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Hummingbird Door Knocker

posted Aug 17, 2017, 10:05 PM by Shasa Bolton   [ updated Aug 17, 2017, 10:09 PM ]

Only once have I had the joy of seeing a real life hummingbird. They don't live here in Australia, but I spied one at fisherman's wharf San Fancisco. It blew my mind with its agility, robotic like precision and incredible tininess. This is my take on the traditional wood pecker door knocker. I sculpted the bird in wax then cast it in pewter. I laser etch the wooden mounting into Tasmanian Oak veneer then finish it off with one of my handmade glass beads.

Give it a pull and the hummingbird dips into the flower giving a tap to alert anyone in the room behind the door.

A novel and useful artwork, for your toilet, office or front door if your house is not too large.

by Shasa Bolton

You can order one here

Musical Marble Tree

posted Apr 25, 2017, 5:43 PM by Shasa Bolton

I have redesigned the ever popular marble tree. It is now a small flat pack kit, easily posted and assembled.

Available here

Skrippy - My writing and drawing automaton

posted Apr 12, 2017, 11:30 PM by Shasa Bolton

Skrippy Kit For sale here
I have long been captivated by the drawing and writing machines that came out around the 1800's by Swiss clock makers. Here is the result of my desire to bring about a simple version of my own design to be assembled by the common man. How funny it is to see this little character come to life and scribble on the page in your very own handwriting, as if possessing a tiny part of your being.
Introducing Skrippy!!

by Shasa Bolton

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.

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