I was catching up on my podcasts and happened upon Geo’s Christmas List (25:20). One of George’s requested items was:
“One clockwork orange. Not the book but an actual wind-up piece of fruit.”
Wind-up fruit. Yeah, I can work with that.
First thing, I needed to find some sort of wind-up mechanism. I found something appropriate online. It turned out to be a cylinder about 1.75″(h) x 2.75″(d) (45mm x 70mm). So the inside of the orange had to be at least 3.25″ (85mm) in diameter.
I was really hoping to find a 4″ (100mm) clear plastic sphere to use but apparently they’re only stocked around Christmas time. Next best thing? A hollow plastic ball. I also picked up a styrofoam ball and some felt to fill the inside.
Luckily, Party City was already stocking St Patrick’s day supplies and had some mini bowlers that looked to be close to what I needed. I had to reshape it and pad it out to give it a bit of substance.
Stick it all together and add the eye. Yeah, it’s a bit lumpy and not entirely spherical but you get the idea. Might be nice to have it re-done as a ceramic piece or maybe a printable 3D model.
And here’s a clip of the orange in action.
I just wish I could’ve gotten it ready in time for Christmas.