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Spacerail [Jan. 26th, 2017|05:25 pm]
Transitioning into liminal space
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I'm going to try for a more even ratio of heavy stuff to light stuff. There's a bunch of good stuff to write about that, while I was depressed, I was convinced I'd be wasting people's time with.

When I was a kid, I had a marble roller coaster set (well, ball-bearings actually) called Spacewarp. I never actually built it; I remember being scared that I'd cut the plastic rails to the wrong lengths and ruin it. I've been fascinated by rolling ball sculptures and similar all my life, and I kept a lot of parts for it, as well as adding some from garage sales. In the last few years though, a company has started producing a near-exact recreation of those old Spacewarp sets under the name Spacerail. This is one of those that I put together over the last few days.

Spacerail Level 5

It's almost done. There are a couple points that still need adjustment, but three out of the five routes work and I still find myself captivated and soothed by watching the little bearings roll around. A couple more pictures follow, including one of the four-in-a-row loop with a second path that goes through said loops (that took a huge amount of tweaking to make work), and one looking down from above, in which sharp-eyed folks might see the tips of a few of my toes peeking into the frame, as well as our lovely household butter dish from the first picture. (For more fun, look in the first picture for the tips of the wings of our Halloween bat who is still hanging above the dining table, now with a baby Jesus, probably from a king cake, that our roommate found on the sidewalk as a rider.) It feels really good to have come back to this after so long and proved that I can do it. I rather want to order the level 9 kit now, but it's quite pricy, and and much bigger, and I'm already not sure where to put this one! (Danae thinks we might put up a shelf over my computer area and put it there.)

And with that, I'm off to get ready for the dog shelter.

<a data-flickr-embed=" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/stormdog42/32390547162/in/dateposted-public/" title="Spacerail Level 5">Spacerail Level 5</a>

Spacerail Level 5

[User Picture]From: anais_pf
2017-01-26 11:49 pm (UTC)
Well, that looks like fun!
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[User Picture]From: stormdog
2017-01-27 06:43 pm (UTC)
It definitely is! I may see if I can build a second one of my own design using all the parts I still have in Kenosha and some 3-D printed replacement parts for all the bits that are too brittle with age and break when you snap them in place. I want to make a big downward spiral that tightens as it goes, kind of like those coin vortex things you see in museums and the like.
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