Add a few ball bearings and you’ve got a gallery of mechanic’s art, sculptural objects that look like someone turned Picasso loose in a hardware store. You pick from the 7” long alligator made of chain and screws with a movable tail; the 5-1/2” x 3-1/2” tall bolts and screws scorpion; the chain and gear business card holder that belongs on the desk of anyone toting up the price of a transmission rebuild; and the 6” x 6” wingspan ball-bearing dragonfly. All in dark steel and all shellacked to prevent rust. Made in Vietnam.
Imagine a 4” x 3” x 3/4” thick hunk of black-backed clear acrylic with a hologram of the Starship Enterprise inside, against a background of an anonymous planet, not Earth, with a Star Trek…the Next Generation® logo just below it. Now go click on it, and we’ll beam it to you via USPS, warp-speed.
Everybody has pens and pencils, and now you mechanical types have your very own nut and bolt desk cup to hold them. In metallic silver polyresin, you pick the bolt at just under 4” x 3” with a 1-11/16" ID opening that’s 3-3/8" deep; or the stack of three nuts, 3-11/16" tall x 2-7/8" hex with a 1-1/2" ID opening that’s 3-3/16" deep.
Absolutely incredible device! The Mirage®, a precision optical
instrument, creates three-dimensional images of objects of your choice
where there is nothing. Drop pennies, keys or similar small objects
(your sister won't fit) into the 2-3/8" dia opening of this 9" dia x 3"
high flying-saucer-shaped disc, and a perfect image of the object will
appear floating above it. The image is so real friends will try to grasp
it, but their fingers will close on thin air! Use it as a high-tech
centerpiece with a flower as the object! A booklet (included) explains
the magic. New coating provides protection for the mirror surfaces.
Highly recommended. Made in the USA.
Another oldie but goodie. 5" high evacuated clear glass bulb mounted in a black stand, 3" in diameter at the top. A four bladed vane is balanced on a needle inside the sphere. Because opposite surfaces of the vanes are black and white, incident radiant energy is absorbed or reflected to a different degree. The result is a spinning vane. The brighter the light, the faster it spins. Simple, but compelling. Brief explanatory instruction sheet included.
You're buying the drinks and this wacky, yet debonair, bird with a top hat and plastic base (7" tall OA) can't get his fill of water. Get him started, and he dips his beak into your glass repeatedly. How? Fluid inside his glass body condenses from the evaporative cooling of the water off the bird's beak, making it top heavy and dunking it back into the water. The condensate rejoins the liquid pool in the bird's bulb, and he tips up again. Process continues indefinitely. It works, but it's not any more than moderately well made, and not any more than moderately priced. WARNING! The fluid and dye inside the bird can permanently stain, and the bird's glass body can easily be broken. Children are fascinated by the bobbing bird, and the educational possibilities are great. But they should watch him, not fondle him!! Manufacturer warning states this item is not intended for children 8 and under.
Go beyond the standard desktop distractions with these extra cool devices and make your co-workers jealous in the process. This twofer will score you a radiometer and a self-sculpting sand duner. The radio meter is a 5” high evacuated clear glass bulb (on a base) with a four-bladed vane inside that spins at different speeds depending on how much light it detects. The sand duner is a 7” x 5” frame that holds various colors of sand inside and never stops moving--a constant creator of artistic, mesmerizing sand dunes. You’ll never be more relaxed or inspired at work.
These blue or orange resin tchotchkes are clearly inspired by Jeff Koons’ balloon dog, but in a floral pattern we’ve never seen before. Cute, anyway, and 6-1/2” tall x 5-1/4” long with felt pads on its feet, unlike real dogs, so it won’t scratch your credenza. Go compare this to web prices, and we’re the bargain king of the resin puppy universe.
Actually a lesser slick, a racing tire with a Goodyear logo on it. Measures 3-3/4 dia x 1-11/16" in black (treadless) rubber with a 2” dia black plastic hub with a cap on one side so you can hide stuff in it. (Hey, what you hide is up to you.)
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