Rolling Ball Machine
Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:38 AM
Alway fancied making one of these and finally got around to it , so out comes the box of scrap metal from under the bench and work began with no set plan. I began by twisting the brass around in a spiral to lift the balls.
The spiral is driven by a small motor and sometimes the ball get jammed and overloads it so I found a good remedy was to place a clutch in the drive mechanism. Anyway got it working roughly and dismantled everything in order to improve the way it looks.
This is it so far.
OK I made a short video as it's not finished and still a work in progress, as you can see I'm turning it by hand . The track was fiddley and took ages, still not happy with it, but it works, just.
Made a support for the motor and polished it .
Lots more to do
Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:51 AM
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:39 AM
Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:51 AM
If you have some time check out Andrew Smith's work. He has done some huge ones.
What you have to do is to think that each leg, foot, ear or whatever is a separate sculpture and all together make the finish piece.
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:28 PM
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:43 AM
The large print givieth, the small print taketh away.
Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:47 AM
"He who works with his hands - is a laborer,
He who works with his hands and his head - is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands, his head and his heart - is an artist."
St. Francis of Assisi
Posted 10 January 2014 - 03:34 PM
Thank you all for your kind comments
Well it's taken me over two winters but finally have it finished, here's a short recording.
Ah, don't seem to be able to cut and paste the link to u tube
Posted 17 August 2015 - 09:15 AM
Love it. Someone, maybe you, should offer a "kit" manual, instructions for make things like that. Point me if you can.
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