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Iris Ball Puzzle Box

posted Feb 22, 2017, 7:32 PM by Shasa Bolton

Just completed a new 3D printed Puzzle Box design

Secret opening 
- Turn dials 
- Twist
Mechanisms 3D Printed in one piece.

Thanks for watching

Mechanical Swan by Shasa Bolton

posted Dec 14, 2016, 5:04 PM by Shasa Bolton   [ updated Dec 14, 2016, 5:07 PM ]

Mechanical Swan by Shasa Bolton.

I was thrilled to discover a great flapping mechanism in a work by Keith Newstead and simply had to try it in my next project. Here it is...

Black Swan with steel and wood.
The body is made from many M12 washers welded together,
The wings are laser cut with a Tasmanian Oak veneer.
Driven by a large brass worm drive.

Cherry Eater Automaton Clock Kit

posted Dec 1, 2016, 7:09 PM by Shasa Bolton

Here is my latest 3D printed Automaton Clock Kit. A Cherry Eating Monk, powered by a wind up clock. 
Kits are for sale here.

Singing Bird Automaton clock kit

posted Oct 2, 2016, 11:09 PM by Shasa Bolton   [ updated Oct 13, 2016, 2:51 PM ]

Just finished my latest automaton kit

"Tweet" the singing bird automaton clock.

Available to buy at

Flapping wings in Steel and Glass

posted Aug 15, 2016, 9:36 PM by Shasa Bolton

Wings in Steel an Glass

Just sharing with you my newly completed sculpture for the Contraptuary Mechanical Gallery. 

Flapping wings in steel with glass lamp worked feathers.

3D Printed animated toothbrush holders

posted Jun 1, 2016, 9:59 PM by Shasa Bolton   [ updated Jun 1, 2016, 10:03 PM ]

My first little 3D printed designs. 
Animated Toothbrush Friends, all printed with mechanical joints in place.

Bell Gym

posted Apr 15, 2016, 2:56 PM by Shasa Bolton   [ updated Apr 15, 2016, 3:05 PM ]


Just wanted to share my latest project here at the Contraptuary.

tries out The Bell Gym made for their Embassy garden.


posted Nov 13, 2015, 5:24 PM by Shasa Bolton

Hi, I've just completed  the Contraptuary's latest machine.

An anthropomorphic glass eye on the end of a 3 stage tentacle. Watch as he discovers his own reflection in the mirror. Actuated with 6 servo motors controlled by an arduino micro controller. 
Built by Shasa Bolton

Scriblo the writing automaton

posted Feb 5, 2015, 10:05 PM by Shasa Bolton

Hey just wanted to share with you my latest Automaton Kit. 

Scriblo can sketch simple words and pictures when you turn the handle. He comes in flat pack kit form. Pieces slot together without glue. Mount him on the wall or table. The kit comes with the cams to spell "yes". 

Make him draw your own sketches with the additional "Cam Kit" 
Includes 2 blank cams and computer software to turn your sketch into cam profiles. Click here to try.

Or I can make custom machined cams for you that scribe your desired simple message or picture. Perhaps a nick name, I love u,,,
                                                                                                  Contact me to discuss.

Motorize Your Wing Machine

posted Jan 14, 2015, 7:00 PM by Shasa Bolton

Watch your "Wing Mech 1" flap all by itself. 

My wing kits are selling well

I am now making electric Motor Kits as an optional extra.

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