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Feb 27, 2009

Automaton Circus

I've been a bad blogger this week.
Busy busy busy cranking out the theater cards for Beauty and the Beast, and I had to make a 17th birthday card. Last year I borrowed Robert Sabuda's cake idea for a Sweet 16 card. Of course, I had to top that, right?
It seemed like a perfect opportunity to try out an automaton--a crank activated, 3d, paper machine. Let me start by saying I have never made one before. So of course, did I start with something like this simple but beautiful butterfly by Cera Cera?

HA! Of course not. I decided to plunge in and make this one from Paper Pino.

Oh. My. God.
I have been cutting and scoring and folding and gluing tiny little pieces all week long.
But it works! It works!
Like the wedding cake pop up card, this is something I don't think I'll ever feel the need to make again!
I am in total awe of the designer. As Daughter said, "Who MAKES something like this?"
Lots of people, apparently. Put the words "automata" and "paper" into Google. You'll be amazed.