Notes on Brass, Color and Tarnish - Part Two

Notes on Brass, Color and Tarnish - Part Two

If you've had a Bruce Charles Design top that is getting plenty of spin time, you might have noticed a slight change in color. Don't worry, it is ok! As we shared in our earlier blog post, tarnish on metal is driven by oxygen in the air, oils from your skin, and any other chemicals that come into contact with the metal. But this tarnish isn't a problem! Some top spinners are #teampatina, while others prefer to restore the shine. We asked the members in our Bruce Charles Design Facebook group (are you a member yet?) for their best tricks for...

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Bruce Charles Designs Spinning Top Base and Glass Lens Now Available!

Bruce Charles Designs Spinning Top Base and Glass Lens Now Available!

So you have a Spinning Top… Perhaps it’s even a Bruce Charles Schulte Brass Metal Spinning top (or our bronze, aluminum or stainless steel spinning top)– but how do you get the BEST spins out of it? Introducing, the Bruce Charles Designs Spinning Top Base - Your Must-Have Addition to our Spinning Top EDC Collection! Our Precision-Machined Teak Top Spinning Base and Fused Silica Spinning Glass with Double Concave Lens is the best EDC Spin Top Base on the market. Created from hand-selected Teak wood, this base is made from the hardest, strongest, most durable of the hardwoods and designed to last! Got a small spinning top...

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Achieving Top Spin Times - Bruce Charles Designs Spinning Tops

Achieving Top Spin Times - Bruce Charles Designs Spinning Tops

Did you know that the length of spin time for your Bruce Charles Designs Schulte top greatly depends not on you the spinner, but on the surface you use? It's true! On a soft, wood tabletop, a spin of a minute or two is pretty good. But those times will not compare to times you can achieve on a good spinning surface! On a hard glass or ceramic surface, the following times are good guidelines when spinning any of our Schulte tops: Any beginner should be able to get more than 3 minutes with just a bit of practice.  Intermediate...

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Ball vs. Point...and We Aren't Talking About Pens

Ball vs. Point...and We Aren't Talking About Pens

"Why a ball and not a point, like my top had when I was a kid?" We hear this comment a lot about our tops. Because tops have existed since antiquity, they are a classic! Traditionally tops were constructed of wood, sometimes with an iron tip. They spun with the help of a string or rope coiled around the top's axis, which, when pulled quickly, caused a rapid unwinding that would set the top in motion.  But with all classic toys, developments and technology have shaped how they evolve. Today, many spinning tops are made from plastic or metal. And...

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