Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Flywheel and Other Important Sounding Words

With the help of my engineering-minded dad, I made some good progress on the interior of the Orkuter Amphibolos this morning.

We have a plan in place for the flywheel and the main posts.

And I'm working on painting a pcv pipe to make it an 1800's smokestack . . . with a little help from my skeptical youngest assistant.

I'm off to get a few more parts this afternoon. It's really coming together. Now who wants to go on a road trip to Delaware with me?

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Orukter Amphibolos - Translation: Big Project in the Works

I've been commissioned to make a Steampunk version of the Orukter Amphibolos for a new restaurant opening in Delaware called Grain. They are planning to hang it from the ceiling in the bar area.

Orukter Amphibolos

Now, let's get serious, I know what you're thinking. And, no, I don't know why they have confidence in me either. I've certainly never attempted anything this big before, but, let me tell you, it's been crazy fun to start something new and challenging like this. In fact, on good days, I think I may just pull it off.

I first spent a good six weeks just thinking about ideas and then finally took the plunge and had this wooden trough made (four feet long and eight inches tall). I figured I could use it as a feeding trough and become a farmer if things didn't work out. But at an antique store, I came across these amazing iron wheels which fit perfectly, and it seemed that this vehicle just might come together.

As I've continued to collect potential parts, the paddle wheel has been a particularly troubling piece . . . until I happened across this rusty garden cultivator.

Disassembly is probably my favorite part, so taking apart the cultivator to get the cylinder was quite satisfying. (Full disclosure: I'm not 100% sure how I'm going to use it in the end, but it's a great base. Vintage and rusty.)

I've also been playing around with ideas for the interior "engine," which is proving to be challenging in its own right. But I've found some cool vintage pieces to incorporate, like a worn horse yoke (the upper horizontal piece), an old tool box, pieces of barn wood, and another of those fantastic iron wheels (for the flywheel). I'm sure this will go through a few more revisions in the days to come.

Yesterday was the first day of real, no-turning-back work. My dad helped me mount the axles and wheels for the main body. He's good at making sure things are extra sturdy.

I'm contemplating the paddle wheel situation next, but I'm feeling good about the progress so far. Wish me luck as I press on--the deadline is looming ever closer.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

New Workshop!

We're finally in the new place, and I've set up a temporary workshop in the downstairs bar area . . . because a drill press is more important than a cocktail, right? Not to mention I'm completely anti-social, and, therefore, not planning on entertaining . . . ever.

My littlest assistant made himself comfortable right away.

And now to get down to work on the Orukter Amphibolos project.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Ode to Bot

I have packed 99% of my workshop now.

Ah, lonely drill press! You sit on the loveliest, sturdiest shelves ever made. Will you miss them?

Of course, in the midst of packing, I had to make one final bot.

This is the last to be made here in Baldwin City. Next stop, Tonganoxie . . . with a minor layover at my poor parents' for two weeks.

Robot on.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bot Adoption Time!

In the midst of packing up the house, I'm trying to get some of my completed robots up on Etsy, including the fabulous Otto the Otter Bot!

Okay, yes, I'm a bit of a procrastinator and really hate packing. But that means you get to adopt a reassembled robot!

Go. Adopt. And live happily ever after.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mama's Day!

My mom and I have had an up and down relationship over the years. (How could it not be when teenage years were involved?) But as our relationship has deepened in adulthood, it's definitely become a blessing in my life.

My mom gets my sarcasm and the way I see the world. She's always willing to help with my horde of kids and is even willing to let us invade her home while we try to find our next home. PLUS, she's clearing a space for my drill press. Enough said.

Thanks for all you do, Mom.

P.S. And thanks to my boys for letting me realize how much I truly love being a mom. You guys are my world--smelly armpits, snotty noses, and all.

Friday, May 1, 2015

31 Flavors of KC - and the Robots Are Up First!

Join KCSourceLink in celebrating various entrepreneurs and businesses in the Kansas City area.

I have the honor of being the representative for May 1st. Check out my profile and sometimes goofy answers here. Plus, you can get 15% off in my Etsy shop all month long using the coupon code KCRocks at checkout. Sweet!

Be sure to follow the 31 Flavors of KC all month long!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Day 30 (Creative Sprint): Crossing the Finish Line

Day 30: Make a trophy or award for yourself for completing Creative Sprint.

Though neither Norman nor I are much for actual running, we definitely enjoyed this Creative Sprint. Thanks, Another Limited Rebellion!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Day 29 (Creative Sprint): Hide-n-Seek

Day 29 (Creative Sprint): Make something someone else has to find. Provide a map or clues to lead seekers to the location where it is hidden.

My 8-year-old and I teamed up with our Bitty Bots for this one. We hid the Bots in the kitchen high above everything and then wrote coded clues using a cypher disk. The older boys had to translate the code and find them. Inside one was the message, "Tag! You're it!" Perhaps Robot Hide-n-Seek will catch on around here.