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wind-up toy making question? Answered

I want to make steampunk style wind up toys, I just need any information pertaining to the mechanics of wind up ... stuff. You know, how do I make springs? How do you go about putting the wind up "engine" together? Are there any sources for purchasing parts online? Any help would be greatly appreciated


what are the major components of a wind up toy?

Check out these sites… This one explains in very good detail how to make a wind up toy http://www.explainthatstuff.com/how-clockwork-works.html

To buy the overall gearbox already manufactured (better idea if you want to make a lot of toys.) Focus on the design of the toy and apply the gearbox assembly

However if you want to take the windup art to a higher level you can build the gearbox from scratch

To buy clockwork springs go here:


Shame all parts come from one region of the world these days…need more makers in North America, and other regions.
Good luck with your work and keep promoting DIY!!

I would buy a cheap wind-up toy, extract the mechanism, and then dress it up to suit your needs.

I need a wind up toy made i will pay if anyone can help.
It requires a gear on the toy to move at 300 rpm while the the other gears spin as long as possible (hopefully 30 minutes- 2 hours and longer) Any ideas
Please write to mrbubbles@rocketmail.com

I think you are asking the impossible, and I think you are also asking for trouble by posting your email address like that...

I second this as well. You can buy cheap wind-ups for $1-$5. It will be hard to make good winds yourself (unless you ate talking about rubber band powered toys but I'm not sure they are called the same). Maybe this info on wind-up toys will help you some more.

I second this. Wind-up engines seem like a lot of tiny components to deal with. Although I have seen some wind up toys with their springs exposed and these were relatively simple. They also looked awesome. I wish I could remember what they were called.

Most of a wind-up is slowing the spring down. You can use little fans (common in music boxes) or a watch-type tick-tock (escapement) or the resistance to forward movement (like a pull-back-to-wind car). Rubber bands are easy substitutes for springs, or you can try to buy hard wire and wind springs (much easier to buy springs). Then again, most steampunk is about looks and possibilities, so it's entirely reasonable to use a small electric motor as long as it's hidden and the visible mechanics LOOK mechanical.

There are wind-up parts in craft stores, sold as assembled wind up engines and you just add your magic to the output.

Home made wind ups are perhaps better powered from a wound rubber band.