Ashley Davies

@madebirds

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Bird Mechanic. Automata and kinetic sculpture maker. www.madebirds.com
WIP. Stop frame automata. Just a quick update to explain where I’ve been - since I’ve decided to include a miniature moving bird in the automata, I’ve realised this would share many of the mechanics of another weight driven automata I’ve been scheming to make so I am now furiously working on both designs at the same time. Nearly there with the electronic files and then the fun prototyping can commence.

 #madebirds  #automata  #automaton  #kineticsculpture  #kineticart  #mechanicalbirds  #mechanicaltoy  #mechanicalart  #artistoninstagram  #handmade  #etsyseller  #etsyshop  #movingart  #mechanism  #myart  #miniatures  #artist  #artwork  #contemporaryart  #stopmotion  #puppet  #puppetmaking  #modelmaking

WIP. Stop frame automata. Just a quick update to explain where I’ve been - since I’ve decided to include a miniature moving bird in the automata, I’ve realised this would share many of the mechanics of another weight driven automata I’ve been scheming to make so I am now furiously working on both designs at the same time. Nearly there with the electronic files and then the fun prototyping can commence. #madebirds #automata #automaton #kineticsculpture #kineticart #mechanicalbirds #mechanicaltoy #mechanicalart #artistoninstagram #handmade #etsyseller #etsyshop #movingart #mechanism #myart #miniatures #artist #artwork #contemporaryart #stopmotion #puppet #puppetmaking #modelmaking

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8
a month ago
The updated version of the Mallard Birdbox is now also available on Etsy. There’s a few extra details in the landscape - I’ve used thin wedges of green paper to make grass and added some tiny reeds.

12 x 12cm. Link in my bio.

 #madebirds  #automata  #automaton  #kineticsculpture  #kineticart  #mechanicalbirds  #mechanicaltoy  #mechanicalart  #birds  #duck  #mallard  #birdlovers  #birdpainting  #birdsofinstagram  #artistoninstagram  #handmade  #etsyseller  #etsyshop  #movingart  #mechanism  #wildlifeartist  #natureart  #myart  #miniatures  #artist  #artwork  #contemporaryart

The updated version of the Mallard Birdbox is now also available on Etsy. There’s a few extra details in the landscape - I’ve used thin wedges of green paper to make grass and added some tiny reeds. 12 x 12cm. Link in my bio. #madebirds #automata #automaton #kineticsculpture #kineticart #mechanicalbirds #mechanicaltoy #mechanicalart #birds #duck #mallard #birdlovers #birdpainting #birdsofinstagram #artistoninstagram #handmade #etsyseller #etsyshop #movingart #mechanism #wildlifeartist #natureart #myart #miniatures #artist #artwork #contemporaryart

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2
a month ago
Updated version of the parrot Birdbox now available on Etsy!

The new birdboxes have all levelled up with extra decorative details like the carved waves, each hand painted in oils and an improved mechanism for a more articulated flight movement. 12 x 12cm. Link in my bio.

 #madebirds  #automata  #automaton  #kineticsculpture  #kineticart  #mechanicalbirds  #mechanicaltoy  #mechanicalart  #birds  #parrot  #birdlovers  #birdpainting  #birdsofinstagram  #artistoninstagram  #handmade  #etsyseller  #etsyshop  #movingart  #mechanism  #wildlifeartist  #natureart  #myart  #miniatures  #artist  #artwork  #contemporaryart  #macaw

Updated version of the parrot Birdbox now available on Etsy! The new birdboxes have all levelled up with extra decorative details like the carved waves, each hand painted in oils and an improved mechanism for a more articulated flight movement. 12 x 12cm. Link in my bio. #madebirds #automata #automaton #kineticsculpture #kineticart #mechanicalbirds #mechanicaltoy #mechanicalart #birds #parrot #birdlovers #birdpainting #birdsofinstagram #artistoninstagram #handmade #etsyseller #etsyshop #movingart #mechanism #wildlifeartist #natureart #myart #miniatures #artist #artwork #contemporaryart #macaw

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10
a month ago
First swan sold and packed! Thanks to customer for buying so soon after posting on instagram, so much behind the scenes work goes into the videos and social mediaing etc it's such a welcome relief when that happens. 
12 x 12cm carved wood with handmade mechanism and brass fittings. Link in my bio. 

 #madebirds  #automata  #automaton  #kineticsculpture  #kineticart  #mechanicalbirds  #mechanicaltoy  #mechanicalart  #birds  #swan  #birdlovers  #birdpainting  #birdsofinstagram  #artistoninstagram  #handmade  #etsyseller  #etsyshop  #movingart  #mechanism  #wildlifeartist  #natureart  #myart  #miniatures  #artist  #artwork  #contemporaryart

First swan sold and packed! Thanks to customer for buying so soon after posting on instagram, so much behind the scenes work goes into the videos and social mediaing etc it's such a welcome relief when that happens. 12 x 12cm carved wood with handmade mechanism and brass fittings. Link in my bio. #madebirds #automata #automaton #kineticsculpture #kineticart #mechanicalbirds #mechanicaltoy #mechanicalart #birds #swan #birdlovers #birdpainting #birdsofinstagram #artistoninstagram #handmade #etsyseller #etsyshop #movingart #mechanism #wildlifeartist #natureart #myart #miniatures #artist #artwork #contemporaryart

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7
a month ago
First overall test of the mechanism (excluding the bird) it’s a bit rough as I am still terrified of gluing anything permanently in place, but I’ve dropped a little varnish in some of the holes to stiffen things up enough for this testing. Lots of the parts have needed to be remade which has slowed me down. Usually I have a few movements coming directly off a single crank shaft, here I’ve got… I dunno, loads. I don’t normally mind the odd hiccuping part, adds character, but I am finding the tolerance for imperfection is pretty low on more complicated work. At least this means I am learning, for example I had a one-to-one gear moving the stirring cup which in the end meant only half a stir was made before the figure paused, I switched this for two smaller / faster gears so I get a couple of full stirs before the pause which i think is interesting because… who am I kidding, I’ve added a head. That’s all I really need to say.

 #madebirds  #automata  #automaton  #kineticsculpture  #kineticart  #mechanicalbirds  #mechanicaltoy  #mechanicalart  #artistoninstagram  #handmade  #etsyseller  #etsyshop  #movingart  #mechanism  #myart  #miniatures  #artist  #artwork  #contemporaryart  #stopmotion  #puppet  #puppetmaking  #modelmaking

First overall test of the mechanism (excluding the bird) it’s a bit rough as I am still terrified of gluing anything permanently in place, but I’ve dropped a little varnish in some of the holes to stiffen things up enough for this testing. Lots of the parts have needed to be remade which has slowed me down. Usually I have a few movements coming directly off a single crank shaft, here I’ve got… I dunno, loads. I don’t normally mind the odd hiccuping part, adds character, but I am finding the tolerance for imperfection is pretty low on more complicated work. At least this means I am learning, for example I had a one-to-one gear moving the stirring cup which in the end meant only half a stir was made before the figure paused, I switched this for two smaller / faster gears so I get a couple of full stirs before the pause which i think is interesting because… who am I kidding, I’ve added a head. That’s all I really need to say. #madebirds #automata #automaton #kineticsculpture #kineticart #mechanicalbirds #mechanicaltoy #mechanicalart #artistoninstagram #handmade #etsyseller #etsyshop #movingart #mechanism #myart #miniatures #artist #artwork #contemporaryart #stopmotion #puppet #puppetmaking #modelmaking

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16
a month ago
Swan. Automata of a bird flying over rolling water on a starry night. Carved from basswood with handmade mechanism and brass fittings. Now available, link in my bio. 

One of the nice effects of these boxes, which I’ll try and catch in the photos, is that they’re shaded on the inside, but the light comes through the moon ring making it really glow. It can even create a nice shifting spotlight on the waves which is particularly nice, but I’ve struggled to video so you’ll have to take my word for it.

 #madebirds  #automata  #automaton  #kineticsculpture  #kineticart  #mechanicalbirds  #mechanicaltoy  #mechanicalart  #birds  #swan  #birdlovers  #birdpainting  #birdsofinstagram  #artistoninstagram  #handmade  #etsyseller  #etsyshop  #movingart  #mechanism  #wildlifeartist  #natureart  #myart  #miniatures  #artist  #artwork  #contemporaryart

Swan. Automata of a bird flying over rolling water on a starry night. Carved from basswood with handmade mechanism and brass fittings. Now available, link in my bio. One of the nice effects of these boxes, which I’ll try and catch in the photos, is that they’re shaded on the inside, but the light comes through the moon ring making it really glow. It can even create a nice shifting spotlight on the waves which is particularly nice, but I’ve struggled to video so you’ll have to take my word for it. #madebirds #automata #automaton #kineticsculpture #kineticart #mechanicalbirds #mechanicaltoy #mechanicalart #birds #swan #birdlovers #birdpainting #birdsofinstagram #artistoninstagram #handmade #etsyseller #etsyshop #movingart #mechanism #wildlifeartist #natureart #myart #miniatures #artist #artwork #contemporaryart

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a month ago
WIP. Stop motion automata. So inevitably I am going to be making this more complicated. I am not bragging about needing extra challenges but there’s just something about automata which begs for further elaboration and so far it’s been pretty straightforward. I think that’s why work like Keith Newstead’s ended up with lots of little characters popping up and spinning about in a carnival of movement. He just couldn’t help adding more. For mine I want to aim for something a little more realistic to match the feeling of a stop motion scene. I am going to be adding a complicated moving bird opposite the reader. The general theme will be of a frustrated traveller so a peregrine Falcon should work well. The wren is there for a finished example of how it might look. The brown discs beneath the bird will be a series a cams that will pull on strings to work it like a puppet. I’ll add a second video to show an old prototype of a similar mechanism to see how that works.

 #madebirds  #automata  #automaton  #kineticsculpture  #kineticart  #mechanicalbirds  #mechanicaltoy  #mechanicalart  #artistoninstagram  #handmade  #etsyseller  #etsyshop  #movingart  #mechanism  #myart  #miniatures  #artist  #artwork  #contemporaryart  #stopmotion  #puppet  #puppetmaking  #modelmaking

WIP. Stop motion automata. So inevitably I am going to be making this more complicated. I am not bragging about needing extra challenges but there’s just something about automata which begs for further elaboration and so far it’s been pretty straightforward. I think that’s why work like Keith Newstead’s ended up with lots of little characters popping up and spinning about in a carnival of movement. He just couldn’t help adding more. For mine I want to aim for something a little more realistic to match the feeling of a stop motion scene. I am going to be adding a complicated moving bird opposite the reader. The general theme will be of a frustrated traveller so a peregrine Falcon should work well. The wren is there for a finished example of how it might look. The brown discs beneath the bird will be a series a cams that will pull on strings to work it like a puppet. I’ll add a second video to show an old prototype of a similar mechanism to see how that works. #madebirds #automata #automaton #kineticsculpture #kineticart #mechanicalbirds #mechanicaltoy #mechanicalart #artistoninstagram #handmade #etsyseller #etsyshop #movingart #mechanism #myart #miniatures #artist #artwork #contemporaryart #stopmotion #puppet #puppetmaking #modelmaking

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6
a month ago
Today is video day! Gosh this day has been a long time coming but finally I have a few of the new improved Birdboxes ready to record with more batches of the same birds on their way. I am not sure for how much longer I’ll be making these, as they’re pretty labour intensive but it’s such a relief to finally get to this point. Now, a little sunlight to take a few videos would be nice… 

 #madebirds  #automata  #automaton  #kineticsculpture  #kineticart  #mechanicalbirds  #mechanicaltoy  #mechanicalart  #swan  #owl  #heron  #parrot  #duck  #puffin  #birdlovers  #birdpainting  #birdsofinstagram  #artistoninstagram  #handmade  #etsyseller  #etsyshop  #movingart  #mechanism  #wildlifeartist  #natureart  #myart  #miniatures  #contemporaryart

Today is video day! Gosh this day has been a long time coming but finally I have a few of the new improved Birdboxes ready to record with more batches of the same birds on their way. I am not sure for how much longer I’ll be making these, as they’re pretty labour intensive but it’s such a relief to finally get to this point. Now, a little sunlight to take a few videos would be nice… #madebirds #automata #automaton #kineticsculpture #kineticart #mechanicalbirds #mechanicaltoy #mechanicalart #swan #owl #heron #parrot #duck #puffin #birdlovers #birdpainting #birdsofinstagram #artistoninstagram #handmade #etsyseller #etsyshop #movingart #mechanism #wildlifeartist #natureart #myart #miniatures #contemporaryart

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a month ago
WIP. Stop motion automata. Finally turning a new page. Today I am testing the second arm which will turn the pages of the book. Automata is a bit unforgiving and everything needs to be in just the right place or it simply won’t work.
For this part I wanted a simple hand movement in time with the movement of the pages, but by gosh the drama. I have endless angry drawings of incredibly elaborate levers and cams trying to figure out how I can hide the mechanics in the space beneath the table and chair when I finally remembered the rule - the tool moves the hand. The pages themselves can flick the hand rather than the other way round. I also realised I am no engineer so I can’t always work this stuff out fully beforehand, instead I have to take the long way round and make each arm as manipulable as possible so I can i ‘find’ the correct contact points. 

 #madebirds  #automata  #automaton  #kineticsculpture  #kineticart  #mechanicaltoy  #mechanicalart  #artistoninstagram  #handmade  #etsyseller  #etsyshop  #movingart  #mechanism  #myart  #miniatures  #artist  #artwork  #contemporaryart  #stopmotion  #puppet  #puppetmaking  #modelmaking

WIP. Stop motion automata. Finally turning a new page. Today I am testing the second arm which will turn the pages of the book. Automata is a bit unforgiving and everything needs to be in just the right place or it simply won’t work. For this part I wanted a simple hand movement in time with the movement of the pages, but by gosh the drama. I have endless angry drawings of incredibly elaborate levers and cams trying to figure out how I can hide the mechanics in the space beneath the table and chair when I finally remembered the rule - the tool moves the hand. The pages themselves can flick the hand rather than the other way round. I also realised I am no engineer so I can’t always work this stuff out fully beforehand, instead I have to take the long way round and make each arm as manipulable as possible so I can i ‘find’ the correct contact points. #madebirds #automata #automaton #kineticsculpture #kineticart #mechanicaltoy #mechanicalart #artistoninstagram #handmade #etsyseller #etsyshop #movingart #mechanism #myart #miniatures #artist #artwork #contemporaryart #stopmotion #puppet #puppetmaking #modelmaking

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a month ago
WIP. Stop motion automata. Progress - slow going. 
This project is the one I am most excited about, but remains at the bottom of my to do list. Our time together is currently relegated to irregular stolen minutes when I’d much prefer to whisk it away for the weekend. Never mind, I’ve got the arm carved and moving which is saucy as hell.

 #madebirds  #automata  #automaton  #kineticsculpture  #kineticart  #mechanicalbirds  #mechanicaltoy  #mechanicalart  #artistoninstagram  #handmade  #etsyseller  #etsyshop  #movingart  #mechanism  #myart  #miniatures  #artist  #artwork  #contemporaryart  #stopmotion  #puppet  #puppetmaking  #modelmaking

WIP. Stop motion automata. Progress - slow going. This project is the one I am most excited about, but remains at the bottom of my to do list. Our time together is currently relegated to irregular stolen minutes when I’d much prefer to whisk it away for the weekend. Never mind, I’ve got the arm carved and moving which is saucy as hell. #madebirds #automata #automaton #kineticsculpture #kineticart #mechanicalbirds #mechanicaltoy #mechanicalart #artistoninstagram #handmade #etsyseller #etsyshop #movingart #mechanism #myart #miniatures #artist #artwork #contemporaryart #stopmotion #puppet #puppetmaking #modelmaking

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15
2 months ago
Nice to finally get these swans moving, the parts have been made for a while but I’ve had to delay putting them together as I worked on other commissions. They’re not yet available on Etsy as they need finishing and I am going to be taking new videos of all the revamped boxes but there should be a bevy on it’s way shortly.

 #madebirds  #automata  #automaton  #kineticsculpture  #kineticart  #mechanicalbirds  #mechanicaltoy  #mechanicalart  #birds  #swan  #birdlovers  #birdpainting  #birdsofinstagram  #artistoninstagram  #handmade  #etsyseller  #etsyshop  #movingart  #mechanism  #wildlifeartist  #natureart  #myart  #miniatures  #artist  #artwork  #contemporaryart

Nice to finally get these swans moving, the parts have been made for a while but I’ve had to delay putting them together as I worked on other commissions. They’re not yet available on Etsy as they need finishing and I am going to be taking new videos of all the revamped boxes but there should be a bevy on it’s way shortly. #madebirds #automata #automaton #kineticsculpture #kineticart #mechanicalbirds #mechanicaltoy #mechanicalart #birds #swan #birdlovers #birdpainting #birdsofinstagram #artistoninstagram #handmade #etsyseller #etsyshop #movingart #mechanism #wildlifeartist #natureart #myart #miniatures #artist #artwork #contemporaryart

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2 months ago
Birders. I have a question for any of you who might be there? I am starting a commission Birdbox and this one has a bit of a sadder story which I don’t need to go into, but suffice to say I want to get the details right. They’ve requested a baby owl flying by the sea. Usually I just search online but I can’t find a good image of a baby owl flying, does anyone have one? Maybe they just look like normal owls, but thought I’d ask. Also are any owls in the UK likely to be found by the coast? Thanks 

 #madebirds  #automata  #automaton  #kineticsculpture  #kineticart  #mechanicalbirds  #mechanicaltoy  #mechanicalart  #birds  #owl  #birdlovers  #birdpainting  #birdsofinstagram  #artistoninstagram  #handmade  #etsyseller  #etsyshop  #movingart  #mechanism  #wildlifeartist  #natureart  #myart  #miniatures  #artist  #artwork  #contemporaryart

Birders. I have a question for any of you who might be there? I am starting a commission Birdbox and this one has a bit of a sadder story which I don’t need to go into, but suffice to say I want to get the details right. They’ve requested a baby owl flying by the sea. Usually I just search online but I can’t find a good image of a baby owl flying, does anyone have one? Maybe they just look like normal owls, but thought I’d ask. Also are any owls in the UK likely to be found by the coast? Thanks #madebirds #automata #automaton #kineticsculpture #kineticart #mechanicalbirds #mechanicaltoy #mechanicalart #birds #owl #birdlovers #birdpainting #birdsofinstagram #artistoninstagram #handmade #etsyseller #etsyshop #movingart #mechanism #wildlifeartist #natureart #myart #miniatures #artist #artwork #contemporaryart

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2 months ago