A small base for making miniature automata out of paper - a starting point for creativity - a quick print and an easy project.
During this month of Makevember, I saw the excellent automata made by @wolfCatWorkshop out of scrap wood, paperclips and paper. I decided to try to make a simple base for making my own automata in a similar fashion.
Additional things you will need:
- A 1.5cm wide strip of paper (the model has a 1.5cm slot to hold the paper)
- Scissors to cut the paper
- A paperclip
- A pair of pliers to bend the paperclip
- Cut the paper into a shape you'd like to animate
- Bend the paperclip into a shape that allows the animation you'd like
- Insert the bent paperclip into the model (long end, then short end)
- Bend the 'crank' into the paperclip
- Connect the paper to the crank, either directly or through paper linkages (In this one, I connected it directly with glue)
- Turn the crank and enjoy your automata!
These are small and easy to print - it would be a fun group art activity!
Printed in PETG, but PLA should also be suitable.