With this wood and wire kit you will be able to build your own automata / moving sculpture. Using the power of cranks you can bring stories and characters to life.
Be inspired by the crank movement to experiment with the assortment of craft materials to create quirky scenes. The kit is also ideal for adding found and recycled materials of your own. The base blocks are sturdy wood which will last for many experiments.
This versatile kit allows you to vary the mechanism and change and adapt your creative scenes.
This kit contains:
- 2 Wooden blocks with hole drilled through
- cork tile
- silver coated wire (18 gauge)
- Assorted craft materials
- Instructions booklet with a link to a How-To video
You will need to find:
Masking tape or hot glue gun. Scissors or craft knife. Your favourite materials for making such as card, magazine photos or other recycled materials.
This tried and tested kit has been part of our online Automata Tinkering Global Workshops since 2020.
Share your creations using #CMTmaking and join the community of CMT automata making.
View the Gallery of Example projects and add your own here:
Cranky Contraptions Gallery Padlet
Example projects designed by Loulou Cousin.
Kit Design: Ryan Jenkins – Wonderful Idea Co. Based on a design from the Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium, San Francisco. tinkering.exploratorium.edu
© Cabaret Mechanical Theatre 2022
Warning! This is not a toy. Not suitable for children under 3 years. Adult supervision is required.