Materials used: paper, magnets, wood, steel wire, mirror, musicbox winding mechanism, brass.
The mystery of the univers shown in 17 panels.
Some interactivity on the viewer's part is required to set in motion a falling star and a supernova.
petit univers II
The mystery of the univers shown in 12 panels.
Some interactivity on the viewer's part is required to set in motion
a falling star, a supernova and a falling apple.
For a long time I have wanted to make a dragon that can spit fire without the use of real fire or chemicals, but I always thought it was impossible.
Then I discovered a trick with a mirror. I used mirrors for many of my automata. In this case I removed some of the reflective layer behind the mirror, at the place where I wanted the fire to show. The light of the fire is behind the mirror.
The dragon itself is made from paper.
fire spitting dragon
I also made a 'Steampunk' version. This dragon is made from some brass gears and other materials from a small clock. I used a zipper to make the flexible neck of the dragon. All the other gears at the bottom and the sides of the mechanism - the brass tubes and the winding key on the right - are just for decoration, and to give it a steampunk feel.
Life is good and peaceful here, although there is not much space on this miniature planet.
I made this planetoide from paper.
It is very small, only 5cm high.
The movement is created with a battery clock.
Another automaton based on the same construction as the Chameleon. The Tortoise itself is made of paper, but the eye is a very small ball-magnet. When wound up, the animal
the grumpy tortoise
Or is this Tortoise
just being too critical
about what it sees?
slowly sticks out its head, looks around as if in agony, before retreating to the safety of its shell.
This paper seahorse swims its little circles with the use of a battery-clock.
I had fun making this very simple mechanism.
These small lizards live in trees.
During mating season, male flying lizards defend their territories.
They court females by displaying their bright yellow throat flap.
Materials used: paper, wood, magnets, bark-paper (papyrus).
a magical fish caroussel
When the mechanism is wound up, eight fish calmy swim by. Just like the chameleon, the illusion is created with a mirror. Each fish is handcrafted from paper.
The paper Deinonychus hatches from its egg in this video
Click here to download the free template of the Deinonychus.
watch this chameleon come to life!
Ocassionally I make animals that move! These are called automata. An automaton is a non-electronic moving machine, that is made to resemble human or animal actions.
Read more about automata here.
When wound up, this monkey pops up out of the leaves and shows all kind of different expressions.
A video is in the making.