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Passive flapping butterfly garden ornament?

  1. May 24, 2014 #1

    Stephen Tashi

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    What's a feasible design for a garden ornament that would give the illusion of a butterfly hovering around a flower when there was a breeze?

    There are solar powered versions of such ornaments such as I don't recommend them as cat toys, but this video gives a closer look at the mechanics of the ornament:

    If there was an obvious design, I'd expect that kite makers would have tried it as a novelty. However, the only flapping kites I've found on the web are in the shape of bats and they don't flap much.
     
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  3. May 24, 2014 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    Use a windmill to drive the mechanism.
     
  4. May 24, 2014 #3

    UltrafastPED

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    Or design it like a wind chime.
     
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