I wanted to show a little something I have been doing besides playing guitar and watching How To videos on YouTube.
Since I have the time to do some stuff I don’t often do I chose to show a baby rattle. With the Great Melt of family Sterling going on I wanted to find a way to save these old family treasures. At least as far as the patterns are concerned. This rattle is made from two Tea Spoons.
- The bowls of the spoons create the top and bottom of the rattle vessel.
- The two handles create the handle it self.
- And the scrap from the bowls is just enough to roll out the rib/side of the vessel.
- The spoon bowls and rib are rolled quite thin, 24 gauge, and could be thinner
The vessels are 1" - 1 1/4" in diameter, depending on the size of the originals.
They could be smaller depend on your design idea.
- When I assemble the rattle there is a very small hole in the bottom of the vessel
used as a vent to allow for soldering the bowl vessel together with out fear of it
exploding. And that hole is used to add pieces of 1/2" x 10 gauge round wire
scrap for the noise makers.
- The handle, when soldered on is done in a way to obscure enough of the hole to
keep the noise makers from escaping.
- I have assembled yhese several ways. The last few I have built the vessel first
and then attached the handle.
For all the fun I have had developing this item I don’t believe these guys are financially a very practical item to carry. I have gifted family and friends as many as I have sold. But for me they dazzle judges at shows and for every one I have sold enough interest was developed for other products. And I like to think I has saved a bit of an old tradition that I would not like to see go away.