MAKE Article – How to Make a Mobile Based on Calder’s Mobiles
I wrote an article for the new issue (Vol 40) of MAKE magazine titled Make a Modern Mobile – Swivels and a weight give flexibility and stability to this contemporary design. It explains how to make Mobile 78, a mobile based on Alexander Calder’s mid-century modern mobiles with a contemporary design element to it. It includes a list of all the tools and materials needed and goes through all the steps to make the parts and assemble them.
Additional resources for making mobiles:
- Blog post I wrote explaining some of the basics about the balance of a hanging mobile
- Blog post I wrote about What Wire to Use to Make a Hanging Mobile and Where to Buy It
- Blog post with mobile-making related questions that I’ve received via email and my answers
- An article I wrote for Houzz: From the Artist: How to Make a Real Mobile – It’s All in the Balancing Points (there’s a number of questions and answers in the comment section of the article as well). The article is now also available in German
- A history of early mobiles that I’ve put together
- Some technical (“behind-the-scenes”) aspects of designing, making and installing a large custom mobile
- A definition of mobiles
- Q&A about Mobiles for a middle school student’s math class project
- See some of my mobiles if you’re looking for design ideas: handmade mobiles, large custom-made mobiles, 3D printed mobiles and kinetic sculptures
If there’s anything else I can help with, don’t hesitate to contact me.