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How to Make a Marble Maze

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Over the years I've made a few projects involving clocks.  Most of the time I just use a clock that I bought on sale or from the dollar store rather than buying the clock movements on its own. So I end up having a few extra clock cases lying around waiting for me to find something useful to do with them.  I came up with the idea to make a marble maze game a few months back but I was busy with other projects.  I noticed that there was a Toy contest underway so I figured that this is a good time to do it.

My marble maze is constructed mostly from craft foam so it is inexpensive and fairly easy to make so it is a great craft for kids.  You can adjust the difficulty of the maze by putting the holes in less scary positions along the maze (or don't put any in at all) if your making this with/for younger. children.
 
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Step 1: What you will need

Picture of What you will need
  • Clock case/housing
  • Craft foam
  • Polymer clay
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • Craft punch(es)
  • Drill

Step 2: Floor

The clock cases that I have generally consist of an outer frame, glass and  an inner frame (clock face) that holds the clock dial and the movement in the back.  It is usually held together with screws and easy to disassemble.  The maze itself with be make on the inner frame then covered with the glass and outer frame.

I tried peeling off the paper with the clock numbers but it didn't come off easily.  I just left it since I was going to use green craft foam for the floor of the maze anyway. To make the maze floor, I placed the clock face onto the foam and traced around with a pencil and then cut out the circle.  It needed to fit inside the edge of the clock face so I had to trim it a little.  Test that it fits well, you don't want any bumps or buckling which could interfere with the movement of the ball.
MicioGatta2 years ago
Beaufitul! I love polymer clay.
ChrysN (author)  MicioGatta2 years ago
Thanks!
Looks tricky and awesome :) great job
using craft foam is a great idea! colorful, easy to work with... nice idea!
-stu
i have an idea to share , you could just pin the center of a wall so that it becomes a rotating wall instead of rigid ones :)
ChrysN (author)  mohtaprashantrocks2 years ago
Cool idea!
also secret pathways in disguise of holes would spice up the maze
ChrysN (author)  mohtaprashantrocks2 years ago
You have lots of great ideas, have you made your own maze before?
actually yes but i tried cardboard and as you can guess it was a disaster
so no successful maze built yet hehe
the poodleo2 years ago
now that iève seen this, and you were talking about clocks... what about a clock, where every time it does a 360 (in one hour, or minute) then the clock face spins, and the ball goes navigates the maze and resets from gravity. now THAT would be cool.
ChrysN (author)  the poodleo2 years ago
That would be really cool!
canucksgirl2 years ago
I like that you used craft foam to build the maze versus the usual wood path. Too bad you hadn't thought of this before the "foam challenge".

Looks like fun!
ChrysN (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
It is not as elegant as a wood maze but it is a lot easier to make. Yes, it's a drag that I didn't get it done in time for the foam challenge.
WhiteTech2 years ago
Very nice indeed. I would have never thought of that!
mikeasaurus2 years ago
Nice reuse, I like it!
I love the colors. Also love that you used craft foam. :)
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