A Clockwork Folly (1987)

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Videos | 10 comments

As a copper ball drops, it makes a propeller spin, gears move, and a pendulum sway back and forth. (My machines are whimsical celebrations of mechanical movement, in which I’ve combined engineering, fine craftsmanship, and the visual aesthetics of the past to create something unique that feels right to me. Please visit my website to see much more: www.mechanicalcuriosities.com. I also have a shop on Etsy under the seller name MechanicalCuriosity.)
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Head over to noadi.etsy.com to check them out some more. My steampunk jewelry is new and improved, the squid, cuttlefish, and octopus are joined by the nautilus, horseshoe crab, and trilobite. I’ve also replace the water based glaze I was using with Ice resin. This new resin is very hard, crystal clear, and doesn’t yellow or cloud.
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  1. …It could either be used to supply a small amount of force over a long period of time, or if it’s just a falling weight, it could be used where you want to generate a very large amount of force in a short burst, such as in a mechanical wood splitter or rock crusher.

    I recall seeing a picture from India of a laptop and other electronics powered by a stationary bicycle hooked up to a generator. Talk about the merger of high- and low-tech. Plus you get some exercise while chatting.

  2. Sure, you could use the energy stored in a falling weight to power things, but it would have to be a pretty heavy weight descending over a fairly long drop. It is really just a means of storing muscle energy as mechanical potential energy, but that could be of some benefit in various applications…

  3. That is awesome!

  4. great stuff very inspiring thanks

  5. Yes, in Maine to be a little more precise.

  6. I understand and respect that. Have seen the other video. Thanks!
    Where are you based? In US?

  7. No, the designs are how I make a living so I can’t share how I make them. I do have videos in my channel on using the resin however.

  8. thanks for replying NoadiArt. is there a turorial doing that? i would love to see it. thanks again.

  9. Mostly, the bodies of the creatures are polymer clay, the gears and such are real watch parts that are under a layer of clear resin, and the details are painted.

  10. awesome designs! are they made from polymer clay?