A key step in making automata is assembling the designed piece and ensuring that it lives up to expectations. It is often necessary to provide temporary adhesives to freeze gears and cams in place so the entire mechanism will work. I was unable to find a supplier of a latex adhesive used to England for this purpose and I could see paying to import such small amounts of product to Canada.
I am often asked about what I use myself so I decided to share my system on the blog site. I use a product called Mehron Liquid Latex. It's most common use is to glue latex masks onto to actors faces. You find small bottles of it at many party or costume stores. Just to help you find it here is a photo of a 1 oz. bottle of the product. I found this one in a blister pack on a product wall in a store.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.