Introduction: Tiny High-Speed Spinner Toy!

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This is a fun toy made out of a paperclip. Really fast spinner and easy to make. Kids love 'em! Video demonstration included!

Step 1: All You Need...

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A Paperclip and a pair of needle nose pliers. I used the plastic covered paperclips because they are better looking.

Step 2: How to Do It...

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Using a regular paper clip, the height b and the radius of the circle c are about 1cm or .4 inch. Bend the angle a to about 50 degrees
The spinner will run well even if the curvature of the circle is not perfect. With a well made top, you will see the circle and the shaft very clearly, while the rapidly revolving spokes will be invisible. When you spin the top with your fingers, it spins very fast, with speeds possible up to several thousand rpm.

The final trick - shown in the video - uses a tiny Neodymium magnet placed on the axis of the top, trying not to mess with the balance. The top will then be attracted to another metallic object, in this case another paper clip bent into a curved shape. The spinning top clings on to the curved shape and spins around its edge.

Step 3: Here Is the Video...

Give it a try and have fun!!


luke.reichert (author)2015-01-20

Very cool. Where is the video?

ninjacheese (author)2014-03-06


rgovindaraman (author)2012-03-09

Thank you very much.

rgovindaraman (author)2012-03-09

I think one of the highest compliments you can give a person here is:
"that gives me an idea!" And yours did.

Kasm279 (author)2012-02-04

Hey, kipkay is alive! Good to see another neat 'ible from you after so long! (or was the subscription system just glitching on here...)

Kryptonite (author)Kasm2792012-02-07

Sadly just a subscription glitch, this ones a little old now!

Cheezpaper (author)2010-11-27

Can you give the appox. dimensions for a jumbo sized paperclip?

pyro22 (author)2007-06-02

no offence kipkay but this is already on instructables.
Other instructable

Kipkay (author)pyro222007-06-03

Guess I had not seen it. Thanks for watching anyway.

HeyJD (author)Kipkay2010-08-03

I guess your too used to youtube.... You said thanks for watching....

PyroManiac96 (author)Kipkay2008-04-09

no offense, but your supposed to search for what you are gonna make to see if its already here

ReCreate (author)pyro222009-07-02

So does that mean that every other similar instructable has to be violently accused?

MamiCyn (author)pyro222009-06-20

THANK you pyro22!!! The other Instructable has step-by-step pictures that let me actually DO the craft! The pics on the other project are not really clear, but at least I can get the general idea of how to get it done. THX again!

Tommy W (author)2010-02-11


112251919112 (author)2008-08-15

not very good instuctions, but great toy!(if oly i could figure it out) <:(

phoenixthegenius (author)2009-01-02

does anybody have that in slow motion? tell if you do

send that to time warp...y'know the show in the discovery channel

Derin (author)ReCreate2009-07-02

or send it to splinterc3ll he has a high speed camera

ReCreate (author)Derin2009-07-02

whos that?

Derin (author)ReCreate2009-07-03


MamiCyn (author)2009-06-20

This video plays WAY too fast on my computer. The directions in the other steps are not really sufficient for me to be able to "see" how this is done. I'm really disappointed because I truly wanted to do this Instructable. Thanks anyway...

tartarusishades (author)MamiCyn2009-07-19

A pause button, well. DL it and then slow it down. Amazing.

scalarcharge (author)MamiCyn2009-07-11

This is an awesome instructable!!! I just made two of them. The real trick was getting the "B"s perpendicular to the ring. That made the biggest difference. I'm sure the video was sped up on purpose so we wouldn't get bored. Just use the pliers to make the figure on the previous step. I didn't even need pliers. (mine isn't as pretty) I promise this is fun and easy. Just give it a try.

Fred da Bunny (author)2009-09-26

acaz93 made it and kiplay copied it exactly

Fred da Bunny (author)2009-09-26

this is copied from acaz93. the only difference is colour

nerfdude (author)2009-09-03


dventu (author)2009-08-06

its hard to curve the paperclip

smashbros35 (author)2009-07-05


extremegtafan (author)2008-09-22

WOW! I just made this thing and its FAST!!! Here, I'll spin it- spun. I'll finish this comment, its kinda slowing, stopped. I'm not good at spinning it yet.

hornbadoing (author)2008-08-12


ich bin ein pyro (author)2007-05-31

wow how do you moves your hands so fast or is it someone else video that you just put on here to make it look like you did it and you forgot how to spin it

His username is kipkay on metacafe also, and he has made 33k off his 70+ videos. He makes tons of how-to's and they're mostly good. Unless this instructable user is an imposter...

do you mean 33k as in money or views?

Derin (author)ich bin ein pyro2008-07-01

in money as in "today i earned 33000$"

BTW, is that user name of your's German? Sounds like it but only my dad speaks German.

yes it is part-way i didnt know the word for pyro at the time of activation of my account but i just found out there is no german word for pyro because i think its a english made word if i had done german it would be ich bin das verrückte feuer (i am fire crazy)

Ian01 (author)ich bin ein pyro2007-06-26

Pyro's a Greek word.

33k is the ram it takes to run the video 33 killobites

Money, he gets $100 for every 20k views.
Actually - as of right now he has $34,830.
His stuff is not so original sometimes though, I could swear I saw a few of his how-to's on instructables.

Kipkay (author)scripkiddie2007-06-03

True...there are very few brand new ideas...many just rehashed and hopefully if I do repeat I try to do it a bit better. Thanks!

Kipkay (author)scripkiddie2007-06-03

No it's me and you are right. I am the Top Producer on Metacafe. Thanks!

PizzaPlanet (author)2008-04-04

I was wrong now i made it square (more accurate) and voila the spinning to dramatically improved sorry for any misunderstanding.

humangravitron (author)2007-12-30

its not from grandillusions if they cite where they got it from.

jacksteal4 (author)2007-11-05


Kipkay (author)2007-10-27

Oh my! To clear up any potential patheticism alert:
and Takao Sakai, professor of mechanical engineering at the Tohoku university in Japan proposed this idea. And thanks to my mom for birthing me.

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