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i have always been fascinated with air power and movement so when i heard about hurricane balls i was very fascinated cyclone balls are basically 2 spheres welded together so i did a little research and found that they were extremely  over priced (in my humble opinion) at approximately $38.48 online i was shocked i knew i could do better much better and so the quest for the epoxy began
 
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Step 2: Putting it together

this is the easy part but for completeness sake i will break it down so here it is

1. obtain a small medicine cup or bottle cap
2. put equal amounts of epoxy and hardener into the bottle cap
3. stir the mixture well
4. take your sphere/ball and apply the epoxy to one point on the ball
5. clamp the second sphere to the first and pour the remaining epoxy on the point of contact
6. let dry for a good long while (overnight)

Step 3: Crank it up

once the epoxy has hardened grab a straw (any drinking straw will do) and using both hands spin the spheres like a coin then using the straw blow on the edge of the sphere if done correctly the spheres will increase speed as you blow

have fun!!
fidgety2


PS: don't forget to vote!!


edit:

in response to the numerous requests for a video demonstration i have finally been able to get one i apologize for the delay( my internet was on the fritz) any way here it is

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Tm_GVRExY0

Dreistein4 years ago
what is the point of this and by the way fritz is my dads name
arpruss4 years ago
I just made a pair by using a 46-grit aluminum oxide cylindrical abrasive point (less than $0.30 from Amazon, with free prime or $25-order shipping) in my drill press to make a 3/16" flat area on the balls, and then just using a drop of super glue (cyanoacrylate). Unfortunately, the balls slipped in the home-made drill-press vise, so they got a scratch from the point. I may end up buffing them. While the super glue set as quickly as it's supposed to, I'd like it to cure for two hours before I try it at full speed.
arpruss4 years ago
It might be a good idea to file a small flat on each ball, to increase contact area for the glue.

I'm trying with Shoe Goo. (The one epoxy I have is JB Weld, and in my experience that won't work well with a small contact area and smooth surfaces.)
fidgety2 (author) 4 years ago
my sincerest apologies concerning the delay in my response willabeast fortunately i have a solution for you. all you must do is spin the two marbles like a coin and THEN blow to one side take care not to blow dead center since this will accomplish nothing and produce no interesting results.
please give me a update


thank you
fidgety 2
willabeast4 years ago
mine didn't work. i firmly glued two clear marbles together and blew through a straw but it didn't work any help?
karossii4 years ago
I agree that they're overpriced; yet when you consider they're coming with 3 laser pointers, which each sell for $5 to $10 (to the public who doesn't know better), the $30 price tag seems more reasonable.
ac1D karossii4 years ago
it dont come with laser, it come with led, worth less than $0.25 each.
The ball are worth almost nothing too, you can get 100 for less than $4.00
This product should not cost more than a dollar, or two if the package is well.
karossii ac1D4 years ago
laser pointers, led flashlights - regardless of the actual value to us, the makers, to the general public they retail for $5 to $10. As we know we can get the supplies for a small fraction of this cost, we're disillusioned as to the actual 'value' . . . but that doesn't change the fact that the general populace sees nothing wrong paying $5 to $10 each for the leds, and so it makes the price a decent 'value' for them. We'll just make our own - that's what we do anyway, right?
ac1D karossii4 years ago

flashlight retail at a dollar each almost everywhere..

Look:
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.3433
5 flashlights, for $4.25
and..
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.13502
10 balls for $2.97
And, you can get more cheaper.
The guy who make these in bulk will pay about $0.25 for the flashlight and $0.05 for the balls, if not less.

Lol, I hope everyone would know about instructables and other diy site.
karossii ac1D4 years ago
You're "preaching to the choir" - I know where to go for deals like that, and I would never pay $5 to $10 for an led flashlight... but somewhere between 75% and 90% of the public aren't aware, don't care to take time to become aware, or just don't care about finding deals like that. So they pick up an led flashlight at a local computer store, walmart, grocery store, etc.; and they do pay $5 to $10 for it...

Just like they won't care to take time to make their own hurricane balls, and will order that set for $30 instead of spending $5 and 10 minutes to make their own.

fidgety2 (author) 4 years ago
my sincere apologies my internet was bugging out on me but now that it seems to be fixed i added a video via youtube link

also a few words...
1.@ dchall8 i do not recommend hot glue at all for high strength projects such as this the hot glue just doesn't cut it and could actually prove slightly dangerous if the balls separate while in use

2.@ andygadget congratulations!! i am very happy to hear that you have successfully made the hurricane balls. also you are quite smart to stay out of the line of fire until the glue has fully dried.

thank you,
fidgety
SWV17874 years ago
I would really like to see a video of your hurricane balls in action.
AndyGadget4 years ago
I'd never heard of Hurricane Balls so had to go and find out.   HERE'S a link for more info - Watch the video at the bottom.  As Fidgety says, painfully overpriced for a pair of ball bearings spot-welded together.

I've already got a couple of peeled mouse balls (don't ask)  and I'm now reaching for the Gorilla Glue . . .


Whooooo.....   She flies!
I used quick-set epoxy with a collar of Gorilla Glue and then buffed the balls up afterwards with a Dremel wire brush.  I'm getting a pretty good speed out of them on the ceramic cooker hob - I don't want to run them up to full speed on this and I want longer for the glue to cure fully.  I'll try again tomorrow on a mirror.

These things fly around prettty fast and as you're blowing from close range don't put your eyeballs in line-of-fire.  If those steely spheroids part company they're going to do it very quickly!  I'm using a bendy straw for blowing down.


dchall84 years ago
Wonder if hot glue would hold?
21GeeOff214 years ago
the video on that site is really cool
gonna go on a marble hunt
Kiteman4 years ago
I'd love to see a video of these in action - 1000rpm just from blowing?!?
Decepticon4 years ago
Not sure if these will work, but if you have older mice that use balls....remove the rubber coating and you have perfect metal bearings. Not sure if adhesive would be strong enough, but it's worth a shot and it's free if you have them just laying around.