3D Printed Moleskin Costumes: Tails, Wheels and Ears … and a Train

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Intro: 3D Printed Moleskin Costumes: Tails, Wheels and Ears … and a Train

Why are costumes only for people and small animals? It's not fair that mammals get to have all the fun. With this mission in mind, we set off to answer this question by creating clever costume clips for our Pier 9 Artist in Residence Moleskin Notebooks.

From 3D printing to woodworking, we played with a range of mediums for making little accessories for our notebooks!

Step 1: Make a Moleskin Train or Wheeled Stand

This step is composed of 31 sub steps

See the movie in the intro for how the train works.

Step 2: Measure the Thickness at the Binding of the Moleskin

Step 3: Transfer Measurement to a Piece of Maple for Your First Book Clip

This image shows pine which was used for the testing. Instead, use a piece of maple ~ 1.25" x .75" by at least 12". Mark so that the cut away will go in from a 1.25" edge in the 12" direction.

Step 4: Set Table Saw Blade Angle to 3 Degrees

Step 5: Set Depth of Cut to 1/2"

Step 6: Cut Clip Dado

Use a tenoning jig for the table saw. Note the position of the maple stock. Start from the center of the stock moving outwards and flipping the stock around so that each side gets cut away symmetrically. Stop just inside your transfer lines and test on a moleskin. Adjust cuts until clip will fit snugly onto moleskin (the second picture is from the pine prototype -- you will have a long maple stick with the dado on the end). Cut to a length of 7/8" to 1".

Repeat these steps until you have 2 clips for each moleskin in the train.

Step 7: Drill 3 Holes in Each of Your Clips.

You can see where the holes go from the finished clips in the first photo. You will drill an 1/8" hole in the center top all the way through the clip for the coupling, a 1/8" hole in the back center of the clip about 1/4" from the bottom for the tail and a 9/64" hole for the axle that in 5/32" in from the bottom at the back corner and 5/32" from the back. Repeat this for each clip.

Use a file to rould over all the edges in each clip

Step 8: Cut 1/8" Dowels to 1.25" Lengths for the Axles

Step 9: Center Drill 3/4" Maple Dowel for Wheels

Chuck up a 3/4" diameter about 4" long maple dowel in the lathe, center drill both ends and complete drilling with a 1/8" bit.

Step 10: Make the Wheels About 1/4" Thick

On the bandsaw, using a mitre gauge, cut the wheels.

Sand the edges of the wheels to remove cut fluff.

Step 11: Glue on a 1/16" Maple Bottom

The image shows me using superglue but wood glue is preferable.

Step 12: Assemble the Clips

You can stop here if you want a wheeled book stand. But….. Continue if you want a moleskine train ...

Step 13: Shoe Lace Tail and Train Parts

You can super glue in an old shoe lace for a tail/ pull to one of the clips. Cut some train couplings from 1/4" multiply x 1.5" x 1/2" drill 9/64" holes 1/4" in from each end. Gather parts and ...

Step 14:

Put clips onto the books add couplings with 1/8" dowel pieces. Put pull clip onto the from

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