We had to put a second coat of paper maché on. But how were we to know what was "done" and what was left to do?
The solution came with our flyers. Since we'd used newspaper comics, puzzles, and the occassional sheet of past homework, our sphere was rather neutral looking. So the second coat is flyers, which is far more colourful. Finding out where we had missed was one of the parts he liked the best. :)
Because it took so long to dry yesterday, I gave permission to use the hair dryer right away. Big mistake! He was running off to get it without so much as washing hands. *sigh* Remembering the excitement and elation. Trying hard not to trod on it.
Wash up self first, help clean the workspace, then blow dry - AFTER LUNCH!
So now he's clomping around in the kitchen, rolling eyes at me.
[Why is it that if I ask him to do something for his benefit this is the response?]
[More to the point. Do I do this too? Hmmm]
Once he's done eating, then he will be busy with the blow-dryer. I don't know how long it will take this time - but we'll mark it down for others in northern climates who want to make this project too.
Flyers got delivered, so now we have enough newsprint to do the next layer. Unfortunately, son thinks it's important to read them before cutting them into strips.
I should be grateful we aren't in the hurry he was in yesterday. It's 11am, and there are still sticky areas on the first layer. So I have a fan blowing on it, and boy is busy reading/cutting the newsprint into strips. Hopefully the two will be ready near the same time.
In the video, the builder said it took only one day for his first layer to dry. However, I pointed out to boy that we are on the opposite side of the world with very different weather conditions. Yay for science discussions.
As with all boy's projects, the sun was BARELY up before his adrenaline was pumping, and his eyes were flashing with impatience to get going.
But there were things like chores, breakfast, and homework - yes HOMEWORK! These things had to be completed before we could start on the physical building.
This 20 inch balloon is the best we could do instead of finding a beach ball. . . it is tough to do during the winter/spring transition. I pointed out that by the time the electrical parts arrive, a beach ball would be an easier thing to find.
Yeah. That conversation was met with an unimpressed glare. Remember the adrendaline pumping, and flashing eyes at the crack of dawn? Yeah by the time the morning tasks were done - those were both absent. *sigh*
Not wanting this to be a parenting fail - I pushed ahead, and we ended up having a LOT of fun together. :) He placed the pieces, and I had the goo all over my hands, and made sure everything got pasted on both sides. Which meant that I'm covered in glue, and he's relatively clean. If I was a more suspicious person, I'd attribute ulterior motives - but it's just the way the work flowed. SOMEONE had to have hands that could open things, and answer phones. . . and it ended up being him.
We got one layer done, and the enormous thing is now drying. . . it will likely do so all day, so I guess it's TV trays for dinner tonight.
The upside of this is that the sticky, rather pungent surface is attractive to fruit flies. There's at least half a dozen that met their demise just within the writing of this post. Yay, for vaguely smelly projects!
Then eagle-eyed boy finds a flaw we must fix next layer. More tomorrow.
Our wonderful engineer friend, as mentioned in previous post, was gractious enough to come over and help us navigate the somewhat choppy waters of the equipment list. There were a LOT of things to get that a "quick trip to the mall" were not going to solve.
So as we pored over online tech sites, boy and his Dad went shopping.
[A note for another time: I am so grateful at this particular moment to have a fellow who loves to shop - instead of me. Definitely have to write about that one later.]
They brought home a lot of supplies, and that's where we had to end the day, since it took until his bedtime to do so.
My son raced into the living room late one night. Yelling about a robot.
Why do all the interesting questions happen right before bed? I don't know - but will have to write about that later.
Right. A Robot. It's the same litany of wish fulfillment and disappointment cycle we've gone through since having to explain that "The Iron Giant" robot would be too big to fit in our back yard, and that I as an ordinary person, knew nothing about the programming necessary to make said robot.
Except this time, there's a Youtube tutorial showing how to do it. And my son is big enough to do some basic science-y things. *sigh* Then he mentioned it to a family friend who's an engineer. Oh great! "Let's do it over spring break," he said.
Here's the instructions we're following in case your family wants to make one too.
I have little to no excuses left, so I guess we are building a robot. Should be interesting.