Well, another holiday has come upon us and the wreath has undergone another transformation. At this point a number of delivery drivers know our house by name, one of which pointed out that we now have a jackalope. I was going to correct that assertion, but then realized that he was effectively correct. It's just weird thinking about making a mythical creature by adding bunny ears...
Anyways, the variations I've made thus far haven't been super elaborate but I've kept the budget for all the costume changes under $15 each. I'm guessing this trend will continue until Halloween rolls around again, at which point I may be able to convince myself to splurge a bit.
In the mean time, here are some additional pictures of the wreath:
We also added some eggs to the tree to keep with the Easter theme:
So after the Halloween season I left the tree and wreath up a bit longer than expected so they both spontaneously became a little Christmas-y. Just added some red lights, a little holly and pine cones, candy canes, and some festive hats and they were ready to spread some Christmas cheer! Or terror, or existential dread, or something else. The feeling they elicit is different from person to person and is often a little hard to nail down. Anyways, happy holidays!
Aside from the daily grind of cutting and packing enclosure kits, I like to work on some other creative projects. Here are a few of the things that I am currently working on (with circuit design and programming help from Craig).
This little project is for a local performance troupe that is planning on doing a show focused on fire. It was fun to take out the Unimat Machine Lathe to make the nozzle.
The unit will have some different modes, indicated by LEDs around the nozzle. One of the modes will be for a small flame about the size of a regular lighter or a little bigger to allow for the lighting of cigarettes and fire breathing.
The final form of the Flame Glove unit will be a small pack worn on the waist with the silicon hose going up the back and down the arm to a leather glove with the nozzle riveted to the palm. The amount of gas being let out will be controlled by a flex sensor in one of the fingers of the glove.
This is a project I've been wanting to do for a while. The same guy that is in charge of the performance troupe is doing some art for a pop up restaurant and one of the things he is doing is making an "angel like" costume and we thought it would be awesome to make some articulated wings for it.
This is a half scale model of the wing structure that I printed on our Oni 3D printer that we are beta testing for a local guy Tom, who designed it. Here is a link to his website: Oni Technology