Does anyone else have any ideas?
Well, Craig, I guess nobody had the heart to tell you that you just
pick 'em up by their feet and shake 'em…;<}
Never made a baby rattle before - maybe I’ll do that sometime… My
thoughts, though… There are two main issues that are paramount
(always constraints, eh?) #1 is that it is for a baby, unless it’s
not a rattle at all, but a showcase filler. That means that I’d
probably shoot for 1/2 ounce total weight, and certainly under 1
ounce - featherweight but not flimsy. #2 is that it has to rattle,
which also means thin in the ball end. Thick metal won’t rattle, it
will go “chunk” and have no volume.
So, for the ball you’re probably looking at 24 if not 26 gauge. 22
is probably too heavy, but it might be ok. Stamping metal before
doming it is only ok if you don’t mind having distorted stamping,
because it is certain. Stamping after is do-able but difficult. This
is the spot for that other thread - engraving. But that’s just
decoration. I’d do the doming, solder a few bits of wire inside the
edge of one so the other will key into place, punch a hole in the
top of one of them, and solder them together. Then I’d fill with the
beads and put the handle over the hole I made.
A two inch long handle that is cast or PMC will weigh a ton, and no
baby will handle it and the inertia could even be dangerous. This is
a creature you can hold up in one hand, not a 3 year old.
Traditional silver rattles that I’ve seen have had traditional
stamped handles, like table knives have, made out of very thin
sheet, like table knives.
In the situation of not really knowing what you are doing (it seems,
and we all do that) and trying to do good without wasting 100
hours… I might shoot for a wooden handle trimmed with silver, if
the customers are amenable to that. Or something made out of stout
wire, either flat or 3d that is child safe in every way. Just a loop
of silver in the shape would do the trick - some baby spoons are
like that. Then I’d put a plate over the hole in the ball I made and
solder to that, or put a threaded rod on the plate to mount a wooden
Something like that…
After I wrote above, I Googled “silver baby rattle” (web and
images)— 32 grams for one, one common handle is a large silver
ring. Notice too how there’s a rim over the seam of the balls to
clean it up. Another option I found was 3 large silver rings so two
rattle when one is shaken - a much less ambitious and attainable
I might just have to make one of those sometime…