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Iacopo

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A feathered spinning top with glass cover
« on: July 01, 2020, 04:28:40 PM »

Long time ago I made a glass cover out of a large beer glass, thinking that one day I would have used it for one of my spinning tops.

That day has arrived.  One of my customers asked me for a top I proposed to him with a design with feathers and the glass cover.
So I made it.  This is the design:



It is my second top with feathers.  In the first one the feathers were engulfed into the thickness of the resin/varnish.
Here I wanted to maintain their natural look so I glued their shafts but not the barbs, and there isn't any resin/varnish covering them.
I learned how to bend/shape the feathers for to make them fit to the surfaces of the top and the base, (they can be bended using heat, or steam, like it is made with wood). 
I added a chamber inside the base for to hold some camphor, for a better preservation of the naked feathers.



Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfly2K7IK-Q

« Last Edit: July 02, 2020, 02:28:05 AM by Iacopo »
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Re: A feathered spinning top with glass cover
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2020, 05:53:32 PM »

Now mine is not the only feathered top, but I don't mind.

Always innovating (camphor releasing cavity!  :o )! And such beautiful results!  8)
The original texture of the feathers will give the base a very unique look.
But the feathers on the top, are those also exposed or are they embedded?

I love that each of your presentation videos is a piece of art in itself!
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Re: A feathered spinning top with glass cover
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2020, 10:09:28 PM »

Awesome craftsmanship! Your work is the best!
You should make a throw top  ;)
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Re: A feathered spinning top with glass cover
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2020, 04:30:38 AM »

Now mine is not the only feathered top, but I don't mind.

Always innovating (camphor releasing cavity!  :o )! And such beautiful results!  8)
The original texture of the feathers will give the base a very unique look.
But the feathers on the top, are those also exposed or are they embedded?

I love that each of your presentation videos is a piece of art in itself!

Thank you !

The feathers, (pheasant), on the top are exposed like those in the base. 
I too was concerned about this; in fact, in the beginning, I didn't design the feathers in the top.
I was worried that maybe the air and the centrifugal force could lift the exposed feathers while the top spins at high speed but then I changed idea, thinking that the feathers seem light ant stiff enough. I am happy that I changed idea because they stay well in place and in this way the top matches the base as for aesthetics.

The chamber too was different in the beginning, it was for holding the replaceable tips, then I thought that it would have been better to use it for the camphor.



Glueing the feathers was a bit complicated.  Here, (photo below), I have set in place the second row of feathers in the base, ready to be glued.
I wanted the feathers to be adherent to the base so I overbended them a bit, then I needed a system for to press them in place for the time needed for the glue to harden.  The temporary screws were for avoiding the rubber band to slip upwards, given the shape of the base.



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Re: A feathered spinning top with glass cover
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2020, 05:20:33 AM »

Awesome craftsmanship! Your work is the best!
You should make a throw top  ;)

Thanks, Anon !

Who knows, maybe one day I could make a throw top.

But I have not the ability to play with this kind of tops, (I bought a Cometa spinning top some time ago, I find difficult even to spin it with the string; I have much respect for you skilled players, it's amazing the tricks you can do with these tops !), so I can't realize how to design the top exactly, what proportions work better, the size, the weight...

On the good side, I know how to fine tune the balance of the top, both the static and the dynamic balance.



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Re: A feathered spinning top with glass cover
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2020, 11:10:02 AM »

Fantástico quiero uno yaaaa
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Re: A feathered spinning top with glass cover
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2020, 12:41:37 PM »

Fantástico quiero uno yaaaa

I am happy that you like it, but it's largely hand made, and expensive..  A top like this costs about $ 1300-1400.
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Re: A feathered spinning top with glass cover
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2020, 11:51:00 PM »

Just exquisite! As I said on YouTube, my favorite of the last year or so.

And some truly exotic craftsmanship. Knowing what the finished base looks like now, can hardly bear to look at those big screws sticking out of it during production.

What's the camphor for?
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Re: A feathered spinning top with glass cover
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2020, 02:22:08 AM »

Just exquisite! As I said on YouTube, my favorite of the last year or so.

And some truly exotic craftsmanship. Knowing what the finished base looks like now, can hardly bear to look at those big screws sticking out of it during production.

What's the camphor for?

Thanks, Jeremy !

Moths and other insects could eat the feathers and ruin them.  The smell of the camphor helps keeping them away.
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Re: A feathered spinning top with glass cover
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2020, 11:22:15 AM »

You don't see tops in need of built-in insect repellents every day. Hmmm, wonder if a wooden top has ever had termites?
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Re: A feathered spinning top with glass cover
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2020, 02:37:05 PM »

You don't see tops in need of built-in insect repellents every day. Hmmm, wonder if a wooden top has ever had termites?

Wood is more often attacked by termites when it is becoming rotten and softer, otherwise usually there is no need for repellents, and wooden products are sold without repellents.  But feathers are different.  I am not an expert, but collectors of feathers, or other items like butterflies, insects, and so on, normally use anti moth products for to preserve their collections, and, if they do, there is a reason, I think. 
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