When I was at Automatacon this spring I saw a wonderful automata of a boy trapped in a glass jar. I was impressed and filed the idea of trying something similar away in the back of my brain. Well it is finally starting to dribble back out.
This is a gas container I have found to try something out. It is actually a lemonade urn, the convenience of which is that it already has a hole in the side where the spigot fit in. This will be the entry for my hand crank. Not sure how this will turn out yet. I am sort of making it up as I go along. I don't know the space requirements for the mechanism or the character until I progress a little more so nothing is permanent yet. For now I made preliminary internal structure that will hold the contents that will be fitted in through the lid. Here's a photo of the first steps.
For those who love a mystery, the second picture is the start of something that I hope will end up inside. I won't declare anything yet in case it all goes haywire!
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.