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« on: November 07, 2018 08:21:56 PM »

Here’s Pepe, who was made for a recent swap.

He was cobbled together from a bunch of different materials. This is his head (sanded down on one side for his mouth) and his legs, which I think may be piano parts. I bought them at my local recycled art materials shop. The weights make the joints swing freely.

His torso was made from a wood sample, procured from the same recycled art materials store. I drilled a hole through it and whittled down one end to make his shoulders.

A piece of electrical wire passes through his torso and goes into his head (which also has a hole drilled in it). The wire is glued in place, and the legs are glued to the bottom of his torso.

The base is a wooden box from the craft store, which was on sale for less than a dollar because it was broken. I sawed a small piece off the end of a wooden ruler to make the lever mechanism.

I cut and sanded the box so that the lever would fit and move freely. Then I painted the pieces. In the picture below, you can also see his eyes, which are wooden beads I had in my craft stash.

His arms are pipe cleaners that are duct taped to his torso. I added wooden pieces to them (could have used beads; I used some bamboo pieces I got at that same art materials store). I wanted them to be weighted so that they would bounce when he jumped.

His skin and jacket are fleece, which I thought would be more flexible than felt, but even so, he stiffened up so that he no longer dances, he really just jumps up and down. The mouth is a washer, covered with fleece. His lip is puffy yarn. His hair is a piece of a boa.

The wire needs to stay straight, so after drilling a hole in the box, I put a half a spool and part of the hollow plastic part of an ink pen in it and glued it all to the box, lined up with the hole. When you put the wire into the pen-spool assembly and then push down quickly on the lever, it propels him into the air!

Some trim around the edge of the box helps hold everything in place. It also goes around the lever (inside and out) to keep it from falling in or out.

I tried to get an action shot, but didn’t capture it very well.

This is not much of a tutorial, but maybe it gives someone else some inspiration!
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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2018 08:39:18 PM »

Beautifully done! Love this little Pepe and how resourceful you are! (Also jealous of that art shop! 😄)

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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2018 05:35:28 AM »

Oh. My. I knew this was amazing but I had NO IDEA how much incredible tinkering you put into all the details of construction and movement. This is UNBELIEVABLE! Wow, rocks.

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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2018 06:07:11 AM »

 This is the most incredible thing I have seen in a LONG time! It is amazing. I love every thing about it. Pepe is my favorite character too. What swap did you make this for? I am in LOVE!  Shocked

« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2018 11:19:00 AM »

It was for the Invite Your Partner swap. He’s a favorite character of my swap partner, Jemimah’s, too. Our deadline was extended, which allowed me enough time to make him for her.

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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2018 01:16:59 PM »

WOWOWOWOWOWZERS! You've done a great job with an amazing result!

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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2018 01:27:25 PM »

What a brilliant toy. You are so clever
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I love seeing how he was built!! Your brain is brilliant!!

« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2018 04:54:58 PM »

This NEEDS to be in the Top 2018 list; it's unbelievable, from the inner construction to the outer appearance. 

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« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2018 06:04:31 AM »

So very awesome! Thanks for sharing all the details of how he's made.

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