My post for the blog hop was so long already I didn’t want to go into too much detail about how I made the Ferris Wheel, however with a number of you asking about it and especially asking how long it took I thought I would write up another post about the Ferris Wheel.
I know many of you know my love for colouring and that is what you see most of, however my absolute passion is in creating these types of creations that are ‘real’, that you can play with, that do something more than look pretty on a shelf for a little while.
I have been creating stuff with my hands ever since I can remember. I used to create prototypes of products we were designing and would cut it all by hand with a ruler and knife, I joined a wood working group many years ago and learned to use a lathe to create my own bowls and all sorts of things, I even had a job for a little while at an architectural model firm which actually led me to taking an engineering course in mechanical engineering. However, I had always wanted to do something crafty because I am naturally drawn to the creative side of life and all these experiences have helped form who I am today. AND now that I finally have my BIG Toy laser I can design and create ALL of my ideas without having to spend hours cutting out everything with my trusty ruler and knife!
So with that explained I am hoping you don’t think I am insane any more! hahaa Ok just a little – enough to keep me creative!
So I did mention in my post that I had wanted to make a Ferris wheel for a long time – I have also wanted to make a carousel but that is MUCH harder – so I did opt for the easy option!
I only finally made the decision to make the Ferris Wheel at the last minute on Saturday just gone as I thought if I didn’t make it now then it would just continue to be put off and never get made.
So the first step was to look at some photos of Ferris wheels, grab some ideas and then go from there.
I used a graphics program to design and create all the little pieces. I had to imagine how everything would come together and insert slots that would connect pieces together. Designing pieces that are flat to bring together as a 3D object can be confusing at times but it is a great way to exercise your brain! It’s like a puzzle!
Here is what all the pieces are to build the ferris wheel.
Some of the hardest parts are taking the thickness of the material into consideration, deciding on the size, spacing between moving objects so they don’t rub against each other, and of course working out how to make the mechanism work so it will turn.
I spent a few hours designing all the pieces and was ready Saturday night to make my first prototype.
My first prototype was pretty close! But I had to go back and make some adjustments to a few areas I hadn’t realised would collide with each other.
My second prototype was great but I had this problem that it was a little top heavy. Everything worked and here is a photo of it in it’s raw state.
I had added extra pieces in to try an make it sturdier but the fact of the matter was the material for the sides was just too thin.
So I decided to use much thicker board and had to go back and recalculate all the sizes and width of items to account for the new thickness in board. I thought I had it right but it turned out that I missed just one piece which put the whole thing out of whack. So again back to change that and by Sunday night I had the finished design.
Then over the next few days I painted all the pieces. Fortunately my OH highly recommended using an undercoat which really helped to bring out the brightness in colour. But the weather was terrible and raining and so drying time was bad and the DOGS! I could have throttled em I tell ya. They just have to be part of everything and walked over it and come up sniff it and drop their hairs everywhere. But I love em… just didn’t love em right then!! lol
So after picking out all the dog hairs.. lol I began putting it all together for the last time. I had chosen a gloss paint and boy do I wish I had have gone with a matt paint! My fingers would get all stained from the staining of the cuts and because I had left the pieces in the sheet to paint when I pulled them out I would get charring on my fingers that would then go straight onto the glossy yellow paint. argh!! But I was running out of time by this point and I didn’t have enough time to make another one. I still had to colour all the images!!!
So… whilst part of the ferris wheel was drying I began to colour the images. It was good actually as I am not very patient waiting for glue to dry. hahaa
And you have seen the end result but I’ll show you again…
So all in all, I think it took about 6 or so hours to design it and iron out all the kinks.
And then probably about the same amount of time on and off to paint it, put it all together and colour the images.
Was well worth the fun though. And maybe some day I’ll offer the Ferris Wheel as a kit you can make yourself!
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