Maybe hack a Gemmy Animated Skull? The eyes move back and forth!
DaveInTheGrave - The portrait is being painted on a quarter inch piece of plywood. I would think it would need 4-5 inches clearance for the eyeball housing. I don't plan on hanging the picture flush against the wall once finished - sort of planned on leaning it up on the mantel, maybe securing it with picture wire and having it lean out from the top with the bottom resting on the ledge (small mantel depth - less than 6 inches), and then I was going to drape the painting with black bunting (like they used to do for funerals) to hide the backside if it was really hanging out from the wall.Yea, Spookineer built the eye mechanism for Laurie's portrait. He's a mechanical whiz!
Hey FG--One of the projects I have in the back burner of my brain was to try to make a simpler (poor man's) moving eye mechanism. I've got some ideas, but I haven't tried to start building it, though.
Were you wanting the eyes just to move left and right? Or left, right, up and down?
Also how much room would there be behind the painting?
I could find the motors, but knowing what to do with them is the problem. I may see if I can locate a motor (just joined FreeCycle) and just start bugging everyone to walk me through this.If you look on Craigslist for free microwaves and find any that have rotating tables, you are halfway there to having moving eyes. If you want to buy the microwave table motors I assume there is some place that sells them, but I always look for the free (other then gas money to go pick them up) way to make things. If you just want the eyes to move back and fourth then you just need one little microwave table motor. If you want the random effect like Spookineer then you would need two.
Here is the link to Spookineer's moving eye page.
That does work. It's a really nifty and no-tech solution, but I hope that there is enough time to try to rig up real eyeballs and have them moving - this is my back-up plan, tho.If you take a ping pong ball and cut it in half, paint your eye in the inside of the ping pong ball and attach that to the back of the painting where the eyes are, the eyes will appear to follow you! So I here anyway.