Making Robot Babies

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Part of my Design Festa exhibit is a "birth giving device" that delivers little baby robot charms. I took the easy way out and bought a "treasure capsule" machine to do the dispensing. I'm not sure what it's called in English; it's like a gumball machine, only with plastic prize capsules...

Anyway, I've been busy making the baby robot charms to go inside the capsules and took some photos while I worked.


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First, I drew nine robots on a sheet of shrink film. Repeat 25 times or so...


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Next, I cut the sheets into separate charms, trimmed the corners and hole punched each one

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Working in batches of three, I heated the plastic until it shrunk to size, then quickly removed each charm and flattened it between boards.

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Slowly and steadily, I amassed an army of robot babies.

Be sure to come try the birth-giving device and get your own baby robot charm on May 26-27 at Design Festa vol 25

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If there are any left, can I have one too? I can pay!

Did you think of shrinky dink Christmas ornaments in the VOL kitchen while you did these? I did when I saw them.

I'll bet they make a satisfying clinky-jingle when you stack them.

I think the machines are called "Gotcha gotcha" IN Japanese.

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