A new year at Hogwarts begins and to celebrate we present a new article on our website.
On this occasion it’s our winged key, inspired by the passage in which Harry Potter and his friends find themselves with a room full of winged keys that obstructs their passage in the search of the Philosopher’s Stone.
“These birds… they can’t be here just for decoration,” said Hermione.
They watched the birds soaring overhead, glittering — glittering?
“They’re not birds!” Harry said suddenly. “They’re keys! Winged keys —
look carefully. So that must mean…” he looked around the chamber while
the other two squinted up at the flock of keys. “… yes — look!
Broomsticks! We’ve got to catch the key to the door!”
“But there are hundreds of them!”
Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone
Well, we have made for you one of these keys halfway between enchanted object and magical creature.
It is a brass key with “natural” wings, thanks to the seeds with the fact that we have a very natural look.
As you can see, it is available in the birdcage version and the version of semi-freedom, with a support shaped clamp.
On June 25, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the prototype of its new invention, the telephone and it is this apparatus that I’m talking about today.
We are not going into a controversy of who actually invented the telephone and the reasons why Antonio Meucci (who had begun the process of its patent years earlier) and Elisha Gray failed to patent it before. The fact is that the patent was issued to Bell on March 7, 1876.
Bell had great knowledge of acoustics and voice modulation as his mother and wife were deaf, and his father, grandfather and uncle were all elocutionists.
For many years he focused his efforts in trying to transmit sound through electric means.
In 1874 while trying to develop a harmonic telegraph, his assistant Thomas A. Watson discovered that could transmit more than one note using iron membranes driven by electromagnets. Bell immediately saw the possibilities it offered them and began to develop a new device to transmit voice.
In 1875 they built the first model (shown in the photo at left) that did not really work.
After some experiments and modifications, including a membrane of little harder iron, or a liquid transmitter, Bell decided to patent it (even without many details of the invention) seeing that it was viable (with quite discreet results).
On March 7, 1876 he was awarded with the patent and starts experimenting again. Only three days later, on March 10, managed to transmit the first words to his assistant who were in another room.
This page in his laboratory notebook records the event:
“When used as a transmitter, sound waves at the mouthpiece cause the diaphragm to move, inducing a fluctuating current in the electromagnets. This current is conducted over wires to a similar instrument, acting as a receiver. There, the fluctuating current in the electromagnets causes the diaphragm to move, producing air vibrations that can be heard by the ear. This was a marginal arrangement, but it worked well enough to be employed in the first commercial services in 1877. The magneto receiver continued to be used, but the transmitters were soon replaced by a carbon variable-resistance device designed by Francis Blake and based on a principle patented by Thomas Edison.”
And this is where we present our work.
With the invaluable assistance of my father (Jose Manuel Corral Rodriguez), who has developed and built with us this model (and here we thank him), we have built a working replica of the first commercial model.
Although some elements have been modified to replace by modern pieces (like magnets), the external appearance is the same as the original.
Here’s a soundcheck:
As explained in the description of the Smithsonian, soon using this model as a transmitter and receiver, they decided to adopt the carbon microphone, thanks to which they could hear much better.
We have also constructed a (not replica) device to use one of these microphones without the need to have two copies of the phone.
Together with some 32 feet cable, to be able to move away enough so that you can hear the device itself, not the raw voice.
We love our work. Definitely. It’s fun, and it’s especially satisfying when someone makes us a commission like that one we show today.
One day a girl contacted us asking if we could make a custom micro stand (for a gift) and after a few conversations about what was within the capabilities of both parties, we came to the conclusion of making something like this:
Well… Let’s do it!!!
The first thing we did was buy anatomical models of spine and skull for a good base.
The main points to be considered were:
1- Elaboration of the wings:
A 5mm pvc d¡cut and folded as a metal sheet, (to suit later to the skull)
2- Attaching to the microphone stand:
At first we thought that the foot bar should go through inside the skull, and we made a hole with a through tube. Then we saw that in this way, it was no space to place the spine in place, so we opted for screwed clamps.
In addition, the column was loose vertebras, connected by a flexible cable, to bend, which did not interest us, so we dismantled and glued each one to give them more rigidity, (but retains some flexibility)
3- Give an evil face to the good old Willy (So called in honor of the one-eyed Willy)
We find that “Willy” looked like a good boy… so once placed the red LEDs and a switch (which decided to put on the advice of a friend), could close the skull and get with modeling. A little less nose, a little more cheeks and eyebrows … Modeling with epoxy putty dry air, as the polymer that we usually use dries in the oven, and poor Willy was not going to hold on.
After sanding sessions, painting time.
We used automotive paint and special coating for resistant (within reasonable) to wear and scratches.
Although we were hesitant (both client and us) finally we decided suitable a touch of black. Being over the paint can be removed easily so once in their possession they can modify it to their liking.
In the end “he” was like family … fortunately we know that he has gone to a good family. We hope he’ll see the world and have many successes.
The gift was for Manolo the lead singer of ADVERMIX from Murcia. Their facebook and the web of the group:
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