Thursday, 26 March 2015

Ball Saver

"For a limited time, every ball that goes down the drain will be returned to the plunger. Usually only available when starting with a new ball (to compensate for "unfair" very fast drains), it will also be available during the start of multiballs on later machines."  Source

After a new approach to my current project, I am currently exploring and producing work with a more 'sketch' based approach, with more emphasis on having fun making rather than worrying about a pre-defined outcome.

Ball Saver is a framed piece of pinball inspired artwork meant to be hung on a wall.

The outcome as it is right now has it's problems, like the balls getting jammed so you need to shake the frame. I had my suspicions this would happen, but maybe this is like nudging or shaking when you play pinball.

I love coming up with ideas like this. They tend to come from sketch book work, tiny aha moments that I quickly doodle. Usually something I find humorous or pleasing. Is that quite self indulgent? I don't know yet. Does it matter now? No.

In this case I also decided to visualise the idea digitally, I think this helps develop the idea in order to execute it. I'm trying to be aware not to over work the ideas, as this takes away from the fun and sketchy nature I'm trying to achieve. Know when to walk away!
Initial visualisation
Part of what I enjoy is sourcing the materials, getting everything ready and working out how to build it. Although it does take some time for all the pieces to come together, the time actually helps me figure things out. Problem solving basically.

Sketch book: Cardboard planning the size and shape. And right planning the spring launcher parts.
Defining a size of A4 made it easy to make decisions on a few things, like the size of the ball bearings required. I could then source these online and move on with working out the shape and layout of the wooden spacer parts in the frame and the spring launcher. I didn't know if this would actually work until I put it all together, springs are quite hard to find, between Screwfix and eBay I found what I needed.

I have a few more sketches in the works and hope to share more soon. Perhaps together the sketches will form a body of work for an exhibition?

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