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The sculptor Alexander Calder said "To most people who look at a mobile, it's no more than a series of flat objects that move. To a few, though, ...
Cut out the wood pieces using a jig saw or chop saw. For a first mobile, it is good to start with simple square wood pieces measured 2" ...
Clamp one piece at a time to the work bench and drill a 1" hole into the edge.
With the needle nose pliers, cut off a 15" strand of wire and straighten it.
Make a small U-shaped hook at the end.
To train yourself in making loops in the wire, and to use as a template for the following wires, make loops in the wire strand every 1", so ...
At the base there are two wood pieces balanced on a strand of wire. With the needle nose pliers, cut off another 15" strand of wire and straighten ...
Cut off a 12" strand, straighten it, make a U-shaped hook and bend the hook sideways.
Use the mobile tool to find the arm's tipping point, and that's where you'll make the loop in the arm. Slide a wood piece on the end of ...
Unhook the arm from the tool and hold it next to the tool to determine where you have to make the loop in this arm. Make the loop, ...
Repeat the process for each arm. You can hook the arms all left-facing or mix the left- and right-facing arms.
String the loop of the last arm to a hook in the ceiling.
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