I have begun working on a little automata with help from my sweet husband. This has be more of a collaboration than a solo project: my husband providing the mechanical know how and the logics of the thing.
This first foray is a crude little thing that I do not think will hold up to the masses of First Friday Art Walkers. However, it has offered us valuable learning opportunities. The materials for an automata MUST be rigid an durable. The wire we had on hand for the gearing was too pliable. And the cardboard structure for the bird will not durable enough for use outside a small delicate circle.
This little piece will be shelved and held in esteem for helping us gather information on actually how to make these things (both my husband and myself are learners by doing...). Hopefully, the new piece will be completed by Friday for the Art Walk in Portland Maine. If you see me, you know you just need to ask politely to see the new automata. I would love to share it with you!