In this picture on the bottom you can see another angle of the two supports with a ruler placed at the bottom edge that will be glued down to something most likely wood so it can be moved as a completed assembly after finishing.
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Starting from the top left of the board you will see the glue that I am using. I’m diluting it to 50% of its consistency so it runs into the tiny interspaces of the noodle joints. This works out good but not perfect. If you are not careful it will run onto the paper printout that is used for a template. Then comes the box of spaghetti. Keep in mind that this is a very thin type of pasta and it can be considered to be an extra level of difficulty. This could be good practice for surgeons. Next we come to the two pill containers. Great news here. The glue does not make a mess inside of it by coating the inside. For some reason the glue due to cohesion or adhesion drains back nicely even after a rough shaking of the contents to keep it mixed well with the water. The second bottle contains those small leftover pieces that can be used somewhere I’m sure. The round black magnets add weight to hold down parts that are springy. They also are easily added to and don’t slip off of each other. Only problem I had with them is that you have to get the polarities right or you will push the one off that is there already and cause a compound fracture of a part. Luckily the parts are cheap and easily procured. The tape is used to hold parts down to the paper template so you can get things glued together. Since this building material is very light in Mass, it doesn’t take much to move it away with another part you are bringing into the assembly. Afterwards, the box cutter (which could be substituted for something else in the schools is used for cutting the tape and peeling it off from holding down the part. You could also not even use the box cutter by using the tooth picks to pull up the tape so you can get an edge to pull it back off of the part. Toothpicks are also used for the preferred gluing choice. Small droplets that do not fall off from the tip when you are holding it up vertical seem to be the idea amount. In the paper plate are my wet paper towels to rid the fingers of glue
and wipe up any mishaps. They also keep the toothpick points clean from any residue of glue. Keeping the fingers cleaned of glue is very important in this because these pieces are like magnets to anything that will glue them together including fingers and perspiration. I found one small piece on my eyeglasses after I adjusted them. I looked for quite awhile and never found it until I took a break. You get the idea. I tried a scissor to cut the spaghetti and although it did work okay it was awkward to use a normal pair to do this with. This small pair of toenail clippers works very well for this project. The only problem I found with the cutting of the spaghetti is that the piece you cut usually goes flying across the floor if you don’t stop it by using the wet paper towels to stop it. Like a backstop. I tried a shear cut method using the box cutter but it creates more of a problem then it solved. Plus these things should not be used by students. I’ve had to keep students in mind at all times during this creation and it is all about them anyway. Now we move over clockwise to the emery board used by women mostly to do their fingernails. By the way, fingernails can be very useful in doing this adding to the dexterity to pick these parts up from a flat surface area. Girls might have a decided advantage with them. I keep mine short so I can type which works out fine for me, but not for this act. Oh yes, the emery board is used to sand down a part that might be a millimeter or so too big. Just rubbing it on the medium rough surface can quickly shorten the part. No biting off the extra is allowed. This emery board was donated by my Umbrella Cockatoo who does not like it at all. She doesn’t even want it back. It also pays to have a very smooth flat surface to work on. Any deformation of the surface (my plywood work surface has a small curve in the side I am working with) can be detrimental to producing continuity of parts that are meant to be alike. I don’t think I missed anything but you know how to get in touch with me to ask. One last point. Enjoyable music playing in the background lends a more pleasurable assembly of these parts. Angel hair spaghetti is even thinner than this. I would not advise it unless your mental health insurance is paid up. I purposely picked this size figuring that larger sizes would be even easier. I know I am right about that without even using it. Bigger is easier but smaller is more impressive. Enjoy. One more picture down below this one.
Just another angle to view my folding table that is set up in our computer lab where this project is taking place.
Well that’s all Folks. Have I given any ideas to you? I hope so. Please get this to anyone that is doing these jobs in the schools or even arts and crafts departments. Believe it or not the Supermarkets carry all of the supplied you need. That was one of the parameters for doing this feasibility study. Materials had to be easily obtained from supermarkets. I’ll keep you posted on the finishing of this project just as soon as my wife lets me back into our house. Enjoy the 4th of July. Bye.
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