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A rubber band ball has many uses, and what you need it for might be different from another. However, having one on hand for practical reasons or for practicing a hobby is helpful.
Many wonder how to start a rubber band ball so that they can continue to grow it. It may seem difficult, but it really isn’t anything complex!
Let’s have a look at how you can start a rubber band ball in this blog.
What is the Purpose of a Rubber Band Ball?
There are many reasons that you may have a rubber band ball or want to make one. From practical uses to hobbies, rubber bands are extremely useful and very fun.
Here is a list of purposes for a rubber band ball:
- Store your rubber bands in one easy place
- Make the largest rubber band ball
- Make rubber band sculptures
- Have a cool bouncy ball to play with
- Use the rubber band ball as a fidget toy
- Take up the hobby of creating rubber band balls
With so many ways to enjoy using rubber bands, it’s good to have them on hand so that you can make a rubber band ball whenever you want.
How to Start a Rubber Band Ball Easily
Starting a rubber band ball is quite simple as we mentioned earlier. However, there are two methods of starting your rubber band ball: the real way, and the even easier way.
It matters to know which one that you’ll go with as it will also heavily depend on the purpose of your rubber band ball.
The Easy Way
The easy way of starting up a rubber band ball is finding yourself an object to create a solid middle. The center of your ball serves as a base for you to continue to craft it and make it larger.
It can be made of anything round when using this method of starting a rubber band ball. Here are some great ideas of objects that you can use as a centerpiece:
- Bouncy ball
- Ping Pong ball
- Crumpled paper
- Crumpled Tin Foil
While some of these objects are a bit unconventional for starting a rubber band ball, they can all serve as a great base. This makes your start very easy and fast.
The Real Way
The real way of making a rubber band ball consists of nothing more than rubber bands. The center is entirely made of rubber bands, making it a real rubber band ball. You would need to use this method to create a world record-winning rubber band ball.
Here is the way you would start a real rubber band ball:
1. Start with a thick rubber band.
Ideally, you want to find one that you can fold enough to create a solid base. A skinny rubber band isn’t going to do in this case as there’s not much mass to build around once you manage to fold it.
Try a larger rubber band such as these:
2. Fold the rubber band
With a sturdy and thick rubber band, you want to start folding it in half. You’re going to end up with a solid and thick base that will serve as the core of your rubber band ball.
3. Start applying more rubber bands
With your centerpiece prepared, you’re now going to take more rubber bands and wrap them around. Keep doing this and you’ll start to see the ball shape forming around the core of your rubber band ball. Be sure to wrap the rubber bands in different ways around the core. This will ensure that you’re creating more of a spherical effect which is what you’re looking to do.
Here are a few bands of various shapes and sizes to consider:
How to Grow a Rubber Band Ball
With the rubber band ball started, now you’ll need to keep growing the ball. This is even easier than starting!
All you need are more rubber bands, but you’ll want to keep in mind that as your ball grows bigger, you’ll need to account for it with your rubber bands.
Luckily, they come in many different shapes and sizes, so you can be prepared for the growth of your rubber band ball with many different rubber bands on hand. You can move up and down in shape and size as needed.
What is the World’s Largest Rubber Band Ball?
On November 13, 2008, Joel Waul became the world record holder for the largest rubber band ball. It weighed more than 9 thousand pounds and took him 4 years to create. If you’re looking to beat him at his record, you’ll want to be prepared to have more than 700 thousand rubber bands on hand.
Joel called his amazing creation, “Megaton” which is a fitting name for this massive rubber band ball!
Do Rubber Band Balls Bounce?
Yes, rubber band balls can bounce! However, you’ll have to keep in mind a few things before bouncing them.
Small rubber band balls can bounce easily and provides lots of fun, but as they get bigger, they also get heavier. You’ll want to account for this if you plan on bouncing a large rubber band ball.
Now You Know How to Start a Rubber Band Ball
With everything you need to start a rubber band ball, all that’s left to do is make it. Be sure to let us know if you plan to go for that coveted world record of creating the largest rubber band ball.
If you plan to do it, be sure to document all parts of your progress.
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