I am a big fan of Rob Ives‘ books and paper/card mechanisms, and so the other day I signed up as a member of RobIves.com and downloaded one of his brilliant designs to make. This one (below) is the “Pegasus” automaton. I didn’t have one of the components available, so I experimented and used beads instead:

Rob Ives pegasus automaton flying horse paper mechanism
My attempt at the Pegasus


Many years ago I bought one of his that had lots of other paper and card automata in it, and I also made one of his flying pig designs as well. This polymer clay flying pig was my homage to his paper version:

polymer clay flying pig automaton
polymer clay flying pig automaton