Buzz Wire Kit





Introduction: Buzz Wire Kit

About: My name is Babak Eshghi and I am currently operating, a retail and wholesale distributor of science education products, based in Clifton, NJ.

Buzz wire is a steady hand game that is well known to many as a table top amusement. Buzz wire is a challenging and competitive game where you are playing the number of touches against time. The player has to get the right balance between speed and skill in order to obtain the a successful score.

Step 1:

For those of you who don’t know the game, the aim is to guide the grip mounted loop through the wire maze without touching the loop against the metal maze all the way to the end.

If the metal loop touches the maze, even for a fraction of a second, the alarm will sound and the player must start again. The winner will be the player who reaches the end of the maze in the quickest time. In this project you will make your own buzz wire game.

Step 2: Materials

Copper Tube 36"
Solid Copper Wire (24, 26 or 28 Gauge)
Battery Holder 2AA
Buzzer 3-Volt
Light Bulb (2.5-V ~ 3-V)
Lamp/Bulb Holder
Connection Wire (Alligator Clips)
Wood Board or Base

Step 3: Make the Frame & Maze

Make your own design of buzzwire frame or stand. Twist your own creative design for the Copper tube maze to match the size and the design of your frame or stand.

The difficulty level of the game is decided during construction by choosing the diameter of the wand loop, and by choosing the number of curves and corners in the wire.

The circuit design is completely independent from the design of the frame or stand.

Step 4: Make the Circuit

Start by identifying the positive and negative side of all components. Look for + signs and - signs that mark the positive and negative sides. Red wires indicate positive and black wires indicate negative. (The diagram in the right is showing all connections with red line.)

Decide about the location of the components based on your design and install them securely on the board or frame you have prepared. If you are using a wooden base or frame, you can use screws to mount the components such as lamp holder, battery holder and buzzer. Note that only bare wire can create an electrical contact. Carefully remove the wire insulation from the contact points as needed.

Step 5: Design Your Loop Wand

The Loop Wand is a solid copper wire that you have made a loop on one end of it. If you have purchased a kit, you already have a solid copper wire about 8 inches long in your kit. Wrap one end of the copper wire around a round object to make a loop.

The other end of the loop wand connects to a long wire. The long wire that comes in the kit has an alligator clip on each end for easy connections.

Step 6: Make All the Connections

Connect the negative side of your power source (or the black wire of your battery holder) to your wire maze. (We made a hole the same size as the maze diameter, then inserted the black wire in the hole before inserting the maze in the base board.

Connect the positive side of your power source (the red wire of the battery holder) and the red wire of the buzzer together and to one side of the lamp holder. Connect the black wire of the buzzer to the other side of the lamp holder and then to the loop wand.

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12 Discussions

nice games for kids

My sister brought home one of these a few years ago from school. Great game, great instructable. Only possible improvement I could think of was a simple 555 monostable circuit that keeps the buzzer going strong for a small amount of time even if you only make a very short contact that is barely audible. Less cheating ;)

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Since we've used copper for both the tube/maze and wire/wand, it is quite sensitive so the slightest touch will sound the buzzer.

Yes I'm sure, but this was the case with my sisters design. Probably has lots to do with type of buzzer and the gauge of the tube/wand =)

This is the great game thanks for sharing I'm going to make this

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Make multiple loops in varying diameters abd you have an easy way to " level up" the difficulty or make it more pkayable for kids wuth less steady hands without sacrificing the skill level for adults.

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This is a great game, and a very well-done instructable!

This looks like it would be a great project for younger makers to take on. I'm glad you shared this!

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Thanks, your comment is much appreciated! I completely agree, it's a fun way for anyone to learn/play with science.