Balls in the Wall

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.

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I started with the heart of the piece first…  The Wheel.  Cut from high quality 1/4 plywood.

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I do use CAD to achive a beutifull 9 spoke (40 deg) wheel but that is where the technology stops.

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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.

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Backing plate and a couple of 1mm orings for belts and the drive system is complete.

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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.

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Top of the frame was routed out to accommodate the batteries and power switch with a simple steel template.

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