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Making Pulleys and Belts for Automata – Dug’s Tips 9

October 31, 2012 by · 9 Comments 

Pulleys and belts can be used to change the location, speed, plane, or direction of a rotationMaking Pulleys and Belts for Automata

Pulleys and belts are incredibly useful to the automaton maker. They can transfer power from one axle to another and change the speed, direction or plane of rotation! Check out Cabaret Mechanical Movement for more information about pulleys.

In this article, we will use a simple approach to make a pair of pulleys and make a belt from O-ring gasket material.

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Fish (2012) by Carlos Zapata

October 26, 2012 by · Comments Off 

Fish (2012) by Carlos ZapataLimited edition of 3 beautiful swimming fish.
Glorious colour and movement.
Paint, metal, wood. Height – 19 cm

3 Only.

£140 (Excl. VAT)

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A Big Donor – Part II by Paul Spooner

October 26, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

A Big Donor - Part II by Paul Spooner

Arms made and a coat of red paint applied. This colour is as near as I can get to Indian Red, a pleasant earthy colour, not too garish like cadmium reds. Indian Yellow is a different matter; it used to be made by boiling down the urine of elephants that had been fed exclusively on mango leaves. The makers of Liquitex paints no longer use this method, which is a shame in a way but good news for elephants because they prefer a mixed diet. Read more

A Big Donor by Paul Spooner

October 17, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

The Big DonorIʼm making a double-size version of my very popular piece ??The Donor? for Marvinʼs Marvellous Mechanical Museum and I thought Iʼd show the process of making it in excruciating detail. Read more