CAROUSEL

HoW I MADE IT...

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I began by making a CAD design using Rhino software which I could then transfer to Adobe Illustrator for the laser cutter. I prototyped using different thicknesses of plywood, different gear ratios, proportions etc in order to get the desired motion and overall image. 

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The horse puppets have a wire armature and built up using hard and soft foam. The soft foam allows the puppet to be adjusted in the right places. I also used polymorph to add a skelton to the slim limbs. Then, they are wrapped in exercise wrap dipped in liquid latex, painted and details added.

 

I wanted the horses to appear as if they are stumbling over each other, crowded on the racetrack.

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The top of the carousel includes the fencing, betting boards, horses numbers and betting slips on the ground below the horses feet.