This is Guy Who Wants It All To Stop (or something like that). I like kinetic things, and wire, and am a fan of Arthur Ganson's work – this is where that took me.

I used soft aluminum wire and round nose pliers, starting with the crank and fixing the wires on it, with a makeshift support structure. The wire can be wound to stay absolutely fixed (since its soft, it can be smushed a bit), or loose enough to smoothly rotate, and all sorts of in-between stages. I ran into issues in the beginning where the crank would get stuck, and realized my wire rods were wound too tightly to the crank - though first I thought it was because the holes on the foam board weren't roomy enough.

iteration 1. the wire would get stuck on the bends and kinks too easily, some kind of stoppers were needed.

I tried various permutations of connecting the wires to create different kinds of motion interactions, observing patterns and issues. Connections had to be long enough, and the motion was more interesting if there were some joints present, or the rod movement translated to movement somewhere else. The holes I created turned out to be too big (once I had the resistance sorted out with the wire) - so I taped little bits of foam board to limit the area of movement. Instead of working with a plan, I was trying to find see something in the motion and build on that.

This is the first iteration, of an old man with trekking sticks. There was a roundish piece of foam lying around which seemed to make a good head. 

I laser cut a foam enclosure based on measurements of this first version. Its extremely hard to replicate this exactly as a small kink in the wire could lead to a different motion, so I was just going for something similar-ish. The enclosure fit together instead of using glue, since I was pretty sure I would need to fix and unfix the wire multiple times.

laser cut foam board enclosure

I needed a way to have each wire stay within a limited area, and not start to travel along the length of the crank – at first I used solder, since its easy to bend and use like string.. and later realized I could just use the aluminum and squeeze it down with the pliers to get it to fix in place. I used solder for the hands and hair. Next time I'd like to try working the other way round – make some form that affords some small movements and try to make mechanisms for that movement.

creating stoppers with more wire
finished guy