Junktech Spin Art System

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Junktech Spin Art System

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This simple, clever contraption from the folks at Austin Creative Reuse was spotted at last Saturday’s Austin Mini Maker Faire, where it was keeping a lot of kids engaged, for a long time, at very low cost. A platter, driven by a hand crank and chain cobbled together from bike parts, spins a junk CD while paint is dribbled on from squeeze bottles above. An old washtub keeps splatter corralled, and the whole setup is mounted on a retired hand truck, which is stable for use laid over on its back, but easy to tip up and roll away. More info about ACR—who they are, what they do, how you can get involved—at the link below.

Austin Creative Reuse

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I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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