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Re: model bell

Shades of Liss...  If we do the flat bell, at a minimum, I suggest
making the bell portion of sheet brass, mostly for apperances sake. 
For a 3d bell, a flowerpot wouldn't be that evil, but I bet we could
find a small metal bell without too much anguish.  With a reasonable
clapper, and some actual ball bearings from a skateboard, or vacuum
cleaner, we might even get it to be ringable.

The problem with trying to acutally ring most model bells, is the
bearings.  (that demo bell looks like it just has wood rubbing on a
bolt sticking thru it for example).

I do think any model should include a stay and slider, it really helps
explain how the bells function when actually rung. They aren't a huge
probem to add.

On 6/6/05, Laura Dickerson <lauradi erols com> wrote:
>    The new education/docent coordinator/outreach person at Old North
> (I've forgotten her name and title) would like us to have some sort of
> model bell that the docents leading the behind-the-scenes tours can use
> as part of the demonstration.  Kerry suggested the one  offered for sale
> at Pam Copson's site:
> http://www.copson.btinternet.co.uk/number_one_bell.html
>    I have been trying out (clinking my ring against) the various flower
> pots at the Salem Street Ace Hardware and am intrigued at the idea of
> trying to make a little bell on a wheel. I suppose it would hang down in
> front of the bookshelf.  We'd have to move the wood block out of the
> way, and (more difficult) make the mechanism.  I am planning to email
> David Town, who makes small wheels, to get his advice. Remember that
> mini-rings don't necessarily have sliders and stays. This would make it
> easier to design but less accurate for showing the tourists what we do.
>   Any ideas?
> Laura Dickerson
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