This weekend I revealed a new kinetic art piece. First mechanical rolling ball piece inside of shadow box frame. It was displayed at the Bemis Art show from 3/22/2014-2/23/2014.
Its is hand built from wood, brass, and silver plated copper wire. It runs on 2 AA batteries that drives a 3 stage brass pulley reduction system to power the 9 inch wood wheel that uses magnets to pick up the 5/16 dia ball bearing. It can run up to 10 balls but during the show it ran 1 ball to keep the noise and movement limited.
Thank you Jonathan Houser for your support.
I started with the heart of the piece first… The Wheel. Cut from high quality 1/4 plywood.
I do use CAD to achive a beutifull 9 spoke (40 deg) wheel but that is where the technology stops.
Although I have access to CNC lathes I still prefer making everything by hand and eye on a old school Victor lathe from a cold war Navel ship.
Backing plate and a couple of 1mm orings for belts and the drive system is complete.
Many nights to tame this wire. most people don’t realize how hard it is to straighten wire. Tacks in the wall for staging the turns.
Top of the frame was routed out to accommodate the batteries and power switch with a simple steel template.