Introduction: Juggling Clubs
Juggling is challenging and fun. This colorful set of juggling clubs was modeled after a set of professional Dube clubs and behaves pretty much the same as they do. They are made differently, however. Instead of using molded bodies, these are built up by stacking rings of different sizes cut from multi-colored rubber floor mat material onto a central piece of 1/2" diameter PVC pipe. The rings are glued in place with hot melt glue.
The handles are covered with layers of purple knitting yarn and clear silicone rubber. A final coat of silicone and glitter give them some sparkle.
Step 1: Rings of Rubber Floor Mat Material
The rubber floor mat material is tough, durable, and light-weight. It can be cut with scissors. For cutting round circular holes I sharpen the end of pieces of metal pipe. By twisting and pushing, they easily cut neat circles out of the floor mat material.
The foam material absorbs shock when the clubs fall.
After sliding the rings onto the 1/2" PVC central pipe, I glue them in place with hot melt glue.
Step 2: The Handles
As you can see, the handles are tapered. This is done by winding knitting yarn and silicone rubber around the central pipe. By adding more layers where the yarn handle approaches the foam body the diameter is increased. Squirt silicone onto the handle, spread it around a bit with a painter's palette knife and then wind the yarn. The last coat is a thin layer of silicone with glitter mixed into it, which flashes in the sun.
To make winding easier I poked a hole in the end cap and stuck a rod down the center of the pipe. The rod goes through a hole in a block of wood and the wood is held in a vise. You could, of course, just hold the rod directly in the vise. Turning the club on the rod is a pretty easy way to wind the yarn around the handle.
The yarn and silicone combination is soft and makes for a very comfortable catch.