Rough ideas in pencil, shapes and mechanisms
Developing the idea. Hinge designs
Final mechanism idea using Inkflow app on the iPad
More sketches around the box mechanism
Play-Doh used to work up shape and size
Top view of Play-Doh model.
Initial ideas on mechanism made in plywood to test principle.
Improved design in plywood.
developing design, wing size and positioning
body and wings designed in Blender and inc cut.
Tiny brass hinges made from 0.3mm brass plate
Wing hinged to body.
Internal mechanism painted with wax finish acrylic varnish together with 3mm brass pins for axles
Bird mechanism in place.
Prototype bird tested for functionality.
Box cut from oak.
Brass mechanism with nylon roller inside box.
Jewellery tray cut from solid beech.
Finished automaton. Tray painted with 2 shades of blue acrylic, finished with a gold misting.
More pictures of finished piece here.