Clangers

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Whilst working on my puppet I became reminded of the Iron Chicken featured in the Clangers.

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I find the obvious use of nuts and bolts for its construction very appealing.  I feel it creates a heavy-duty, industrial appearance and gives the puppet a lot of interest. I plan to incorporate elements of this into my own puppet to draw attention to specific areas and emphasize important features.

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Body

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I decided to build the main structure of the body out of steel as this offers structural integrity and sufficient support for the mechanism.  Also, I have sanded down and polished the surface of the steel to try to bring out its reflective qualities.

 

Mechanism

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I decided to add additional manipulation to the bird by creating movement in the tail. These are the two mechanisms I have created to control the movement.

To attach/support the mechanisms I have used a bolt, as a pivot, for the movement of the tail and cut a small slit in the metal to guide the wing mechanism, making sure it is long enough to encompass its range of movement and I attached it in place by making two brackets out of aluminium, which I carefully shaped using a swage block, to hold the metal rod/pivot in place.

The longer the lever from the pivot, the shallower the movement of the tail; this was important as it required greater wing movement and lesser tail movement.

Structure

After building this structure I discovered a problem.  The wire structure interfered with the mechanism for the wings allowing no room for movement and offered a lack of support for the pivot. These were the factors that lead to the decision to continue only with the alternate structural idea.