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Raymond

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Paperclip Tops
« on: March 21, 2013, 02:55:34 PM »

Thank you TOP PEOPLE for helping me feel very welcome. I had been calling myself the top man; here I can not do so, we are all top people. It was lonely at the top, but now there are all of you and you have invited me in and I'm grateful. You've been there all along and I didn't know.

Here are URLs to videos of my paperclip tops and magnetically assisted top. Also, there are, what I believe to be the world's smallest handmade, handspun tops in the world. Hope you all enjoy them, and feel free to ask any questions about them you all can think of. (By the way, if my top is not the smallest handmade, handspun top in the world, I would love to see the real one.)

HANDMADE TOPS

The World's Smallest Top HD-edition

This the url for the Kindle version of my booklet: HOW TO MAKE PAPERCLIP TOPS.

http://www.amazon.com/How-make-paperclip-tops-ebook/dp/B00CLY1YUS/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1368041546&sr=1-1&keywords=how+to+make+paperclip+tops

Thanks again, Raymond
« Last Edit: May 08, 2013, 03:45:20 PM by Raymond »
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czyoyo

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Re: THANKS...
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2013, 03:03:45 PM »

Yeah. This is a pretty awesome forum! 8)

Everybody here actually wants to help and be nice.
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Raymond

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Re: THANKS...
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2013, 03:17:45 PM »

Yeah. This is a pretty awesome forum! 8)

Everybody here actually wants to help and be nice.
Hey, this is way cool. I appreciate that very much.
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ta0

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Re: THANKS...
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2013, 04:16:07 PM »


Your wire tops are fantastic!
I have made some paper clip tops after reading about Prof. Sakai's analysis (which you mention) but you took it to another lever.

As far as I know those are in fact the smallest handmade tops.

Welcome Raymond!
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the Earl of Whirl

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Re: THANKS...
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2013, 05:42:10 PM »

Welcome, Raymond!  Yes, this is a pretty special place.  Sometimes I forget how special it is then I roam around other places on the Internet and am reminded very quickly how good we have it here.

Your small tops are pretty small.  I don't see anyone beating you.  Your finger tops look familiar and it seems like I tried something like that but on a much much more crude level. 

« Last Edit: March 21, 2013, 09:05:41 PM by the Earl of Whirl »
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Re: THANKS...
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2013, 06:10:48 PM »

Welcome Raymond, those are some kinda small tops.  :o Thanks for posting both those and your magnetically assisted tops.  I imagine each 'top holder' takes some fain amount of trial and error to get the height adjusted to that sweet spot.  Are plans for that apparatus forthcoming also?
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Re: THANKS...
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2013, 10:22:14 PM »

Welcome to the board.  Great place to spend a few days (over the years).
Your magnet above the top is a fantastic idea.  I couldn't help but think of Joe M and his monster top.  It could be adapted to this with a big enough magnet.  How about it Joe?  Just a thought. ???
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Re: Paper Clip Tops
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2013, 12:05:20 PM »

[Raymond: I hope you don't mind that I changed the subject of your post from Thanks! to Paper Clip Tops, so people will find it easier]

I would be very interested if you posted videos or instructions showing how you bend and make your different variations on the paper clip tops.  The only one I have made is the simple Sakai top.
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Re: Paper Clip Tops
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2013, 12:18:32 PM »

WOW! Those are small!

Kind of like spinning dust! ;D
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Re: Paper Clip Tops
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2013, 09:16:43 PM »

i use pliers to make mine, what do you use?
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Re: Paper Clip Tops
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2013, 10:49:20 PM »

Welcome Raymond.
I passed your videos on to folks in my office and we are running out to paper clips!
Your “low rider” form is really slick.
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Re: Paper Clip Tops
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2013, 05:05:30 AM »

Hello Raymond
thanks a lot for sharing your works on paper clip tops
it is very inspiring
i'm fond of low-tech , recycling or distracting objects from their original use

in the 2nd vid with the super small top you say there's some static electricity in the air : i was wondering if it could be your body which generates it

have you tried your tops in a magnetic field ?


besides that i have immediately bent a few paper clips , with a V shaped tip  and low rider silhouette : the surface on which you spin is super important
these go über smooth on marble or glass, rather clumsy on wood or plastic

your VDO's are cool but you could show your face as well ::)



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Raymond

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Re: Paper Clip Tops
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2013, 02:32:23 PM »

Hello Raymond
thanks a lot for sharing your works on paper clip tops
it is very inspiring
i'm fond of low-tech , recycling or distracting objects from their original use

in the 2nd vid with the super small top you say there's some static electricity in the air : i was wondering if it could be your body which generates it

have you tried your tops in a magnetic field ?


besides that i have immediately bent a few paper clips , with a V shaped tip  and low rider silhouette : the surface on which you spin is super important
these go über smooth on marble or glass, rather clumsy on wood or plastic

your VDO's are cool but you could show your face as well ::)



jim

The static I mentioned was on the plastic surface of the box I was spinning the top in. Particularly that one made out of a pen spring, with its wide, thin flywheel. It simply affected the spin a little.
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Raymond

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Re: Paper Clip Tops
« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2013, 02:35:04 PM »

Welcome Raymond.
I passed your videos on to folks in my office and we are running out to paper clips!
Your “low rider” form is really slick.

You all are making very happy hearing you need more paperclips. : )
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Raymond

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Re: Paper Clip Tops
« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2013, 02:47:05 PM »

i use pliers to make mine, what do you use?

I have been using a cuticle clipper (they look like toenail clippers but the blade curves outward), which I dulled with some emery clothe, making the blade into a very thing set of pliers. This I use on paperclips, but thicker wire stock needs heavier duty tools. The large top in my video was made using channel locks and a bench vice. A machine shop would have expert tools for anything larger.
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