropical environment.
The great indoors.
This is to be the background for a small diorama. Book pages glued to sheet metal.
I don’t know how I ever got anything done before I had a lathe. These are mounts for fiber optic flowers I found. A LED will be set into each one.
I’m finally getting back to working on this little guy. The motor is his shoulders pulls back on the beasties reigns causing him to graze on some faux grass I’m working on.
Here’s a look under the hood. I always have to generate a whole mess of wires before I’m satisfied that a system works well enough to tidy it up.
Loving these new strip LEDs. Hating soldering to their cruelly small connection points. Self adhesive velcro saves the day (removable mount that doubles as insulator).
Our proletariat now has a multicolored helmet face plate and illuminated milliampere meter.
I figured I’d start the new year with some new junk. The green thing is a periscope!
I recently posted a step-by-step document of the process that went into making my sculpture “Homunculus 2010” over at instructables.com. Check it out, and if you happen to be a registered member there, please vote for me in the Craftsman tools contest.
It’s a huge relief to learn that the interior box actually fits inside the big guys torso (barely!).
Added additional belt wheels today. Much more dynamic. I can’t wait to get some lighting in there too!
I just got the mechanism working for the little Homunculus that is to be installed inside my new Minotaur sculpture. I plan to fill the remaining space within the metal box with additional spinning belt wheels.
Here is the early stage of the interior of my new large figure. It will be a continuation of my “Homunculus” theme.
The little robot will turn the crank, and a whole array of belt wheels attached to it. I plan to add plenty of light effects as well.
Things got really ordinary today. I think I have the most trouble when I have to “think inside the box”. Despite my various skills, nothing confounds me like a few right angles.
Jeremy Mayer brought some of his work over to my studio today. We set up my show-room for a collector who is coming through town.
“Under The Sea” all fixed up, better than new. Upgraded LEDs on the little squid, and now the needles on the meters flick back and forth. Something I had intended to do the first time around but never got to it.
I finally got the arms temporarily attached to my new sculpture. In this video only one of the hands is working. Still much to be done, but I thought I would share this first moment of seeing all the body elements in place.