Month: June 2010

Lone Wolf Black Sheep

This is a gift I made for my friend Will’s 30th birthday. In addition to being just a downright brilliant friggin’ designer, I am always fascinated by his ideas and the way he THINKS about things so I knew I wanted to include a little lightbulb in the sculpture. This was a fun project and a quick break from my bike riding bear. I didn’t take a lot of pictures as a I went but here’s the rundown…

I started with a little metal pipe I could run wires through, a piece of bulsa wood to mount it to, and a lump of clay to wrap around the pipe and wires. I also used a wooden thingy from Michaels as the rim of his hat. I knew I wanted the hat to be classy even if the rest of it was a bit lumpy…

I spent night one on the sculpture and night two in painting, wiring it up and connecting the LED light…

Once the painting and wiring was done I added little wire glasses…

And the finished piece with hot glued bulsa wood box…

So… Happy Birthday, Will!!!

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More Tires and Motors

So I go into the studio super early and got a few hours in before the day began. After figuring out the first tire it was just a question of executing the second but I wanted to add an additional pulley to hopefully drive the pedals and legs from the back tire…

After completing the back tire I fired up the ole soldering iron and started fabricating the rest of the bike…

Later on in the evening I got to get back into the studio and this is where I failed miserably. I had settled on the idea that I would use two separate motors to power each tire so I spent a bunch to time trying to set it up, solder the wires and prep the pulleys. This idea was a total bust. Turns out even one AA battery split between the two motors was too powerful and nearly ripped the wheel apart…

So finally I returned to my little plastic kit. I think I figured out a way to have one battery split across across multiple pulleys so that it can power everything off stable framework. I needed some rubber cement to finish this one off so I just came to bed. I will live to fight another day…

FInally, here’s my completely cluttered desktop. I LOVE being able to make a mess again! The truth is, while I’m working, I know where every little thing I need is…

Eureka – It spins!

Had a rough day at work and couldn’t wait to get into the studio tonight. Messed around for quite a while before I had a breakthrough but man it felt good when it happened. I finally solved the mystery of how to get the axel on the wheel to work. I hit the hardware store yesterday and got some longer screws so i could attach the pulley directly to the axel. With a few tiny bolts and complete reworking of the tire I got it going. Yeehaw!

After i got that rolling i should have gone to bed but I had also bought a cheap soldering iron, some flux and some solder so I wanted to see if I could bind the different kinds of wire/metal i picked up. Some worked and some didn’t so i twisted up a new holder for the tire (for lack of a better word) then went ahead and sewed some black pipe cleaners to the rim of the tire so I could wrap it up!

It was a successful night but my favorite part… When i needed to spray paint the plastic gear, i just put it on the floor of my study and made a MESS. It’s great having my own space again. 🙂