I sure hope my tools really are somewhere in Mt Flood. This business of modelling by candlelight without a square, or even a straight edge is wearing thin after only one evening.
At least I managed to find some syringes and a bottle of MEK that Kyle Gardiner kindly passed my way a few years ago. I’ve been a big fan of MekPak ever since I lived in England, and I thought the raw chemical would be just as good. It turns out, it is quite a bit thinner and therefore harder to control with a syringe. I also seem to be more sensitive to it, and found I was starting to float around the chandelier after only a few minutes.
Even with the makeshift arrangements, however, I threw together the parts from the Cricut in less than an hour. It makes a bijoux frame, with the appropriate recesses through the frame members to accept the springy compensating beams.
The spring design (below) is the particular technical risk that I want to explore with this proof of concept. Sadly, I was unable to find any fine phosphor bronze sheet for the experiment, and so, I will have to use brass to play the part of springs. How I form the shapes in that, given my reduced tool chest, remains as a problem for another day!