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Hey everyone,

I was just looking through the forum and realized that I need to post a followup with my completed break away spoon.

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On 2011-11-05 15:08, gimpy2 wrote:
I have a piece of plastic rod 1/2" thick with an 1/8" hole. I bought it when I was building a prop that needed a bunch of 2" pieces like you need for the spoon. Made a ton of them out of dowel rod with a jig and drill press like Michael said. Then I found this material. I think they sell it to make plastic bushings it comes in all sizes but the shortest length they sell 5'. It is very cheap stuff I would be happy to send you a piece just send me a PM with your adress. I would think it would be easy to add the end of the spoon to one of the 2" pieces. Then paint eveything to match.


I used the plastic rod that Gimpy2 sent me. It worked very well.

Here are photos of the finished spoon.

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I did decide to make the cupped end and the protrusions. I know I did this in a way that was much harder than it needed to be but it worked.

First I made a jig that would hold the plastic rod for the drill press. Remember, the plastic rods already have a hole. I just drilled a larger hole about a half an inch into the plastic.

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Here's the part that was too complicated because of my lack of tools; to get the protrusion I mounted the rod into the drill press chuck with about a half inch of the rod sticking out of the chuck. I used a strip of sandpaper to sand the rod down. I had a Hole Gauge and kept checking the size until it was right. It was a long and labor intensive process. I'm sure there are better ways to do it.

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I purchased a plastic spoon from WalMart with a handle that had the same diameter as the plastic rods. I cut the bowl part off and glued that to one of the links.

I strung it together with fishing line (not the plastic monofilament type but the stuff that is like Kevlar). I glued the fishing line in the end with the spoon bowl and used a clear button on the handle end of the spoon.

Important note if you make one; the spoon's bowl is heavier than a break away wand's end so you need more area to hold the spoon rigid. I have a piece that is long enough to go in my hand so I can just use my fingers to hold the spoon rigid.

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While I was making the break away spoon I made another type of spoon. This way I can bring it out after the break away spoon. Sort of like using a break away wand then a pop wand or something like that.

I made a wooden spoon that can come apart as I hand it to the kid.

Here's what it looks like:

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I can wave it around and then when I hand it to the child I keep one end and they have one end in their hand.

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I simply glued two powerful "button" magnets into the end.

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A couple of things to watch out for here.

Of course I first glued the magnets in so they repelled. Murphy's Law anyone.

But another problem I had was getting the magnets to stay glued. Finally I used fiberglass resin, which did not hold. But the coating inside the drilled area made a surface that superglue worked well with.

I'd really advise making the magnet spoon as a fun follow up to the break away spoon.

I then give the child a real plastic spoon and go into a pizza oven routine.



BONUS:

I use this for a "Magic Pizza Oven" routine. I went to a restaurant supply store and got an extra small chef's smock and chef's hat.

Roll up the sleeves of the smock and put it on the child. I ask them what else a chef needs and they always say a chef's hat. I have a chef's hat that adjusts with Velcro so the first time I put it on the kid's head I don't have the Velcro sized so the hat covers their whole head. That gets a laugh.

Before I put the chef costume on the kid I tell moms and dads to get their cameras ready because we have a "photo op" coming up.

I find that when moms and dads have a good time and get lots of pictures it's more...it's more...MONEY! Smile

I also tell them we need to clean our hands. I have a cup towel folded up and wipe my hands. Then I wipe the child's hands and say, "Your hands were so dirty!"

I unfold the towel and it looks like this:

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I made this with black fabric paint. I used my eight year old son to do the prints. I think I may be raising a perfectionist geek (like I am) because he said, "But they will see that all of the prints are right hands."



Anyway, thank you for all the advice and all the help. A VERY BIG thank you to "gimpy2" for sending the plastic rods.
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On 2011-11-06 18:24, Stanyon wrote:
Does the spoon have to be wood. If not you could probably adapt a plastic mixing spoon bowl to a break-away magic wand.



Bingo.

Reverse-engineering it will save 90% of the work.
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Joining this thread a little late; apologies... Stocks will probably be running quite low but Practical Magic in the UK sell an exclusive Breakaway Wooden Spoon which is well made. They are quite a fiddle to make - if you want it fast and easy, take a look here: http://www.practical-magic.com/index.php......temid=26
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On 2012-08-10 11:43, Deej1 wrote:
Joining this thread a little late; apologies... Stocks will probably be running quite low but Practical Magic in the UK sell an exclusive Breakaway Wooden Spoon which is well made. They are quite a fiddle to make - if you want it fast and easy, take a look here: http://www.practical-magic.com/index.php......temid=26


$27.50 is a little heavy a price for the American Dollar right now. Then add postage, and it really gets expensive fpr a wooden spoon. I sure the British members of the Café would be intested though.
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Yes, postage is a killer!

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