Introduction: Holding Tool, Soldering Holder, Third Hands, Helping Hands

Easily make a third hand holding tool using 2 alligator clips, some ball and stick toy magnets, and 2 flat headed nails.

Attach each alligator clip to a flat headed nail by crimping, soldering, or both (soldering works best). Once soldered,  magnetically attach one of the stick magnets to the flat headed nail. Now build a little pyramid base using the ball and stick magnets. Finally, attach the alligator clip stick magnet to the ball at the top of the pyramid. Voila, holding tool.

These little magnets are super strong, so the holding tool works well. If you need a heavier base, just add balls and sticks to the base of the pyramid.

Comments

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Yonatan24 (author)2015-09-12

Nice, How much weight can it hold?

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studleylee (author)2011-03-11

What was the "ball and stick toy " source? thx -Lee

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sciencethink (author)studleylee2011-03-11

I used ball and stick magnets from a GeoMag set.

http://www.fatbraintoys.com/toys/brands/geomag/index.cfm?source=google&kwid=geomag&gclid=CPSwqqbMx6cCFQI8gwodyxC8Dw

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rimar2000 (author)2011-01-22

Interesting.

The second image is a bit confusing, can you enlarge it, and change the perspective?

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sciencethink (author)rimar20002011-01-23

Thanks for the feedback.

Ok, I've added a few other photos. Hope this helps :-)