Part 2 will focus on making a fidget spinner out of hot glue. To see how to make a spinner out of paper, please click here.
I made a video of the instructions and below you will see written steps.
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Budget: $50 +
Time Needed: 30 minutes
- Amazing Mold Putty ($16 for 150 grams)
- Hot glue
- Hot glue guns
- Ball Bearings (You can buy cheaper bearings)
- Adhesive glue spray (Ask your maintenance department first)
- Aerosol hair spray
- Fan (any kind of fan for drying)
- Paint or nail polish (Ask staff for nail polish donations)
- Cheap fidget spinner to make your mold
- Grease for bearings (Ask your maintenance dept. first)
- Pre make your molds by following the instructions on the product.
- Disclaimer-the 150g box only makes four molds.
- Press your real spinner in the clay.
- Using a box cutter/Exacto knife, cut off the nibs left behind from your real spinner.
- Place your spinner in the center of mold.
- The bearings linked above are pre greased. If you purchase a different bearing, simple push off the cover using a staple. See if the balls are greased; if not, grease them. This is optional but grease makes them spin faster.
- You can 3D print fidget spinner caps from Thingiverse. I haven’t done this yet but I will. Make sure you check the size of your bearings before you choose a cap to be sure it’s the correct size.
- Start with the bearing when you begin to hot glue. Then continue to fill the rest of the mold with hot glue
- Tell teens to wait a minute after they insert a new glue stick to allow it to get hot.
- Wait a couple of minutes for the glue to dry and remove from mold.
- Using hot glue, fill in any holes and valleys. Glue around the sides to clean it up. Wait another minute while it dries. Make sure teens hold it while it’s drying.
- Spray the spinner with adhesive glue and pour glitter on the spinner over a bowl. Only do one side.
- Spray the spinner with hair spray to seal the glitter.
- Have teens put their spinner on a drying table in front of a fan.
- If you don’t use a fan, it will take a couple of hours to dry. Ask your maintenance dept. if they have fans.
- Once it’s dry, repeat on the other side.
- If you want to use pennies as weights, hot glue the pennies to this side and cover with glitter.
- Teens can make another spinner or eat snacks while they wait for their spinner to dry.
- If they do not want to use glitter, they may use paint or keep it clear.
- You do not have to use glitter to make a cool spinner.
- Teens can insert gems, sequins, pom poms, etc into the glue before it hardens as decoration.
- You can also purchase glitter glue sticks from Amazon, Hobby Lobby, or Dollar Tree.
Using Fidget Spinners to Teach STEAM
See part 1 for full STEAM ideas.
You can use the ball bearings to teach friction and torque. I got a C in high school physics so I’ll just reference you to an article I found online.