Exploring ways to make Kinetic sculptures has been complex, there are many types of material that can be used such as plywood, thin metal sheet or wire, plastic, card and paper. Heavier materials like cast plaster or thicker metals make the fabrication much more complicated. Its so much easier to experiment and learn with paper and card.
One of the most useful lessons is to understand that that the balance begins at the bottom, not the top – an easy mistake to make.
Getting the separate elements to balance always requires the hanging point to be at the pivot point but that in itself can be hard to find.
One of the early kinetic sculptures made from Colorplan® card.
I have been testing various shapes and materials, Colourplan Card is very beautiful but quite hard to cut out fast enough or accurately enough, though I made made quite a number, see previous post.
I investigated having them laser cut which does work well but then there’s the issue of how to join the various pieces. And what kind of thread to use. Are are some made in slightly different ways.
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I love seeing all those interesting shapes moving, they are beautiful!
Very interesting! I am into painting myself but finding the correct pivot and actually creating the sculpture itself sounds like a fascinating process! Where do you usually get inspiration from for your sculptures?
Thanks JC, I have more ideas in the pipeline!
Thanks Iasonas, I am most often inspired by geometry and patterns.
Love these to bits Sally, I could sit and watch them move all day, they’re mesmerising 😊
Hi Phil! thanks so much, I’m thrilled about the way they’re going, more designs in development. New website coming soon.