Duct Tape Spinner Fidget Toy

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About: I graduated from Cardonald College with an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design in 1999. He has worked as a Tattoo Artist, Community Artist, and Freelance Artist ever since. I like making instructables that ...

Hi,

Spinner toys are nothing new and have been covered by other great instructablers such as Kenyer and akn1, but most of the how to's use hot glue which is nice and easy but tend to break easily or a 3d printer which not everyone has access to. I wanted to make a hand spinner that anyone could make, So in this instructable I'm going to show you how to make one using duct tape. its a lot more robust than hot glue and with there being a multitude of different colours of duct tape available you can make them nice and bright.

Its a cheap and easy instructable with most of the parts easy to come by

Lets get started...

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Step 1: What You'll Need

Materials

3 marbles

1 clean skate or skateboard bearing. I got this one from a local skate shop it was old but still span.

Duct tape

Tools

Craft knife

Cutting mat

Ruler

Step 2: Cutting the Tape

Lightly place a length of duct tape roughly 3 inches long on your cutting mat, you dont want it to stick to it too much

Using your bearing to measure the width of the strip use your craft knife and ruller to cut a thin strip roughly the same width as the bearing.

Repeat this to make at least 6 strips.

Step 3: Attaching the Marbles

This part can be a bit tricky.

Take a strip of duct tape and place the marble in the center so there are to lengths at eather side

Attache these two lengths to the bearing.

Take another strip of ductape and wrap it around the bottom of the marble.

Repeat this for the other two marbles.

You want to position the marbles to form a triangle around the bearing.

You may want to and an extra strip of duct tape around the whole fidget toy

Step 4: Finished

and you're done!

I hope you enjoyed this instructable and as always thoughts/comments/criticisms and even pictures of your own Spinner Fidget Toys are welcome in the comments below :)

Duct Tape Challenge 2017

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46 Discussions

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Barry Neesonrandom_builder

Reply 2 years ago

Thank you :) but i still wouldn't say no to a fidget cube, they do look pretty cool

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random_builderBarry Neeson

Reply 2 years ago

Yeah, fidget cubes look better, but this looks way easier to make than a cube. I would make this but I don't have bearings for it and don't want to spend much on some.

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Barry Neesonrandom_builder

Reply 2 years ago

you can get them really cheap new online (ebay) or do what i did just ask in your local skate store if they have any old ones that they were going to throw out :)

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random_builderBarry Neeson

Reply 2 years ago

I finally got a bearing! I will make this, and when I am done, I will show you how it looks. Thanks in advance! :)

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random_builderBarry Neeson

Reply 2 years ago

I don't really want to but one, so I probably won't make this right away. Maybe later....

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jason hamilotn

2 years ago

what kind of ammo casing are you talking about? I know my weapons so it will be good for me.

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Barry Neesonjason hamilotn

Reply 2 years ago

As bbanks5 said, She's not a gun person and I am afraid neither am I. you may have to just experiment with a few and see what you can make :)

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bbanks5

2 years ago

I fell in love with the oven bake clay version and the batman version. THEN I saw this one and OH MY! I may have to make one to match every outfit! There are so MANY decorative duct tapes on the market!

Also: BB's are the basis for bearings...so anything that can encase them and keep them in line will be a suitable adaptation in place of buying the "ready made" set. Just saying for the sake of others... :D A sewing machine bobbin may even work!

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Barry Neesonbbanks5

Reply 2 years ago

Duct tape is the best invention since sliced bread :)

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Barry Neesonjason hamilotn

Reply 2 years ago

I would imagine anything that has an outer spinning piece but a stationary inner piece

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bbanks5jason hamilotn

Reply 2 years ago

jason hamilton ~ Here's an idea: Why not use ammo casings? I'm not a gun person so I can't say sizes. One that fit's inside another. Make sure there's enough spacing between the two to add BB's! Then use pliers to fold out the rim of the inner casing to the outer casing enclosing the BB's. It should turn just fine. Many shell casings can be cut with pipe cutters or even tin snips. You can even use a flanging tool to spread out the inner casing to size, thereby encasing the BB's. Use rocks for weights. Those are about as cheap as you can get! Use three rocks about the same size. Should work just fine!

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Barry Neesonjason hamilotn

Reply 2 years ago

A couple of other members have posted some comments about things they used as an alternative to marbles

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Barry Neesonjason hamilotn

Reply 2 years ago

Being based in Scotland i have no idea as we dont have walmart but bearings are easy to source online and are pretty cheap