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Buttons serve an important wardrobe function.  Although they can be found in interesting places, the life of a button is probably boring to the button.  This is a way for the button to have a bit of fun and reach speeds unknown to most buttons.

This simple toy has been around more than two and a half thousand years.  Easy to make and fun to play with.  They have been known by different names;  button whirligig, string button toy, button spinner, buzzers, and now.....THE SPINNING BUTTON OF CHAOS!
 
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Step 1: Tools

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You will be using strong string.  Teeth would do, but you only have the one set, and you should take care of them.  Scissors or a knife will work best.

Step 2: Materials

A button and a strong string are all that is needed.

The button should be the flat style (not shank or stud style) and should have at least two holes equal distance from the center of the button.  A bigger, heaver button will be easier to use, but will result in slower speeds.  A disc made of almost anything could be used in place of the button....USE CAUTION!

The string should be strong and flexible enough to twist onto itself.  I used one of the inner yarns of 550 parachute cord, cut to about 30 inches in length.

Step 3: Thread the Button

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Thread the string thru the button and then back thru on the hole opposite the center of the button.

Step 6: Set,

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Holding the string loose, spin the button to wind up the string.
sageserver2 years ago
take a metal bottle cap. smash it flat. nail two holes in it. string it. and fight with your friends who could cut there opponents string first.
CHARLESCRANFORD (author)  sageserver2 years ago
How did we survive our childhood?

I fought with chains and hammers, I have no idea.

deadairman1 year ago
ah, childhood memories -- of the noise this thing would make when you would sneak up to a neighbor's bathroom window, at night (seeing that the neighbor was sitting on the 'throne') and let this toy loose on the glass window. Great instructable.
rickyspears2 years ago
This was one of my favorite toys as a child. I spent countless hours playing with it but never fully appreciated the physics of it all. Thanks for the reminder!
CHARLESCRANFORD (author)  rickyspears2 years ago
We both probably didn't appreciate that our mom was making them for us to keep us out of their hair so they could sew.
Kiteman2 years ago
That's a nice description of a traditional toy.

(I love the noise these things make)
CHARLESCRANFORD (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
Thanks. This is one of those things that jars your brain back to your childhood. If you look at the first picture, you can see the vibrations in the string.