A bit over two months ago, I was contacted by someone with whom I used to work, who now works with The Possible Project, a non-profit youth entrepreneurship outreach program thing. They were having a huge fundraiser gala at the beginning of October, and wanted to commission a big hanging chandelier as a focal point for the banquet. They’re getting ready to build themselves a maker space, complete with a laser cutter and other tools, so they wanted the piece to show off rapid fabrication in some way, probably by having the piece made largely of laser-cut wood.
I was given pretty free range, with the understanding that I would come in every week or two and show the kids in the program what I was doing, giving them a view at how one might go about making a big project, and getting input from them about the design. The goal was to be able to have them also help with assembly, if possible.
Since I don’t especially want to take up too much vertical space on people’s feeds, jump the break for the early stages of my design process:
In theory yes, but not yet.
Years ago I had a basic idea for a way that I could make my tails move on their own, involving some motors and some stiff cables that ran the length of the tail. But motors and things like that are not things I have any experience with, and life is busy, and I never worked actively on it.
But sometime last year I saw a kickstarter for some people making animatronic tails, and they seemed to be doing it in basically the same way I had figured would work. I was excited. They were offering them with fur coverings like cats and dogs or what have you, but I got one that was just the mechanism and control box so I could at some point build a tail of my own around it.
But life has been busy, and I haven’t gotten around to making it yet. Eventually I will, and once it’s worked out I’ll surely make it available for commissioners.
If people are curious, here’s the website for the people who made the animatronic tails: http://thetail.co/
Sorry for the radio silence this month, Internet. Between a huge pile of stuff to do at work plus a family wedding plus obligations to friends plus two craft fairs, I had basically no brainpower left to deal with commissions or updates.
To help me deal with the stress, though, I did make a large thing just for myself. (Well, it was also related to the big friends obligation.) I made an aluminum and rubber ring shirt in European 4-in-1. It’s been at least a year or two since I made something large like that just for myself, and I’m really happy that I made it. Photos will be uploaded once I have a chance to take them.
Anyway, my obligations are back down to a manageable level now, so I’ll be picking things up again and starting back up on commissions, and on the backlog of correspondence that’s piled up.