Elastic Gun Using a Pencil, Elastic, Clothes Pin and Tape/another Elastic

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Introduction: Elastic Gun Using a Pencil, Elastic, Clothes Pin and Tape/another Elastic

A very simple contraption used for launching elastics. Other than your hand, they don't get any simpler than this. This one uses a pencil for the rod. NOTE: This elastic gun will probably not allow you to double up the elastic (for extra power) due to the small size of the end of the pencil.

Difficulty: Very easy
Time: 1 minute

MATERIALS


Pencil - (or other long relatively skinny thing like a pen)
Clothes Pin - (or peg or whatever other names people call them)
Tape - (preferably skinny, so if you have duct tape you'll wanna rip it in half or thirds. I used electrician's tape)
Elastic - (for ammo)

TOOLS


Scissors

Step 1: Taping the Clothes Pin to the Pencil

Place the clothes pin on the very end of the pencil, with the part that you press on at the end of the pencil (see picture). It doesn't matter which end you use, but you might want to take a look at it and see if there are any advantages of using one instead of the other. Tape it down. Also you might want to carve a notch into the end of the pencil to help keep the elastic from coming off before you shoot.

Step 2: Taping the Front of the Clothes Pin to the Pencil

Tape the clothes pin to the pencil about a quarter of a centimeter past the spring groove on the top of the clothes pin. If you tape it too far forwards it could make it hard to open. This step is mainly for that purpose, but not too hard. Do it just like I have it and it will prevent the clothes pin from opening too easily. If it opened while you were setting the elastic on the end of the pencil, it could fire backwards and hit your hand - ouch.

Step 3: How to Use It

Yay! You've finished your elastic gun! Hooray! Now what? Place one end of the elastic inside the clothes pin and the other at the end of the pencil. Press down on the end of the clothes pin to fire! REMEMBER do not aim at anybody's face! It doesn't seem very dangerous but it is.

Have fun with your elastic gun! Check out my other higher level elastic guns. I'll post the address here when I do them.

Step 4: QUICK MODS

Here are some easy (mostly) modifications that you can do to this elastic gun.
Thanks to everyone who comments on this Instructable.

TheCheese9921 ===
Carve a notch into the front of the gun where the elastic sits.

PetervG ===
Lower the clothes pin for better accuracy by taking off the bottom half of the clothes pin and attaching the bottom of the spring onto the bottom of the pencil (see picture). Make sure you tape it down or it will come off quite easy.

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    You could take this concept and upscale it to be the size of a rifle. and u could tape the rubberband to the tip of the pencil and at the end that goes in the clothes pin. then instead of firing the rubberband you could shoot erasers, pellets, of BBS

    use a latex elastic (rubberbands for braces) they are smaller, and will sting more.

    i made one it works great. just one thing though. hot glue, or tape, a gray knex peice or another pencil to the bottom of the tip of the first pencil. to fire just do the same thing but stretch it out farther. it shoots way faster and farther.

    waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to confusing... i think its easier just to look at it and make o.O

    OK ur pencil shooter or whatever it's called, is very confusing!!!

    You added on, "Lower the clothes pin for better accuracy by taking off the bottom half of the clothes pin and attaching the bottom of the spring onto the bottom of the pencil (see picture). Make sure you tape it down or it will come off quite easy." But I never said that, lol. Just saying.

    Well, I got the idea when I was reading your comment anyway so I was like "Z'OMG gotta post it before I forget!".

    you can do the same thing with your finger

    you don`t need a clothes pin, just take a pen with a clip on it to hold the elastic

    I don't get it.