Introduction: DIY Vibrator for Kinetic Sculpture And/or Casting Plaster

In this Instructable I will show you how to make a vibrating motor for kinetic sculptures and/or a vibrator to release air bubbles when casting plaster/gypsum/concrete etc.

Step 1: Get a Fan

Start with any old fan. Larger fan motors move larger objects...this little desk fan would be great to vibrate the bubbles out of plaster. A large box fan is better to violently animate objects in your studio. (suitcase, chairs, tables, etc)

Step 2: Remove the Blade

unscrew the lid of the fan. remove the fan blade by pulling it off. It might have a screw that you'll have to remove.

Step 3: Add a C-clamp

Add a C-clamp to the rod that used to spin the fan. The larger the c-clamp the larger the vibration.

Step 4: Attach the Fan to the Object You Would Like to Animate

figure out a way to attach the motor to the object you would like to animate. Plug it in.

There you have it! Go make a vibrating thing!

PS. a boxy suitcase makes a great vibrating box for small plaster casting projects....

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amberrayh (author)2015-02-13

This is a cool project. The movies were really helpful for understanding what you've got going on here. Thanks for sharing and welcome to Instructables! Hope to see more from you in the future!

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