As a writer, I have to be careful. I’m the type of writer who types out his stories as if I’m a omnipresent journalist observing actions in realtime. If I think out the characters’ actions ahead of time, or describe to someone else, then I won’t/don’t write them down.
Same for my projects. If I design too much detail into an idea, then I’m finished with the idea and ready to move on to something else.
Thus, I’m wary about sketching out too many steps ahead of time while working on my yard art sculpture.
Instead, I’m fleshing out the general direction, hoping I remember to photograph the evidence of my progress as I go along.
Yes, I know I could have bought some of these items online and at a lower cost but I shopped at RadioShack when I was a kid and still enjoy the physical shopping experience not to [forget to] mention the altruistic motion of giving extra money to the local economy, employing great kids like Aaron who works at the local store.
Anyway, it’s time to experiment with making robotic arms that move up and down, using the lightest-weight material I can find.
Wish me luck!
Oh, before I go, I’ll mention that I started a Google Docs spreadsheet to help me keep in one place the list of supplies and an ongoing to-do list of steps I need to take or have taken.