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Clocks are very fun to create. I was asked by my dad, Ed, many years ago to make him and mom a clock. I said, “Sure, I can make you a clock” although I had never made one before. I created a little square that was my font sizer. I made each number to fit inside the square so each number would be the same size. 5-1’s, 2-2’s, a zero, and 3 thru 9 make up the clock numbers. Create a circle in the middle that holds the clock works and Presto! a clock face. Once I built him this clock, I decided to add it to several of my projects because they add a nice effect to the RBS itself – Something more to look at when the RBS is not in motion.

These Clock Towers were really cool to create. This one was one of the first ones I created with a wrap-around loop d’ loop. I’m trying to keep the RBS as small as possible… and loop d’ loops by far take up the most space on an RBS. I remember taking quite a bit of time on this one bending and shaping the loops to get them to start on one side of the frame and then wrap around the front. It took some time to get it to go just the way it needed to fit inside the dimensions I was aiming for.

So much good stuff on this one. There are 7 inversions on the loop d’ loops, and the ball exits into a “balls on track” element, right in the front. The other fast track on this RBS is the tall vertical zig-zag. Lots of great track that I kept from in front of the clock. There’s a tipping arm, some horizontal zig-zag track, a couple small dips – and lots and lots of twisty, curvy tracks.

100% stainless steel, TIG welded.

Rolling ball sculpture AKA:
Marble machine. Ball Run. Ball Roller coaster. Ball machine. Marble roller coaster. Rolling ball machine. Rolling ball structure. Marble run art. Kinetic marble sculpture. Custom marble run.


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