Toys are us
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I"ve just made a nice little mini project for the magazine... The idea for the projects is to make some executive toys, and this one is all about using a sprung bit of timber to flick a light ball into a pot at the other end of the toy.
I got the idea from a similar small plastic toy in a Christmas cracker. And, after a bit of trial and error while knocking the thing together, it actually works! With a bit of practice you can flick the end of the sprung lath which has a small holder for a ball, which then follows a lovely arch in the air and, with a bit of luck, lands in the cup at the other end of the toy.
And that"s what I love about this job, thinking up a design for something, building a prototype and then finding that your idea works.
It has to be said... spring is in the air!