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jim in paris

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button top
« on: January 17, 2016, 10:43:42 AM »

hi all
during the christmas break we worked on this project with Ludo
it's a very simple and efficient set-up, copied from a top I had for a long time

the only difficulty is to find a very thin but also very stiff metal wire
we ended by using a piano wire

 https://youtu.be/ERfRgUloriM

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Re: button top
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2016, 12:10:20 PM »

Very nice!

I don't recall "buttons with tips" like yours, but now I will be on the look out for one ("excuse me madam, may I borrow one of the buttons of your blouse for an experiment?"  >:D

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copied from a top I had for a long time
Was that the Duncan Twister?

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Re: button top
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2016, 01:15:53 PM »

Duncan Twister?
never heard of that

it was a top from germany
with a very long metal wire,and a tiny wood button full of holes
maybe to blow air once it was started i dunno
 the brass tip was very pointy and the top would not spin very long due to a general mistake in the proportions
but the metal wire for a launcher was really interesting

we had fun testing various buttons and "tips" and dremel holes in many buttons and beer caps,finally the "gem stickers" did the job for tips
a lot of contact
the  important part is the wire >:D


do you have this duncan top ?
could you show us a vid ?

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Re: button top
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2016, 06:17:10 PM »

Very Nice.  I am guessing that you used the dremel to make the holes have an angle for easy release.  True?  This looks like a great parent and child project.  (or adult top fan project :))
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Duncan Twister video
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2016, 06:57:03 PM »

do you have this duncan top ?
could you show us a vid ?
jim

Here is a video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxO8VaFK0Ro

No music, but would have gone well with Let's do the Twist.

Do you have a photo of the German top?
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Re: button top
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2016, 12:27:35 PM »

here is the photo of the german top
it's quite "arty", and was purchased some years ago by a friend

I filmed a video
but it doesn't bring more information about the twisting of the wire

do you think this launcher dates back from a long time ago  >?
certainly the 19th century, but i don't recall such a launcher at Cyril's..

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Re: button top
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2016, 01:42:39 PM »

Thanks for the photo Jim.

I cannot recall a similar top. I would guess it is a 19th century but it could be older.
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Re: button top
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2016, 01:47:49 PM »

very impressive jim, ive never seen this type of top before  :o
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Re: button top
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2016, 01:49:01 PM »

Very nice!

I don't recall "buttons with tips" like yours, but now I will be on the look out for one ("excuse me madam, may I borrow one of the buttons of your blouse for an experiment?"  >:D

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copied from a top I had for a long time
Was that the Duncan Twister?



ta0 oh beloved ta0 i need a pic of the bottom side of your magical twister please i beg of you sir!!!!
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Duncan Twister
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2016, 08:16:16 PM »

ta0 oh beloved ta0 i need a pic of the bottom side of your magical twister please i beg of you sir!!!!

Here is a photo of the profile:



These are not easy to find. I was lucky that I once got on Ebay a lot of five. I traded or gave away the rest (one of them is on display at the Chico Yo-Yo Museum). If I recall correctly, they were red, blue and perhaps green. The Yo-Yo Man with the square nose was introduced in 1947 and used throughout the 1950's, so it must be from that time.
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Re: button top
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2016, 09:50:47 PM »

I did a trade with Jorge years
ago for 2 of them. I gave one
to the National yoyo museum
and kept the blue one.
  I love it  ;D
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