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« on: October 09, 2013 12:27:23 PM »



The witch's cat was tired to fly on a broom stick on Halloween night. Sure, it was fun at first but he wanted to get treats too. So, he made himself a mask with a jack-o-lantern and went to town. He lifts his pumpkin head to reveal his huge smile.



Just turn the handle and he will show his face.











Here is a view from the back.


In order to create him, I first made a rough draft of the way it would move. Then it involved two separate steps.
One, making the puppet:
I drew the cat and planned the moving parts so his arms would be long enough to lift the pumpkin fully over his head. I tried to calculate it but in the end, I just drew and measured. Then I turned his body and head on one block on the mini-lathe. I used carving tools to make his ears and glue them on with wood glue. I sanded and painted it. I made the tiny pumpkins for the decor with a scroll saw. The pumpkin mask is made of papier mache with orange tissue paper.
Second, making the moving mechanism and the box.
I had planned to put a cam under the main rod to lift and lower the cat but I then realized that I would need a box twice as high as the cat! So, I decided to make a gear and a specially indented rod to go up and down. That took less space but needed more precision and a few tries to get the dents to fit in the indentations. calculations, drawing and paper model were necessary to get it to work. For example, you can not have 6,5 dents on the wheel! Then, I made them in wood. I had to find a way to keep the rod vertical and really close to the wheel, hence the bottom where the rod slides inside. I added a few pumpkins to decorate the bottom but still left the box open so one can see the mechanism at work.



I made this for my partner in the Vintage Halloween swap. I hope you enjoyed.
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2013 01:24:13 PM »

Heh, heh. I posted too soon on the other page! You were already on the task. Wonderful, wonderful craftsmanship. Very detailed, and looks like it did take a long time. I don't have a lathe, but perhaps I could figure how to fashion a smaller version with beads, dowels, etc. Very neat, indeed. I hope you win an "I rock" prize for this creation!!!
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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2013 01:47:01 PM »

It turned out so wonderfully!  Thank you for sharing some info on how it was made.
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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2013 02:44:18 PM »

Oh. My. Goodness.  I keep trying to formulate a comment but I'm so gobsmacked that it's mostly cuss words.  Complimentary cuss words, OF COURSE.
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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2013 06:18:50 PM »

Best thing ever - I love it and I want it!  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2013 06:22:48 PM »

Wonderful, wonderful craftsmanship. Very detailed, and looks like it did take a long time. I don't have a lathe, but perhaps I could figure how to fashion a smaller version with beads, dowels, etc. Very neat, indeed. I hope you win an "I rock" prize for this creation!!!

Thank you, thank you!
I don't think you truly need a lathe as it might have been faster to carve it, especially if you have soft wood as the ears were such a pain to get to fit on the rounded head. Otherwise, you could make one of flat pieces of wood, cardboard, paper, beads...anything that would have a hole with a strong wall in the middle should work.

It turned out so wonderfully!  Thank you for sharing some info on how it was made.
Thanks, really!

Oh. My. Goodness.  I keep trying to formulate a comment but I'm so gobsmacked that it's mostly cuss words.  Complimentary cuss words, OF COURSE.
I'm blushing and beaming at the same time! Thanks a lot!

Best thing ever - I love it and I want it!  Cheesy
You're so nice, thank you very much!
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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2013 02:10:31 AM »

That is so cool! Fun and cute and just so... COOL!

You rock! So I'm hitting that button  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2013 05:36:55 AM »

This is incredible! I loved seeing it in the swap, but it's even more amazing to see the details of this labor of love! This rocks!!!
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« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2013 12:02:56 AM »

Thanks a lot Wendiek and Isewcute. I'm happy to know other people like it too!
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« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2013 08:56:30 AM »

This is so fab! I love it so much!
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« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2013 10:16:08 AM »

Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured ProjectGrin
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« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2013 11:27:26 AM »

Thanks Kittykill. Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2013 11:28:27 AM »

Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured ProjectGrin
Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Yeah! Grin Grin Grin Grin ;
This makes my day!
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« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2013 09:19:47 PM »

I love the moving aspect!  It looks great.
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« Reply #14 on: October 17, 2013 01:07:18 AM »

Wow!  This is really awesome Yoopidou!!  Congrats on your Featured Project win!  Well deserved!!
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« Reply #15 on: October 21, 2013 02:29:01 PM »

SO WONDERFUL!!!! I love these automata!  Here in Baltimore we have the American Visionary Art Museum, which has a lovely collection of automata by Paul Spooner & others.  http://www.avam.org/our-visionaries/paul-spooner.shtml
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« Reply #16 on: October 21, 2013 10:24:52 PM »

I'm grateful for all your positive comments. Cheesy

Wdicwg, that's the moving aspect that attracted me to automatas too.

Underthemountain, I appreciate, really!

Toomuchstuff, you're so lucky to have such a great museum. If I ever go to Baltimore, I'd love to visit it.
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