Make your own Ballpoint Penball miniature game

Over at MAKE:, Bob Knetzger shows how to build your own miniature bagatelle with a clicking ballpoint pen providing the parts for the ball launcher.

They’re ubiquitous: those clicking ballpoint pens. Find them at the bank, the doctor’s office, or almost any place where forms and signatures are needed. Go grab a freebie pen and make this fun bagatelle: the Ballpoint Penball game! For the ball launcher, use the ink cartridge as the plunger, the button as the tip, and the compression spring for the launching force.

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