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Topic: Felt Covered Mouse Balls
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Nov 29, 2005 05:41PM)
I just made myself a set of 1.25" red balls from old computer mouse balls.

They are wonderful. Heavy as hell making some of the slights really smooth.

Anyone else using covered mouse balls. Or plain old mouse balls?
Message: Posted by: Bill Wells (Nov 29, 2005 08:01PM)
I have been trying but I am having trouble catching the mice.
Message: Posted by: Steve V (Nov 29, 2005 08:17PM)
I use mouse balls! Just got cups and practice with 'em. They are not covered. I like'em cuz the size is good and they are heavy and don't roll off easily.
Steve V
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Nov 29, 2005 09:15PM)
I "feleted" a set to make them larger and colorful red. they are wonderful. Big, heavy, the felt keeps them from rolling around. These are really great.
Message: Posted by: Kondini (Nov 30, 2005 04:11AM)
I thought that mouse`s balls would have been small!
Message: Posted by: Starry (Nov 30, 2005 07:49AM)
I'd have thought they'd already be furry, too.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Nov 30, 2005 11:56AM)
I personally don't think my balls should be the focus of comedy-related activities
here at the Café.
Message: Posted by: RicHeka (Nov 30, 2005 12:21PM)
"I "feleted" a set to make them larger and colorful red". Frank,I think that's against the law in most States. :)
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Nov 30, 2005 12:34PM)
Like my website used to say...

"Would you rather have your balls felt or crocheted? We think the answer is obvious!"
Message: Posted by: Kondini (Nov 30, 2005 12:45PM)
The RSPCA will be after you for felting mouses balls.
I had a friend who was arrested for having a mole on the end of his *^###%!!Elbow!
Message: Posted by: saheer (Nov 30, 2005 01:17PM)
What is the price of the mouse balls you've feleted? Aside from the mouse's honor . . . .
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Nov 30, 2005 04:28PM)
I could probably do a few sets for $25 a set.

I do have extra mouse balls. I don't want to make it a fulltime job but I don't mind doing a few.
Message: Posted by: Avrakdavra (Dec 1, 2005 07:53AM)
I use some, and the reason I don't felt them is in order to maintain their surface texture, which I find good to work with-- and ideas how to color them (bright!) without felt?
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Dec 1, 2005 11:33AM)
Yes. I'm working on that as well.

However, I wanted the balls to be larger than standard mouseball size.
I felted them up to 1.25". Mine are big and heavy now.
Message: Posted by: BAH1313 (Dec 1, 2005 12:02PM)
Oh my goodness, This forum has finally swayed into the realm of inuendo. Say it isn't so.

At any rate, have any of you ever worked with Schwetty balls? Or even the European Schtankie balls?

Hey you started it.
Message: Posted by: RicHeka (Dec 1, 2005 09:50PM)
Hey Frank! There's no need to start bragging. :)
Message: Posted by: mrmystic (Dec 1, 2005 10:30PM)
Now cut it out guys! Frank is offering a service here. If I run into anyone who is looking to get there balls felt, I will definetly send them to Frank.
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Dec 4, 2005 03:57PM)
I use parts from Rhesis Monkeys.

Posted: Dec 4, 2005 4:57pm
I don't really, but that's what I call them.
Message: Posted by: RiffRaff (Dec 4, 2005 04:22PM)
[quote]
On 2005-12-04 16:57, Pete Biro wrote:
I use parts from Rhesis Monkeys.
[/quote]

You've got your parts in my peanut butter!!!
You've got your peanut butter...
Oh, sorry, wrong Rhesis.
Message: Posted by: saheer (Dec 4, 2005 11:48PM)
Are they actually spider monkeys? I can't seem to find the rhesis kind on the Ellusionist or Penguin sites. . . .
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Dec 5, 2005 08:54AM)
[quote]
On 2005-12-01 08:53, Avrakdavra wrote:
I use some, and the reason I don't felt them is in order to maintain their surface texture, which I find good to work with-- and ideas how to color them (bright!) without felt?
[/quote]

Jeff Hobson has a set of the green felt balls and he suggests using "plasti-grip" to make your balls sticky for easy palming. He told me he used the spray-on clear stuff.
But they also make a dip-in in a variety of colors, allowing you to dangle your balls above the can and slowly let them into the cool wet liquid. When it dries you have a rubber-like coating on your balls in the color you wish. Multiple dippings will increase the size of your balls. I read the can and it also says you can take a brush to your balls if you don't want to dip them in.

You can thank Jeff for this info.
Message: Posted by: Motor City (Dec 5, 2005 04:29PM)
May I ask how the felt is applied to the mouse balls?

Where can one get "plasti-grip"?
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Dec 5, 2005 04:37PM)
Answer #1. you purchase raw wool and learn how to do "felting". I suggest a google search for how to do plus a search on where to find the right kind of wool. The first balls I felted took about 20 minutes per ball. I'm faster now, thank god, but it took quite a while to acquire the knack of getting them done somewhat quickly.

answer #2. the hardware store. the product is often used for dipping tool handles into to create a rubber/plastic handle on the tool.
Message: Posted by: Motor City (Dec 7, 2005 08:56AM)
Thanks, Frank. Can't wait to learn the art of "felting". Right now it's off to the hardware store for me.
Message: Posted by: Starry (Dec 7, 2005 04:11PM)
Let me get this straight, you took a mouse's balls and felt them for twenty minutes and charge $25? They're small and blue when you start out right? But then they turn larger and bright red?

Sorry Frank, I know felt balls is a serous subject.

-- Ace
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Dec 7, 2005 04:35PM)
That's right. You got it.
Message: Posted by: ringmaster (Dec 8, 2005 12:09PM)
MEMO
Re: Replacement of Mouse Balls.

If a mouse fails to operate or should it perform erratically, it may need a ball replacement. Mouse balls are now available as FRU (Field Replacement Units). Because of the delicate nature of this procedure, replacement of mouse balls should only be attempted by properly trained personnel.

Before proceeding, determine the type of mouse balls by examining the underside of the mouse. Domestic balls will be larger and harder than foreign balls. Ball removal procedures differ depending upon the manufacturer of the mouse. Foreign balls can be replaced using the pop off method. Domestic balls are replaced by using the twist off method. Mouse balls are not usually static sensitive. However, excessive handling can result in sudden discharge. Upon completion of ball replacement, the mouse may be used immediately.

It is recommended that each person have a pair of spare balls for maintaining optimum customer satisfaction. Any customer missing his balls should contact the local personnel in charge of removing and replacing these necessary items.

Please keep in mind that a customer without properly working balls is an unhappy customer.
Message: Posted by: Kondini (Dec 8, 2005 01:11PM)
I have been working away for the last eight days and upon return you are still talking about mouse balls !
Sad.
Message: Posted by: saheer (Dec 16, 2005 10:14AM)
[quote]
On 2005-12-08 13:09, ringmaster wrote:
MEMO
Re: Replacement of Mouse Balls.

* * * *

Upon completion of ball replacement, the mouse may be used immediately.

* * * *

Please keep in mind that a customer without properly working balls is an unhappy customer.

[/quote]

This memo raises a couple of things. The first is that this topic will not die a peaceful death. The second is whether we should even discuss the first part of the above quote.

In all seriousness, I used to do tech support and one of the stories constantly circulating concerned a person who had just acquired a new computer and couldn't get their mouse to drag and drop (the buttons worked o.k.). After well over an hour of re-loading drivers, re-installing the operating system, and finally escalating the call to "tier 3", the problem was solved.

The customer hadn't taken the mouse out of its bag.



Buy Frank's woolly balls!
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Jan 30, 2006 12:53PM)
[quote]
On 2005-11-30 13:21, PaleoMagi wrote:
"I "feleted" a set to make them larger and colorful red". Frank,I think that's against the law in most States. :)
[/quote]
Not in most states....I just think it's against the law in Georgia. I know that certain toys are illegal to sell in that state. Just when you think that the puritans all died off, they turn up in Georgia. ;)
Message: Posted by: kOnO (Feb 3, 2006 10:44PM)
Something must be wrong here, my mouse doesn't have ball's

just a little red light

I would have expected it to have ball's cause I bought it mail order

kOnO
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Feb 4, 2006 04:13AM)
[quote]
On 2006-02-03 23:44, kOnO wrote:
Something must be wrong here, my mouse doesn't have ball's

just a little red light

I would have expected it to have ball's cause I bought it mail order

kOnO
[/quote]

You have an optical mouse, same as mine. Go to a used computer parts store and they'll probably have a box of old "roller" style mice with balls in them.
Message: Posted by: kOnO (Feb 4, 2006 08:13PM)
Optical mouse! WOW what will they think of next

kOnO
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Feb 5, 2006 08:16PM)
I don't know. Let me check with the Men In Black and see what they're going to release next.
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Feb 5, 2006 10:31PM)
[quote]
On 2006-02-03 23:44, kOnO wrote:
Something must be wrong here, my mouse doesn't have ball's

just a little red light

I would have expected it to have ball's cause I bought it mail order

kOnO
[/quote]

... as in male order?

If there was a red light it might have been a pimp mouse. :)
Message: Posted by: Tom Stevens (Feb 7, 2006 05:57AM)
I almost bought 4 mouses for their balls, but used marbles instead.

I put aluminium foil around them to make them bigger, but then decided to wrap yarn around that and use craft glue over that.

Those are some very cheap balls.

A guy was selling a set of leather ones he'd made for $40 at the magic club! maybe in the future, but for now my marbles work quite well.