Saturday, January 30, 2010

Desktops #54 and #55

After making this many desktops they all seem to blend together. But, there are a few details that separate them into groups. My most recent group of desktops has had a flat steel plate. The steel plate allows the marbles to roll and spin around, hit each other, and act unpredictably. I've done plate in much earlier desktops, and really liked it, so I'm not sure why I didn't keep on adding it to every one. Now, it has decidedly replaced the tipping arm. The tipping arm is OK. But it doesn't allow the marble to be itself...

And, as an added bonus it increases the length of time it takes the marble to travel from the top to the bottom.

I've also been adding a lot more of the wavy track to each one. In the past, I would make the tracks have tight corners and go in and out of the frame, making the most of the path the track could take. Now, I've found that the wavy track adds a very nice dimension curvy track cannot. Combining the two - curvy and wavy track, is very satisfying. It's neat to watch the marble dip down and then come back up, take a sharp corner, then roll over a couple humps before going into the steel plate or spiral.

Watch these two, #54 and #55 to see what I'm talking about.



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Tom said...

Always a fan of the loops, Matt. Also, really dig the use of the plates. I've only done one so far that has anything remotely like that. I have a bunch of brass I'd like to try out, and maybe I can do something similar with it, although it is not smooth like yours. It's reclaimed stuff, so it's full of holes. Should be interesting.

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