Monday, July 21, 2014

Video of incredible Huntsman Smoker automaton

Check out this clockwork automaton smoker by Gustave Vichy of Paris! The piece is from around 1870 and has recently been restored by The House of Automata.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Butterfly Effect -- a kinetic sculpture by Brett Dickins,

Here's the latest sculture from Brett Dickins, this one titled Butterfly Effect.

From the video description:

One off wooden/polished aluminum gear sculpture featuring a mechanical butterfly which takes a different flight path on each revolution of the main gear. Other features include small gears on the body of the butterfly which rotate, and the introduction of polished metals as a new material in my work.

Here is where you can see unedited footage of the Butterfly Effect sculpture

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Monday, July 14, 2014

How to bend brass wire, rod, tubing, bar, and sheet

The latest installment of my quarterly Tips column on automton-making is now live on the Cabaret Mechancial Theatre website. This is the second in a series on working with brass. The first part of the series showed how to cut brass rod, tubing, bar, and sheets. This installment show some methods for bending brass wire, rod, tubing, bar, sheet.  Be sure to check out the section on 'Further Reading' at the bottom of the post, as well as the links to useful tools and materials.

Here's a link to the article on how to bend brass wire, rod, tubing, bar, and sheet.

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