|Project by johnhutchinson||posted 01-15-2015 04:12 PM||1543 views||5 times favorited||27 comments|
Because I’m developing projects for seasonal publications, I need to be working at least six months ahead of the calendar. I’ve covered Spring and Summer, so Halloween in the Fall was next on the list.
I’ve been wanting to do an animated monster—but not something too scary for the kids—so a cartoon Frankenstein seemed appropriate. But then what music to go with him? When I went through the Kikkerland list of stock musical movements, If I Only Had A Brain jumped off the page. YES !!!
My general concept is a face that changes from unhappy/clueless to happy/bright-idea. This gave to the opportunity to explore the mechanics of a Geneva stop. Rob Ives gives a good explanation of how one works at … http://www.robives.com/mechanisms/geneva#.VLfjio10zmI
And since I now had some kind of movie theme going, I decided to make the crank my interpretation of a film reel.
Another interesting thing was exploring the use of beads in 2:1 right-angle gearing for the musical movement crank. I thought it might work, and it did—like a champ !!!
No video yet, but I’ll be sure to post it when we get around to making one. I’m thinking a laboratory setting with beakers, dry ice, and me turning the crank with surgical gloves. Making the videos is getting to be as much fun as designing and making the projects.
-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"