September 19, 2011 | 1:00pm
The local creative says he used to craft huge, kinetic installations with movable pieces. He's recently scaled down his kinetic efforts to moving air balloon and bicycle earrings available at Indie Arthouse and a special series of robot earrings that you can find at Jobot.
We caught up with Brown, who gave us a few insights on how these robots are made ...
- Block of ½-inch square balsa dowel, block of ¼-inch square balsa dowel, and block of 1/8-inch round wooden dowel
- Keyhole saw.
- 26 Gage color wire and eye pins.
- Super glue.
- Round nose wire cutters and small pin nosed pliers.
- Metallic spray paint.
1. To begin, Brown cuts a 3/8-inch piece from the ½-inch balsa dowel (this will be used as the body) and sands the ends to get rid of any splinters or grain.
2. Brown then cuts off a ¼-inch piece from the ¼-inch dowel (the head) and sands it.
"You have to sand it so it looks really smooth and the grain doesn't show up when you paint it," he says.
4. The next step is cutting and sanding four 1/8-inch pieces from the dowel to use as both the hands and feet.
5. Once all of the pieces are sanded, Brown uses super glue to hold the head and body of the robot together.
He says holding the pieces for five seconds should be enough to make them stick.
6. Using the pin nosed pliers, Brown twists two pieces of 26 gage wires into small loops. These will be the robot's eyes.
7. The next step is to wrap a separate piece of wire around a thin pen. The piece of wire should now be in the shape of a circle. Brown uses round nose wire cutters to cut the wire ring in half, which makes the robot's smile.
8. With all the pieces now ready, Brown adds the arms and legs to the robot using super glue and let's the robot stand to dry, before proceeding to glue the hands and feet to the limbs.
9. Brown then takes the wooden robot to an open space and lightly sprays it with metallic paint.
10. Covering the face of the robot with a thin layer of super glue, he quickly places the eyes and mouth on it. "You can use a pin to move the pieces around to your liking," says Brown.
11. Now that the robot is complete, Brown sticks an eye pin into the head of your robot and connects it to an ear wire using the pin nose pliers.
Ethan Brown's robot earrings can be purchased at Indie ArtHouse and JoBot coffee for $15.
To learn more about his other projects (he also makes wooden racing turtles), visit Indie ArtHouse
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