Meet Abby Cess. She is the first tooth in the new automata piece. She gets her name from the from the fact that she has an abscessed tooth. It is only slightly evident at this point by the bulge on her left cheek. With a little paint later in the process it should show more. She does not have a mouth yet. I still have to decide her disposition as it relates to her infliction!
She sits atop a roll of paper towels since she has a long brass rod protruding from her bottom that actuates her eyes. No eyeballs yet!
In the photo below you can see how her eyes work. The rod moves up and down with the cross arm on it. The pins from the back of the eyeballs poke through slightly oversized holes in the cross arm. The eyeballs then pivot up and down as the rod rises and falls. The hinge pin for the eyeballs is a stainless wire epoxied into the inside front of the face. The two pieces of plywood are used to keep the arm from pivoting as it moves up and down.
Working on her chair today, among other things.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.