DIY MAGNETIC FIDGET SPINNER | How to Make Hand Spinner Fidget Toys




Introduction: DIY MAGNETIC FIDGET SPINNER | How to Make Hand Spinner Fidget Toys

This tutorial will show you how to build a simple magnetic hand spinner fidget toy.

Step 1: Required Items

Making a magnetic fidget spinner requires three simple supplies and some sort of cutting tool.

Here are links to purchase the required items for a magnetic fidget spinner:

1.) Bearings:
2.) Circular Magnet:
3.) Magnetic Strip:
4.) Cutting Tool:

If you have a cutting tool of your own you will not need #4.

Step 2: Cut the Magnetic Strip

Cut 4 small pieces from the magnetic strip. These 4 pieces of the magnetic strip will act as a spacer between the bearing and the magnet.

Step 3: Assemble the Spinner

It is now time to assemble the magnetic hand spinner fidget toy.

1.) Insert the bearing into the middle of the magnet.

2.) Insert the magnetic strips so they are in the North, South, East and West position like a compass. Or if you prefer clock positions 12, 3, 6 and 9.

Step 4: Spin and Modify

Your magnetic fidget spinner is now complete and ready for you to play with!

You can customize your spinner with anything that is magnetic such as other magnets or nuts and bolts.




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    A skate shop. ;) you can buy little boxes of bearings. You don't need to take apart a skateboard. Skaters have to buy bearings periodically and put new ones in. They come in sets. You can buy all kinds. Really good ones feel like you're riding on smooth glass. They'd make a great spinner. Try CCS? (California cheap skates), local skate shops, they'd probably have clearance boxes.

    There is a link in the instructions to purchase the required items.

    Take apart an old skateboard, or buy online, they are cheap

    Thank you! I saw my classmates bringing some bearings in but I didn't know where to get them *cough cough*

    Trying to balance the bearing inside the doughnut magnet using pieces of random width magnetic strip?FIDGET I think is the operative word here! ;) instead, I might try wrapping multiple layers of electrical tape on the bearing until I got it to a press fit width (slightly larger than the magnet hole) , push it into place, then cut off the excess tape on the sides with a razor blade. That should yield a more uniform and centered bearing. Then if one wanted it precisely balanced, that could be done by adding small pieces of electrical tape to the magnet.... Yea yea, I know - "It's a TOY. Quit over thinking it!" I apologize for this brief interruption by my OCD. Please ignore and keep reading! ?

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    I tried that on a 3D printed spinner that was mistakenly oversized in both the print and the model, and I found that, while the electrical tape did make it fit, it started pushing off of the bearing as I tried to press it in. That's a consideration.

    Protip: The bearings don't move very well because there is grease inside to protect them, but they'll probably impede your fidgeting. So use a little philips screwdriver and pry the plate off of the bearing. Do it to both sides. You should see 6-7 balls between the axle- hole-thingy and the outer disk. Now drop the bearing in a capful of kerosene for maybe 5 minutes OR use dish soap (e.g. dawn), warm water and an old toothbrush to get the grease out. Viola, your bearing works 3-4 times better!


    I love it. I found my son's old bearings but where can I find a circular magnet?

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    You can find them in mircowaves you can also salvage lots of cool componets i recomend going on you tube and searching Grant tompshon mircowave

    Hope it helps

    ACE Hardware, and in fact, Harbor Freight actually has quite a few. They come as magnetic hooks alot. just take the magnet off the back.

    I do not recommend trying to take a microwave magnetron apart, as it could contain a very dangerous substance called beryllia. Speakers have the same magnets in them and are far safer to pry apart.

    As long as you don't try to break up the ceramic insulators at end of the stem and around the base of the antenna, you'll be fine. It's only the dust that is dangerous, and these ceramics are pretty robust against wear and even impact. Plus, some are based on AlN rather than BeO. As you should whenever you are disassembling something, be sure to wear a face mask, gloves, and safety glasses; and carefully clean up after yourself and properly dispose of unwanted bits when you're done. There are plenty of diagrams and YouTube videos available to guide you in deconstructing a magnetron without disturbing the insulators as well, so no need to fly blind...