Working automata models do not need to be taken too seriously! That's what makes them fun! But, the fun quickly turns to learning if you're not careful!
You might regard them as 3D moving jokes which can be appreciated and enjoyed at least on two levels. Firstly, there is the pleasure of a smooth-turning movement acting to produce a vivid and graphic happening which communicates an idea. Secondly there is the pleasure of understanding and appreciating how such a mechanism works and how the required movement or combination of movements has been achieved by the designer.
Splendid working automata have been and can be made in many different materials or combinations of them - such as wood, metal, fabric, plastic and even ropes or cords. These can be extremely expensive to make and take lots of skill.
This fun book concerns itself solely with the skills and techniques needed to make working automata in paper - ideally paper alone. Paper is a wonderfully versatile material. It can be cut, glued and folded with ease. Holes can be cut or punched in it and it can easily be decorated with painted or printed with colors, drawings and even photographs.
Paper can be folded or consertina'd into structures of surprising strength and it is also readily available in a a variety of beautiful colors. Most paper is not expensive and the tools you'll need to work with it are modest and easily available.
All you might need to add are, scissors, a craft knife, glue, a ruler & a bone folder or a ball-point pen which ahs run out of ink (for creasing), a few toothpicks and maybe some string or thread.
The Gallery of Automata (loaded with great illustrated instructions) include the 14 working mechanisms:
- Crank Slider
- Oscillating Lever
- Friction Transfer
- Meshing Gearwheels
- Cams & Friction Wheel
- Cam & Pushrod
- Cam & Lever
- Happy Birthday
- At the Duck's Pond
- Pyramid Lifter
- Weight of Bureaucracy
There are also great instructions on how to turn the basics into other projects and how to decorate and change faces to change the entire piece.
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