I mentioned that when I drilled the 1/8" hole through the body, that I would come back and place a small collar in the neck to reduce the hole size.
You can see that I drilled out he neck to glue in a short 3/16" diameter dowel and then drilled out a 3/32" hole. This will act as the bearing for the upper end of the 1/16" diameter actuator rod. In this way the head will not wobble around as it turns.
The next trick is to cover the chicken body with Gesso or sandable sealer. It is excellent to cover the charing marks on the pyrography, a really necessity if you are planning to paint something light coloured, like this white chicken suit. Since I will do her hair colour dark, it is not necessary for her hair.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.