|Project by KelSnake||posted 12-01-2014 01:49 PM||1851 views||6 times favorited||21 comments|
The Snow Phoenix ~ A Puzzle Extrodinaire
It has taken me nearly three years (part time, around the rest of life goings on), to complete this puzzle project. This is a 78 “moves to open” puzzle chest that has an additional 5 moves to remove the lid and back so that the secret piano key system can be viewed. No system is repeated twice, and the last drawer to open is locked by 5 different systems all preventing one from getting to the next level.
The challenge was to revive a child’s 34 key “plink-plink” style piano and incorporate it into a working combination lock system as the main feature for this playable piano. I had no idea how I was going to make that work when I took the job, but figured that I would sort it out as I went.
As it turns out it took looking outside the box for materials that would allow this system to work properly. So, to unlock this system, you need to key the last 7 notes perfectly without hitting a wrong key. Hitting a wrong key will reset the lock and you will have to start over. The engineering challenge was to solve how to be able to strike an unlock key and a lock key at the same time, there couldn’t be an opposing force. Also, how do I design it so that if I were to hit an unlock key once, the system needed to work so that if I hit the same key twice that it would be detectable in how the key felt when pressed.
Once I got out of my own way and let my thinking, searching, creating mind take over I was able to fashion a piece that has become my own benchmark. I will sit and bask in the achievemnt of having completed this lil’ beauty for another 5 minutes, but then like any artist, its like, ‘Whats Next”?
Comments are awlays appreciated. : )
-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~ http://www.woodlockplans.ca