DIY vibrator for Kinetic sculpture and/or casting plaster

In this Instructable I will show you how to make a vibrating motor for kinetic sculptures and/or a vibrator to release air bubbles when casting plaster/gypsum/concrete etc.

Step 1: Get a fan

DIY vibrator for Kinetic sculpture and/or casting plaster

Start with any old fan. Larger fan motors move larger objects...this little desk fan would be great to vibrate the bubbles out of plaster. A large box fan is better to violently animate objects in your studio. (suitcase, chairs, tables, etc)

Step 2: Remove the blade

DIY vibrator for Kinetic sculpture and/or casting plaster
DIY vibrator for Kinetic sculpture and/or casting plaster

unscrew the lid of the fan. remove the fan blade by pulling it off. It might have a screw that you'll have to remove.

Step 3: Add a C-clamp

DIY vibrator for Kinetic sculpture and/or casting plaster

Add a C-clamp to the rod that used to spin the fan. The larger the c-clamp the larger the vibration.

DIY vibrator for Kinetic sculpture and/or casting plaster
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Step 4: Attach the fan to the object you would like to animate

DIY vibrator for Kinetic sculpture and/or casting plaster
DIY vibrator for Kinetic sculpture and/or casting plaster

figure out a way to attach the motor to the object you would like to animate. Plug it in.

There you have it! Go make a vibrating thing!

PS. a boxy suitcase makes a great vibrating box for small plaster casting projects....

DIY vibrator for Kinetic sculpture and/or casting plaster
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