our greatest assets are our abilities to build and manipulate objects and
materials. Those manipulations teach much about the world and ourselves and
add to our appreciation of what is around us. Perhaps here you will find
some inspiration for adding to your appreciation of yourself and some of
what is around you.
Here are described projects that have not yet been built. Because they have not been tested, unexpected problems might occur if you try one of these projects. Good luck and be careful.
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Slide and fall -- A mechanical curiosity that slides a short distance, falls a short distance and repeats the process until it gets to the end of its track.
Snow/Ice arch -- Make a form out of saplings, wire, cardboard, plastic rap, cord and tape. Pile snow dampened with water on top and let it freeze.
Miniature fanciful can house -- Made from numerous odds and ends starting with a tin can.
Set this device on two
small nails that are driven maybe half way into a board or pushed half way
into cardboard. The nails are not lined up horizontally. They are aligned
at about 45 degrees. That steep angle causes the shape to side toward the
lower nail until the upper end of the shape is no longer supported by the
upper nail. At that time the upper end falls and is stopped by a third nail.
Now the slider is again at a 45 degree anlge, this time with the third nail
being the lower of the two supporting nails. The slider again begins to slide
on two nails. The process repeats as the slider makes it way downward for
however many nails have been placed in an alternating pattern shown in the
second diagram of this section.
This project is built using wooden poles bent into an arch shape. Two such
arches are placed side by side about 8 inches apart. 5 cross piece
are wired to the underside of the arches. The purpose of the cross pieces
is to align the arches relative to each other. A 10 inch wide length of
corrugated cardboard is placed on top of the arch covering the full length
of the arch. Heavy string is then used to stitch the cardboard to the poles.
The cardboard is covered with plastic food wrap whose edges are folded around
and under the edges of the cardboard. Tape is used to hold the edges of the
plastic in place. Snow sprinkled with water can then be placed on the arch
and left to freeze solid. Several applications of the snow/water are made
with time between applications for freezeing. That way the strength of the
arch gradually increases as the weight of the arch increases.
Miniature can house
This is made from a metal
can, a round cardboard oatmeal container or some other appropriate item that
you think would make a good starting shape for a model house. Opennings for
windows and doors are made. Add any features desired such as stairways, patios,
observation decks, balconies, awnings, decorative archetectural features
and etc. Hang the model from the ceiling, set it on a desk or shelf or attach
it to a wall.
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