Monday, January 10, 2011

Many Hyperbolic bolas


This is Chelsey. She is wearing one of my bolas on her head.
That's not what it's for!
But it turns out that it might not work for what it is for anyways.

Me and my friend Alice went out and tried throwing two of my new bolases around. (the one that I posted last post is still in my room)
It was fun. I took out some branches, feared I would throw it into traffic, and generally got them all tangled up in branches.

Now the effect that I was going for was to wrap around a branch, much in the way a bolas swings around someones legs.
These pictures are of the two different bolases I have made (in addition to the one I showed last post)

(I like this one. It wrapped sorta good)
But whether it's because of the yarn or the rocks being to light, it didn't quite throw the way I had hoped. I couldn't quite get the momentum I needed, or the control.
Practice makes perfect. I will make more and see what happens. Either way, they are fun to make.

P.s. Here is my friend Emily trying to use my awesome Sword umbrella to see if you could knock out the first toss (which went wild and ended up as such) of my bolas I made. Seems like you can't XD


  1. do you think it would make a difference if it was a tennis ball rather then a rock?

  2. Alice suggested that I use a ping pong ball. Which she then suggested I fill full of sand, and rig it so the sand will slowly drain away.
    I then said that this was overly complicated XD
    I like this suggestion though! Tennis balls! or Tennis Bolas as it were XD
    So other suggestions have been golf balls, and those stress balls.
    And yes, I think that tennis balls would really make a difference. Size wise, they might just fly and wrap better than the small rocks. And larger rocks are too heavy.
    Thanks so much for the suggestion!

  3. the whole ping pong ball sand thing made me laugh :P