Here are some ideas for making your very own mobile. I’m currently working on a wooden one but following the principles of the abstract mobile in terms of construction. I want it to look similar to the fish one here.
Alexander Calder said, “To most people who look at a mobile, it’s no more than a series of flat objects that move. To a few, though, it may be poetry.” That’s what I’m aiming for, but it’s not as easy as anticipated. Here’s to a crafty challenge. Keep in mind that the challenge varies depending on the materials you use. If you use felt or fabric, you’ll have less difficulty achieving balance. xo, m
From Popular Science, 1954.
Instructions from here.
Wire coat hanger or other wire
Pliers with wire cutters
Wool rovings in a range of colours as well as undyed
Bowls with hot soapy and cold water
Needles and cotton, including one very long or ‘doll making’ needle
Beads or other embellishments
Fishing line or strong thread
Hot glue gun
Bird & Twig Mobile
Basic instructions & bird template available here.
Notice how I started out ambitious at the top of this post? These require very few materials but are painstaking to construct because of the delicate nature of the materials. Fabulous for party decorations, I’d say.
Lastly, general tips I’ve been trying to follow:
THE SECRET: START FROM THE BOTTOM AND WORK TO THE TOP. There are many ways to design a work of hanging sculpture, and as many materials, but the assembly is always the same: start from the bottom.
1. SELECT & ARRANGE THE PIECES: Find, create the shapes you wish. Lay them on a large piece of paper. Draw lines connecting the bottom or end pieces.
2. BEGIN WIRING THE PIECES: Starting with the small end pieces first, then connecting the middle size systems together.
3. BALANCE THE TOP: The top bar is last. Connect the middle systems to the top bar, balance, and hang up your new creation.