Title:
Toy construction link for rubber band sculptures
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A toy construction link for rubber band sculptures comprises two looped rubber bands, one that is folded onto itself across its midsection, and a second used to bind the first in such a way that three coupling loops are formed out of the first looped rubber band. Said link may be coupled to similar links to form a virtually infinite variety of rubber band sculptures.



Inventors:
Read, Steven Matthew (Missoula, MT, US)
Application Number:
11/105744
Publication Date:
10/19/2006
Filing Date:
04/15/2005
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
446/490
International Classes:
A63H33/04
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Primary Examiner:
HYLINSKI, ALYSSA MARIE
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CHARLES L. READ (Palo Alto, CA, US)
Claims:
I claim

1. a toy construction link for rubber band sculptures; which link, being composed of rubber bands similar in size shape and elasticity to those commonly found in stores for office supplies, comprises two looped rubber bands, the first of which is folded onto itself across its midsection, and the second of which is used to bind the first looped rubber band across its folded length in such a way that three loops are formed, one loop near the midsection of the first looped rubber band where it is folded, and two loops at either end of the first looped rubber band that protrude from the folded section of the first looped rubber band where it is bound by the second looped rubber band; and which link, after being thus formed from looped rubber bands, manifestly retains the elastic character of its constituent rubber bands throughout its body.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

29/215,307 is an application for an ornamental design that is constructed, in part, from constituent links similar to the present invention.

STATEMENT OF FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT

Not Applicable.

REFERENCE TO SEQUENCE LISTING, TABLE, OR COMPUTER PROGRAM

Not Applicable.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Many toy and craft kits contain articles that are fit together to make something that is larger than its constituent pieces. Such kits inspire creativity, develop tactile skills, and encourage focused engagement. The present invention serves a similar purpose by providing a key component used in the construction of a variety of designs wholly made from common rubber bands.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The main object of the present invention is to provide a fundamental component used in the construction of a new class of toy sculptures wholly made from common rubber bands.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a front elevational view of the toy construction link for rubber band sculptures; the rear elevational view thereof is a mirror image of the front elevational view thereof;

FIG. 2 is a top plan view thereof;

FIG. 3 is a right side view thereof; the left side view thereof is a mirror image of the right side view thereof;

FIG. 4 is a bottom plan view thereof;

FIG. 5 is a front and top perspective view thereof; the rear and top perspective view thereof is a mirror image of the front and top perspective view thereof;

FIG. 6 is a front and bottom perspective view thereof; the rear and bottom perspective view thereof is a mirror image of the front and bottom perspective view thereof;

FIG. 7 is a rear and right side perspective view thereof; the rear and left side perspective view thereof is a mirror image of the rear and right side perspective view thereof;

FIG. 8 is a front and right side perspective view thereof; the front and left side perspective view thereof is a mirror image of the front and right side perspective view thereof.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Referring to FIG. 1, a preferred embodiment of a toy construction link for rubber band sculptures in the present invention comprises a thick rubber band 1 bound by a thin rubber band 2. Both rubber bands are commonly found at commercial stores that sell office supplies.

The toy construction link for rubber band sculptures is easily coupled to similar links by securing said links to loops 3, 4, and 5. A virtually infinite variety of rubber band sculptures may thus be constructed from said links.