Having made a few weather toys that move in response to higher humidity, I wanted to try building the Instructables Robot. My last toy is a wooden Gendarme that salutes when rain is coming; but the Robot should hate rain, due to rust, so, She raises her arms and celebrates Dry Weather! No Electronics were needed, so this Robot needs no batteries!
Step 1: Bending the Frame & Gluing the Front
Step 2: Best Clamps
Clamps tend to leave dents in the foam, so I used fingers to hold, use gel glue if you want more control.
Step 3: The Pine Cone Used
Step 4: Mounting the Pine Scale
Mounted on a Popsicle stick cut to fit & with a slot cut to take the base of the pine scale, I dried the scale in a microwave 10 seconds or so to get it very nearly dry, it will rest on the stick if bone dry. Coating the scale with very salty water will let it draw moisture from the air better.
Step 5: Check for Movement
Step 6: A Peak at My Notes
Here is a scan of my note book showing the model picture used and some of the notes on construction.
Step 7: Self Stick Foam Parts
The self adhesive foam parts can be removed & repositioned at will.
Step 8: Checking the Look
The arms, here were not yet mounted, just checking the look.
Step 9: Getting Ready to Mount the Works
With holes drilled in the tip of the pine scale (I like to call them petals), we are ready to glue the bottom in place. Lots of room left front and back for air to circulate.
Step 10: Mounting Detail
Step 11: Arms With Pullys in Place
Step 12: Salute!
My previous toy, Pierre the Gendarme, has his scale mounted inverted, so he salutes the rain. The arm was pushed into a salute for this photo, the scale is only half way extended. You can easily see how he works.
Step 14: The Arms
Step 16: Mounting the Back.
Step 17: Trim the Edges
Step 18: Super Glue!
Watch the thumbs! I got stuck a few times but pulled loose easily, no skin lost.
Step 19: 1st Prototype
My first prototype lost his head when he saw Miss Insructable, I stuck his face on the curved side & a little trimming, it fit!, Later, a new face was added.
Step 20: Now to Test Ms Robot.
We are having rain, try to chill, The thingy on her left is three pine scales glued end to end, it is straight out meaning 100% humid, it will curl into a hoop when it's dry.