What is the best way to make a mechanism like this out of aluminium armature wire?
Here are the teeth start and sculpted in epoxy
they are really two differant ways of making heads
wire is atached a skull and then glued to the mask
Nick Hilligoss has some nice info on wire armatures
The shot on the right is of the old linkage that worked ok for the chin but on the other side was the same mechanism that worked the tongue that when the jaw went left it would make the toungue move out which I did not want ! So the new cable/linkage on the right image will work the way I want it to by when the jaw goes thru it's motion the chin and tongue will not be effected
If that bronze disk is a 3 0r 4 inch drinks coaster, heck I coulda made that aloominum thingie! But if it's a US 1 cent coin, that's some amazing miniaturisation!
Once you get beyond a certain level of fine details in a photo of a mechanism, I can't really make out how it works and just think, wow this looks cool. You've moved well into that zone with this head. So it's nice to look at just one small component that's simple enough for my brain to take in.
One question - what is a clevi? (four little clevis...)
The clevi size is .125x.125x.220 and the slot is .032
Sorry about the unclear photo.The clevis pivots on a screw that will give the brows some inward motion.So when the outer brow moves down it will pivot inward on a little cam like lever to make it go inward as it moves down. I took the picture with the clevi in differant positions o show how they can pivot.
It is just fun to think of an idea of what I want for movement and then design and make it and have it work out.
Also I want to make some small hinge joints and this is getting me excited about doing that at that scale!
I just worry that once you've finished making this your jut going to cover it all up with puppet and no-one will get to see all this amazing handiwork. Have you thought about doing a robot film?
Amazing handiwork, beautifully machined and I imagine its a dream to animate with