I had no time for it, but kept the project on my To Do list, just in case an opportunity would show up.
Life being life, the perfect moment came when our friend and collegue Matthieu announced that he was going to be a father.
I already had experience with this kind of object with the project "Fall" . I used this knowledge to make a first experiment about balance during a workshop with Patricia Urquiola at Domaine de Boisbuchet, but the result was too big. The mobile had to fit in a Parisian appartment and be safe for a child. When baby Joseph was born, on december 7th 2013, I had to no choice than to finish what I had started. I designed a completely different mobile using the GREAT Autodesk app 123D design. Using the experience I got from my previous experiments, making it work was very easy.
I'm very proud of the result.
Matthieu and his son also love the bird mobile very much.
Here is the making of and how to make your own :
Step 1: The Dowels
Cut the big one at 75 cm and the small one at 50cm. It will be the structure of your mobile.
Then smooth the edges if necessary.
Step 2: Print the 3D Parts
- The Cloud (we used infill : 0 ; White PLA)
- 2 flying birds (infill : 0 ; White PLA + Raft)
- 6 standing birds (infill : 0 ; White PLA + Raft)
- 4 big clips (no raft needed)
- 3 small clips (no raft needed)
In blue : http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:269088
Or 123D : http://www.123dapp.com/MyCorner/SamuelBernier994-21156994/projects
Step 3: Strings
Make a knot for the flying birds as shown in the video and cut the excess.
Leave 15 to 20 cm of thread to hang the parts.
Step 4: Clips
Use one clip in the midle to hang to mobile to the ceiling and one more to hang the small dowel.
Assemble the small dowel with the flying birds as shown in the last picture
Step 5: Birds
Step 6: Balance & Configuration
Or course you can play with different configurations !
Step 7: Customize
I uploaded the original files on the 123D community so that anybody can modify them and print them.
Note that I used an old drawing technique to create the objects. I merged some basic volumes such as cubes, spheres and cones and used other functions to smooth the intersections.
Here is where to get them : http://www.123dapp.com/Project/Joseph-s-bird-mobile/2197228
Step 8: Enjoy
Make sure that all components are holding correctly.
The mobile might loose it's balance once in a while. Just move the clips left and right to re-adjust it.
Try many of them, create your own birds and different colours! Glow in the dark, transparent, woodfill, seaweed filament...