How to Start a Rubber Band Ball

December 2, 2023
David Sunnyside

A rubber band ball is a physics phenomenon that involves wrapping many individual rubber bands around a core to make a sphere. They are not only a cool way to waste time, but have been used for everything from making bouncy toys to constructing miniature motors that power small experiments. Here are some tips on how to start your own.

The first step in making a rubber band ball is to find the right kind of rubber band. You want a thick one that will hold together and provide a good base to build on. Then fold it in half (or more, if necessary) and pinch it flat. Next, take a thinner rubber band and wrap it around the thick one. Keep doing this with all the smaller rubber bands until you have a thick layer that will support your ball.

If you are not careful, the layers of rubber bands can become lumpy and break apart. If this happens, you can still make a rubber band ball, but it will be much more difficult to shape. For this reason, you should always use a rubber band that is thick enough to hold together, and be sure to use as many thin rubber bands as possible in order to create a large layer.

If you'd like to try your hand at a rubber band ball, Pen + Gear has a great product that comes with a bunch of different colors already assembled. It's also a great way to organize all of your rubber bands without them rolling off your desk or collecting dirt in your junk drawer.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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