BuiltWithNOF
Silver Swan

The Silver Swan at Bowes Museum near Barnard Castle, County Durham is an amazing creation. It was made in 1773.

silver swan pic

It is a ‘musical automaton’ made from silver and its motion is controlled by three clocks which are wound up by hand.

Here is a moving model of the Silver Swan made from card and simple hobby materials.

3-5-10 055a

Head raised

3-5-10 056a

Head lowered

The model raises and lowers its head as a handle is turned.

3-5-10 057a
3-5-10 058a 3-5-10 061a

The real Silver Swan bends down to the water and catches a fish.

That is what I wanted my swan to do so I used some tiny magnets attached to the beak and to the fish. It works quite well.

3-5-10 063a 3-5-10 064a

How does it work?

There is a handle called a ‘crank’ which is turned by hand.
This turns an axle.
The axle turns a wheel by a pulley system using an elastic band.
The wheel is attached to a card lever which pushes then pulls on the neck of the swan making it move forward and back
.

Click this picture to see a short video

3-5-10 063a02

Here is a fantastic Silver Swan made by Simone in year 4/5 at Dunn Street Primary School in Jarrow.

2015507153326a

Isn’t it amazing!
The 3d body design is really good!

Very well done Simone.

The next step is to add a clockwork mechanism just like in the real thing so that you have to wind it up in order to make it work automatically.

The Silver Swan at Bowes museum is amazing and well worth a visit.

[Technology Tom] [2015 Eclipse] [Boxed Kits for sale] [Resources for sale] [INSET] [Science shows] [Science] [D and T Projects] [Stadium Project] [2012 Stadium] [Management] [Stadium Kit] [Stadium Competition] [Stadium Files] [Spinner Game] [Playground Structures] [Vehicles] [Solar Powered  Car] [Balloon Powered Vehicle] [Land Yachts] [Torches] [Light] [Pneumatic Monsters] [Buzzer Games] [Cams and Cranks] [Fairground Rides] [Rockets] [Motor Projects] [Helicopters and Fliers] [Silver Swan] [Leaning Tower] [Magnetic Games] [Dodgem Cars] [Winding things up] [Wind Power] [Water Power] [Hydraulic Crane] [Roll Tube Structures] [Bridges] [Types of bridge] [Bridge Types] [Suspension Bridges] [WW2 Structures] [drgs] [Ancient Britons] [Pirates] [Cutty Sark] [World War 1] [Aztecs] [Bridges intro] [Woodstrip Bridges] [Forces in bridges] [Moon Buggies] [Ballista catapult] [New Projects] [Try this] [Basic vehicle assembly] [MPD Diploma] [Workshops] [Libby] [Christmas Lecture] [queries page] [Raspberry Pi] [HMS Belfast] [Tree Houses] [Andrew]