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Magnets and Marbles and Kapla Blocks

May 9th, 2016,

A domino builder decided to take on a "Rube Goldberg" type machine using marbles and magnets and Kapla blocks on a table. After 50 tries, he succeeded using some very clever magnet tricks.


Wintergatan Marble Machine Instrument Uses 2000 marbles

March 3rd, 2016,

This amazing mechnical musical instrument by a Swedish musician uses 2,000 "steelie" marbles which, technically, are ball bearings, but most Americans who grew up playing marbles would classify them as marbles.

I wonder whether this device was inspired by the Pipe Dream computer generated animation from ~8 years ago?


Marbles at Morphy Auctions, March 4-5, 2016

February 16th, 2016,

Limestone mables at Morphy AuctionsMany fantastic examples of early handmade marbles are coming up for auction March 4-5, 2016, from Morphy Auctions in Denver, PA. Their online catalog is up with excellent photos and descriptions.

Of particular note to me are the many rare pottery marbles, including mochaware, sponged stoneware, American coiled stonware, and painted yellowware. There is also a rare group of painted limestone marbles (pictured here).

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Marble Trivia

100 years ago the most expensive marble was the genuine agate, or 'realer'; it took the most labor to create and also made the best shooter due to its hardness, roundness and weight.