Saturday, May 31, 2008
For you who cannot view youtube videos, such as those of you in the military, I have also uploaded my recent videos to Google video. : )
Like this one:
Friday, May 30, 2008
Now those three spinners are welded on. Two on the single marble track; one before the tipping arm and the other just past the second section of wavy track. The third spinner is just after the loop d' loop where the marbles shoots out, giving the spinner quite a hard push. (Mostly hidden with this camera view.)
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Also in this photo is my trusty stainless steel block. Not just any block, it has been water cut into it's basic shape. The groove on the end looks like someone wanted to see if a very tight corner could be cut using the water jet. I dunno. I do know that it makes a great weight when needed, and is cool to think that only water was used to cut it.
Here's the collector installed on the sculpture. Note the added piece at the bottom. This was for weight, but will also be used as the stop when it tips down release the 3 marbles on the track below.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Two more tracks to go : )
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
This is the frame, it stands off the wall 7 inches so the track can go in front and behind the frame. It gives me more room to work and will keep the track from sticking out too far. The frame is made from all 1/4" stainless steel rod.
I just got the lift installed today. It's a helical lift, and uses a 7rpm DC motor. The tube in the center of the lift is 1" stainless tubing with 1/8" wire wound around the outside to lift the marbles.
Shown here are the two track switches I will need to turn one track into three. Think of it like this; The track from the lift leads directly into the first switch. Two track leave the first splitter-one track is full length and the other just leads to the next splitter. The second splitter has the other two full length tracks come from it, and that makes 3 total. The white plastic is made from a polypropylene rod, cut to 1" lengths and a 1/4" ID self lubricating bronze bearing pushed into the center. The bronze bearing keeps the switch moving smoothly for a long, long time.
The first track I will work on? The loop d' loop!
Friday, May 16, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
And here are the 4 smaller spinners that get installed next.
This, of course, means that I will definitely be doing another video.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The ball collector. It will tip when it gets the 3rd marble.
The whole sculpture.
A shot of track and spirals.
More track and spirals, with the ball collector on the left.
Now that it is all complete I will be starting on my next project; a wall hanging sculpture. Stay tuned!
Friday, May 9, 2008
Track three is gettin' to the bottom. I think I'll add another spiral, and leave the rest as fun track. The three marbles will chase each other from the top to the bottom. I'll be done tomorrow for sure. Next up... video! I'll definitely get some posted tomorrow - with the help of my cat Mia.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Here is the spaghetti track installed at the bottom.
This is my progress as of today. I should be able to get most of track three laid tomorrow. I can't do the wavy track like you see at the bottom of the sculpture now with marbles rolling in a row, like a train. In a marble train, sometimes the marble behind another goes faster than the marble in front. When this happens then the marble behind can run into marble ahead of it, slowing itself enough that it will fall back and settle in a valley, stopping all other marbles that come next. It is quite enjoyable to attach the next track rails and then decide where I want the track to go. I plan a few moves ahead, build them, and go onto the next. I especially like to make the loops which is why a lot of my sculptures have them. They are FUN to make, and even more fun to watch, over and over. : ) I enjoy tracing the two rail paths in my mind as I bend the corners and try to imagine where the track can go next on it's fast, gravity defying path.
I will take some video soon. I will probably wait until I get it finished. It is close and I don't want to use the time to take video, when it will be better to film when it is finished. Can't wait!