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Give a Bruce Charles Designs Spinning Top to Dad This Year for a Thoughtful Father's Day Present

Give a Bruce Charles Designs Spinning Top to Dad This Year for a Thoughtful Father's Day Present

Bruce Charles Designs is proud to unveil our second new spinning top available for purchase: the “Schulte Bronze Edition” spinning top. When Bill Strahan, the founder of Bruce Charles Designs, was learning to use the lathe, he made a list of projects to create as a sort of curriculum for his self-education. A solid brass top seemed ideal to gain experience with the material as well as with different types of turning, facing and knurling. And from this, the original "Schulte Brass Edition" was created. Named after a friend, we have retained the “Schulte” name for our tops while adding...

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Notes on Brass, Color and Tarnish - Part One

Notes on Brass, Color and Tarnish - Part One

Why does the color of the brass top change over time? The tarnish that develops on brass is a mild form of corrosion, driven by oxygen in the air, oils from your skin, and any other chemicals that come into contact with the brass that are corrosive. The tarnish is not a problem in any way, and it actually protects the rest of the brass from corrosion. Part Two of this blog post is coming soon, where we will discuss ways to remove the tarnish back to bare metal if you want to restore the shine. Why don’t you apply a...

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Bruce Charles Designs - April Newsletter

Bruce Charles Designs - April Newsletter

We've fully launched our new company, Bruce Charles Designs, and we want to fill you in on the latest happenings through a monthly newsletter! Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay in-the-know about new products and specials! OUR FIRST PRODUCTS ARE NOW SHIPPING! Bruce Charles Designs is proud to unveil our first two products for purchase: The "Schulte" brass spinning top and "The Captive Nut" brass keyring. The perfect gifts for Father's Day or a birthday, these elegant yet functional pieces of art are sure to please both friends and family! Both products are now available on our website and Amazon (with Prime shipping)! BUY...

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A Little Spin Time at Your Desk Goes a Long Way

A Little Spin Time at Your Desk Goes a Long Way

Researchers have explored how playing with fidget toys like the Bruce Charles Designs "Schulte" Brass Spinning Top or "The Captive Nut" Everyday Carry Keyring can help spur creativity in the workplace. Fiddling with desk toys like the Schulte might actually have a positive impact on cognitive functioning, improve focus and spark new ideas and faster learning. So while spinning the Captive Nut or Schulte might be viewed as “playtime” at school, researchers at New York University’s Polytechnic School of Engineering examined how that “playtime” can benefit employees on the job by helping focus, offering stress relief and jump-starting creative thinking....

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