Abstract: A multiple stone setting (20) includes a first, second and third stone (21, 22, 23) each set on respective plane surfaces (31, 32, 33) of a base (35) such that the second (22) stone is positioned perpendicular to the first stone (21) and such that the third stone (23) is positioned perpendicular to the first stone (21) and to the second stone (22), each stone (21, 22, 23) displaying a different color. As the viewing angle of an observer changes, each of the colors changes to a different color. A two-color changing multiple stone setting (70) is also disclosed. By providing multiple stone settings (20) and (70) three- and two-color changing surfaces may be created, respectively, that acquire an autonomous entity with changing viewing angles. Stone settings (20) and (70) may be useful to create articles of jewelry as well as to enhance objects and designs of various natures.
Abstract: A method for creating a condensation image on a piece of jewelry using chemical patterning techniques which create covalently attached (or other strong chemical bond), ultrathin (less than 10 nm), hydrophobic/hydrophilic monolayer patterns on a surface. These techniques allow the deposition of ultrathin films (e.g. less than 10 nanometers thick) which are invisible to the naked eye making the patterns only visible when condensation has formed at the surface.
Abstract: A flag or a flag image includes at least one sports logo in the union portion of an American flag or an American flag image without the conventional stars in the union portion. The flag image may be located on any article of manufacture. In some embodiments, fifty copies of the same sports logo replace the fifty stars. In other embodiments, a single copy of the sports logo appears in the union portion. In some embodiments, the sports logo is a sports team logo. In some embodiments, one or more colors associated with the sports team represented by the sports team logo replace one or more of the red, white, and blue colors of a conventional American flag.
Abstract: An assembly for symbolically indicating a person's desire or wish will be granted, and methods of using the assembly. A symbolic device in the shape of a wishbone, limited to having only first and second bodies. Each of the first and second bodies have first and second ends. The first ends of the first and second bodies are releasably coupled at a union of the first ends of the first and second bodies. The symbolic device is open between the second ends of the first and second bodies when the first ends of the first and second bodies are releasably coupled at the union of the first ends of the first and second bodies. The method for symbolically indicating a person's desire or wish will be granted comprises providing the assembly and separating the releasably coupled first ends of the first and second bodies of the symbolic device.
Abstract: A finial assembly which includes a member (1) which is for providing ornamental and/or decorative effect and which is retained threaded on a pole or rod (3) in abutment with a cap (6) that is secured to the rod (3) covering the rod-end (5). A ring (4), threaded on the rod (3), is secured to the rod (3) in abutment with the member (1) to clamp the member (1) between the ring (4) and the cap (6). Finial assemblies which each involve more than one ornamental-decorative member (21-23) clamped between an end-cap (26) and retaining ring (25), may be provided at either end of a curtain rod (24). Variation of finial-effect can be simply achieved by changing the ornamental-decorative members (21-23, 27), or their order, on the rod (24).
Abstract: This invention relates to a series of organic/inorganic hybrid polymers that are easy to fabricate into dimensionally stable films with good ion-conductivity over a wide range of temperatures for use in a variety of applications. The polymers are prepared by the reaction of amines, preferably diamines and mixtures thereof with monoamines with epoxy-functionalized alkoxysilanes. The products of the reaction are polymerized by hydrolysis of the alkoxysilane groups to produce an organic-containing silica network. Suitable functionality introduced into the amine and alkoxysilane groups produce solid polymeric membranes which conduct ions for use in fuel cells, high-performance solid state batteries, chemical sensors, electrochemical capacitors, electro-chromic windows or displays, analog memory devices and the like.
August 26, 2004
Date of Patent:
April 27, 2010
The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Abstract: The decorative upholstery tack provides a decorative or ornamental element installed upon or within the recessed head of the upholstery tack. The various decorative or ornamental elements serve to complement the finished appearance of an upholstered structure (e.g., chair, sofa, etc.) while simultaneously concealing the otherwise bare and unadorned head of the upholstery tack used to secure the upholstery to the underlying structure. The decorative or ornamental element may be permanently attached to the tack or removably and interchangeably attached to the tack, depending upon the specific mechanism and embodiment used.
Abstract: A simple chemical technique has been developed to grow large quantity of carbon nanostructures, including carbon nanotubes, hydrocarbon nanotubes and carbon nanoonions, in the organic solution at ambient (room) temperature and atmospheric pressure using silicon nanostructures (nanowires, nanodots, ribbons, and porous silicon) as starting materials. These CNT and CNO have the lattice d-spacing from 3.4 ? to 5 ?.
Abstract: A three-dimensional, hanging decoration comprised of a connecting portion and at least one spiraling portion. The device transformed from a flat, lightweight sheet of flexible material (for easy shipping, storage and sale) into a three-dimensional, fanciful, eye-catching and air-current movable party decoration. The visual look and feel of the hanging decoration is that of a spent, thrown or unwound serpentine or party streamer. The three-dimensional hanging decoration may be provided with decorative ornaments which hang downwardly from various points along the connecting portion and/or the spiraling portion. When laid on a flat surface (for shipping and storage), the three-dimensional hanging decoration consumes a minimum of space in that it rests substantially flat.
Abstract: A prize medallion structure, the structure consisting of a base having a minimum of one setting recess with a figured object of a matching profile nested in the setting recess. The figured object and the setting recess each have an interlocking coupling component and, furthermore, the respective mating surfaces of the figured object and the setting recess are irregular but superimpossable. During utilization, the figured object is endowed with different colors by electroplating, while the interlocking of the coupling components of the setting recess and the figured object as well as the frictional contact between their irregular mating surfaces keep the figured object mounted on the base. As such, the invention herein is not limited to a single color as is the case with prior art prize medals, but enables greater variation by increasing the possible range of different color combinations.
Abstract: The present invention provides a method and device for preventing the formation of deposits in a drainage system (100). The device (10) includes a container (12, 212), connected by a flexible cord (20) to a stopper (22). An antimicrobial composition (24) is placed in the container and the container is inserted into a drain opening (102). The container moves to the bottom of the trap (106) of the drainage system. The container is preferably located at least partially beneath the water or drainage fluid (110) in the bottom of the trap. The cord and stopper prevent the container from moving beyond the trap. The cord and stopper allow for removal of the container from the drainage system, once the composition has been fully dispensed.
January 28, 2003
Date of Patent:
January 13, 2004
Osprey Biotechnics, Inc.
Vincent Scuilla, Peter A. Vandenbergh, David E. Glendening, Perry T. Patterson
Abstract: A spatial decorative device includes one or two base plates for securing together, or for attaching onto various kinds of objects, and each having one or more kinds of patterns applied on one or both surfaces. One or two cover panels may be secured onto the base plates and each may include one or more further patterns arranged corresponding to the patterns of the base plates for forming different patterns when viewing from different angles. The patterns may be dots, lines, star-shaped members, wavy lines, dotted lines, etc. The cover panel includes a reflective wavy outer surface.
Abstract: A three-dimensional hanging ornament transformed from a flexible sheet printed with various patterns, which includes a body portion and at least one ornamental portion. At least one multiple connecting strip is connected with the body portion at a lower end thereof and connected with the ornamental portion at an upper end thereof. A perforated line is defined around outer edges of the body portion, the ornamental portion and the connecting strip, whereby the ornamental portion and the connecting strip, or the ornamental portion, the connecting strip and the body portion can be separated either partly or wholly from the sheet. When the hanging ornament is hung in various statuses, the ornamental portion is suspended and streamed in the air, in such a way the sheet with patterns is transformed into a three-dimensional hanging ornament.
Abstract: A show pom provided with a first set of streamers extending from the two ends of a baton handle and a second set of retractable streamers that retract within the ends of the hollow baton handle. The second set of streamers are usually constructed of a different color than the first set of streamers and are retracted into the baton handle so that the second set of streamers are not visible until they are deployed by spring action out the two ends of the baton handle by depressing a trigger pin provided on the baton handle.
Abstract: A collapsible Christmas tree designed to be suspended in mid-aid from overhead. The tree comprises a central rope threaded through alternating sections of hollow rigid trunk sections and individual or grouped cross members having centered holes. Cross members have a decreasing length and girth as seen from the bottom of the tree to the top. Each cross member is rotated about the rope to resemble the branches of the Christmas tree.
Abstract: The improved ornamental pendant structure comprises at least some ornamental pieces in an annular housing; wherein, the ornamental pieces are each provided on the periphery thereof with a curved end portion. The housing has on two sides thereof a stop portion and an holding tight portion respectively to receive therebetween the ornamental pieces with a decoration surface thereof revealed but changeable. By pressing rear ones of the ornamental pieces in the housing to push forward the front ones of the pieces to have the latter gotten off the housing, the rear ornamental pieces can all appear their decoration surfaces one by one as a decoration surface of the ornamental pendent. The structure thereby can have a brand-new function of changing its decoration surface; the front ornamental pieces can be stored for use afterwards when they are once more assembled behind the rear ornamental pieces.
Abstract: A table lamp suitable for displaying a base-mounted finial has an adapter plate for supporting both a finial assembly and a pipe and wiring assembly using a single hole in the base. The adapter plate enables the pipe to be mounted outside the base perimeter while the hole is used for a finial assembly. The visual benefits of finials may thereby be extended to table lamp bases without defacing or modifying the visible surface of the base.
Abstract: A first embodiment is an indoor lighting assembly which includes a base member supporting an upright tube long extension engaged into the base member with the extension terminating in an extension in a tube top assembly. The tube top assembly would further comprise a plurality of switches, and would support an upright, fluorescent tube light. There would further be provided a vented pedestal member supported by the tube top, and resting thereupon. The vented pedestal further defining a cone shaped support member with the top of the cone terminating for supporting a finial base and a finial cup thereupon. The tube long extension and tube top members further include a plurality of rechargeable batteries therein. The rechargeable batteries serving as a source of power to the fluorescent tube light, and operable via the switches positioned on the tube top.
Abstract: A multiple component tassel assembly includes a cord component that engages and hangs from a conventional supporting article. There is a head component having a decorative configuration and a tassel component, which includes a support member and a plurality of tassel strands that are suspended from the support member. The cord and the support member are releasably attached to the head component such that the head component depends from the cord component and the tassel component depends from the head component when the cord component is hung from a conventional supporting article.
Abstract: A finial-adaptive pull chain has a bead chain disposed between an adaptor and a spring assembly. The adaptor retains the terminal bead of the bead chain, has external threads on the lower portion for receiving a finial and has a gripping surface on the upper portion to facilitate hand-manipulation during attachment. The upper portion has a diameter no greater than the lower portion so that the adaptor is substantially hidden from view when a finial is fully attached and does not unduly interfering with the decorative requirements of any end-user. The spring assembly has a spring for absorbing dynamic tensile forces applied during activation and deactivation to reduce the risk that the end-user will damage the electrical components of the associated device.
Abstract: A night light adaptor has threads for interchangeably receiving decorative finials and a plate mount for shielding a night light bulb from view and interchangeably receiving different artistic displays. The adaptor extends the aesthetic benefits of finials and surface-mountable materials into a night light environment.
Abstract: A replacement shift knob assembly for use on a truck transmission. Many truck transmissions have shift knob assemblies that contain a removable knob element with a specific bottom configuration and at least one manual switch that relies upon the specific bottom configuration of the knob element to function. The present invention replacement shift knob assembly includes a knob element made from an aesthetically pleasing material such as wood, stone, ceramic of the like. A base plate is attached to the bottom of the knob element. The base plate has a first side and an opposite second side, wherein the second side of the base plate is configured to generally physically mimic the specific bottom configuration of the original shift knob being replaced. The base plate is made from a material that differs from the replacement knob element in order to provide the base plate with greater material strength and wear resistance.
Abstract: A process of making replicas of old, time-worn majolica tiles which look and feel like the replicated works. The process includes the steps of: (a) photographing the original work; (b) printing the photograph to obtain a trial print; (c) comparing the original work with the trial print; (d) making chromatic corrections to the trial print to enhance the faithfulness of replication (d') optionally reprinting the corrected print to obtain a second final print; (3) adhesively applying the final print onto a suitable packed support; and (f) finishing the edges of the packed support with a dye composition distressing the surface of the final print, both for enhancing the faithfulness of replication of the original work in the copy thus provided.
Abstract: A hollow single die, of a pair of dice for carrying an object and having a ring attached to one corner, to which ring is connected, one end of a flexible carrying chain, the other end of the chain being attached to a key carrying ring.
Abstract: A large diameter curtain rod has a small, lamp shade finial fixed to the ends through an adapter. The adapter may have a screw with a wood-screw thread on one end and a machine-screw thread on the other. The wood-screw thread is inserted into the rod, and the finial is screwed onto the machine-screw thread. When the finial thread does not match the screw thread, a bushing is used to adapt the screw thread. An end cap can cover the end of the rod and be held in place by the bushing or the finial. For metal rods, an end cap has a female thread to engage the rod; and, a threaded stud for receiving a finial extends from the end cap.
Abstract: A greeting card including an ornament, uniquely suited for display in an automobile. The card includes a pocket for containment of an ornament. The ornament has a reflective, preferably colored exterior, and an elastic tether. Thus, the ornament is caused to oscillate vertically in response to vehicle motion. The ornament is preferably formed from intersecting sheets of material having a glittering surface, which construction induces rotating and swinging motion of the ornament responsive to air currents within the vehicle, in addition to the bobbing or oscillations caused by vehicle motion. These complex motions, combined with the colored and glittering appearance, maximize the twinkling visual effect of this uncomplicated device while requiring no effort on the part of the observer or user. In a preferred embodiment, the ornament is impregnated with a pine scent in order to further thematically link the ornament to Christmas.
Abstract: A socket for mounting a finial on either of two telescoping tubular support rods includes a first engagement surface that enters into and contacts the smaller rod and a second engagement surface that surrounds and contacts the larger rod. The engagement surfaces wedge into an interference or force fit with the rod ends to maintain the finial on the rods. The surfaces are preferably defined by the side walls of an annular groove shaped to conform to the cross section of the support rod. The socket includes slots for mounting the finial on a holdback bracket. The slots are conveniently formed as widened regions of the annular groove and are positioned in diametrically opposed locations to permit top-to-bottom symmetrical finials to be inverted about a horizontal axis and front-to-back symmetrical finials to be inverted about a vertical axis for mounting on the left or the right side of a window opening.
Abstract: A finial adapter is selectively fixable to the wire of a clip-on lamp shade to allow use of a finial on clip-on lamp shades. Centrally of the plate, feet automatically center the adapter into the appropriate position to attach to the wire. The adapter has a plate having an upwardly extending stud to receive the finial, and downwardly extending tabs to engage the wires on the shade. Wire spreaders separate the wires of the shade and urge the wires into locking contact with the tabs. Centrally of the plate, feet extending down to surround the washer of the clip for the shade to center the finial adapter on the shade.
Abstract: A decorative, action oriented ornament/display system is attained by providing an attention-attracting member which cooperates with a support platform or plate which is removably mounted to any limb or branch of a tree. By employing this construction, an ornament display system is realized which is quickly and easily mounted to a tree, whenever desired, or removed therefrom for display on any other surface. In the preferred embodiment, the ornament/display member incorporates interlock means formed on the support plate for removably affixing the ornament/display member to the support plate whenever desired. Furthermore, the ornament/display member also preferably incorporates a stowable hook or ring member cooperatively associated with the upper portion of the ornament/display member for enabling the ornament/display member to be affixed to a supporting branch or limb independently of the platform.
February 6, 1995
Date of Patent:
January 30, 1996
Link Group International
Thomas L. Simmel, Robert S. McDarren, Joseph Truchsess
Abstract: An ornament, the blank from which it is formed and the method and device by which it is formed are included. The ornament includes at least two elements both connected to each other at face to face edges via straps which when twisted enable one of the elements to be vertically offset with respect to the other so as to achieve a three dimensional form.
Abstract: A medallion article comprising a base member having a planar inner surface and a substantially planar lens mounted on the base member, said lens having an indicia-bearing inner surface spaced from the inner surface of the base member, whereby the indicia on the inner surface of the lens appear as shadows on the inner surface of the base.
Abstract: An ornament attachment assembly for a tassel and a method of using such an assembly is provided. The attachment assembly comprises attachment means comprised of a hook element and a suspension element. The shape of the hook element, orientation of the suspension element and the orientation of a lower portion of the tassel all combine to make attachment and detachment of the ornament less burdensome and more secure.
Abstract: Preserved portraits or photographs and a method for making the same are provided. Paper substrates with portrait or photographic images are ideally preserved against the effects of sunlight, moisture and age by the method of the present invention. A plastic cap is cast upon at least one surface of the article and cured thereon. The plastic cap becomes integral to the surface of the substrate and acts to enhance the clarity and quality of the portrait or photographic image disposed on the substrate surface. Preferably, a backing layer is also provided on the substrate. More preferably, the backing layer comprises a magnetized layer allowing the preserved article to be displayed on metallic objects.
Abstract: A new structure for a multi-layered cosmetic case having a shape of a circular tower, the upper most layer is a top cover with a knob which serve as a finger grip to flip the top cover open. The middle layer is a box body which can be turned to open. The bottom layer has two different box bodies, the top box body can be open up by turning, the two bottom box bodies are semi-circular in shape which can be swung open from the left and the right hand side. The circular-tower-shaped multi-layered cosmetic case can be opened in many ways for access of the cosmetics.
Abstract: An adapter is used to connect a conventional lamp shade finial to a pull chain for a fan or the like. The adapter has a length of bead chain, and a threaded member on one end of the chain. A larger bead prevents the threaded member from coming off the chain; and, the threaded member is sized to be received by the standard base for a lamp shade finial. A lip on the threaded member limits the insertion of the threaded member into the finial base. The other end of the length of bead chain has a connector to connect the adapter to the existing pull chain, and this may be a conventional bead chain connector.
Abstract: A tassel tag ornament attachment assembly and a method in using such an assembly is provided. The attachment assembly comprises attachment means comprised of a hook element and a suspension ring. The shape of the hook element, orientation of the suspension ring and orientation of a lower portion of the tassel all combine to make attachment and detachment of the ornament less burdensome and more secure.
Abstract: A piece of jewelry comprises one or more half-tubular members which have a main curvature lying in the primary plane of the jewelry. The half-tubular member has an outer, highly polished concave surface and an inner, highly polished convex surface where both surfaces lie or extend in the primary plane. This produces the illusion that the half-tubular members are in fact fully tubular and thus, produces jewelry that has a heavier look and impression even though it is made with half the precious metal.
Abstract: A leather surround for decorative articles of the type which could be used with key rings or luggage tags, golf bag tags, and the like includes a pair of leather sheets, one of which includes an opening A decorative article, such as a pictorial work or logo, is inserted between the leather sheets so that the portion to be displayed is visible at the opening. Preferably the article is made from a non-ferrous metal, such as pewter. The article includes a flange surrounding at least a portion of its outer boundary adapted to be received between the two sheets of leather In the preferred embodiment, the leather sheets are stitched together around the outside of the article and flange and an adhesive is applied to the rear surface of the article to assist in bonding the article to the leather sheet and maintaining a desired orientation.
Abstract: For attaching an ornament of glass or the like to a finial base, an attachment device has a base that is fixed directly to the finial base, and a cup to receive the ornament. The cup is rigid, and is shaped the same as the ornament so no bending or other manipulation of the cup is required prior to attachment. In attaching the ornament, therefore, a quantity of adhesive is placed into the cup, and the ornament urged into the cup. The adhesive spreads out uniformly between the cup and the ornament, and the finial is allowed to sit while the adhesive cures.
Abstract: A process for applying to fabric a plastic, metallic appearing, decorative article having on its surface decorative objects such as stones. The article comprises mylar layered upon a transparent polyvinyl chloride supporting layer. The article is designed to be formed either by a hot or a cold press and to be attached to fabric by simple processes such as sewing or employing hand or foot presses and known attaching fixtures for the decorative objects. Jewelry articles made from the plastic material are also part of the invention. In one embodiment a transparent adhesive is used between the plastic layers so that the decorative layer can be seen through the supporting layer.
Abstract: A wrist pom is utilized by individuals in cheerleading and the like, to include an elastomeric tubular sleeve having a forward annular end receiving a collar therewithin, wherein the collar has fixedly secured thereto an annular array of elongate, flexible tassel webs at rear distal ends of each web. A modification of the invention includes a squeeze bulb member mounted to the sleeve to provide for selective projection of glitter particles formed of reflective material for an enhanced visual display in use of the organization.
Abstract: A decorative bead chain tassel formed by providing at least three bead chains about a suspended center strand of bead chain with the first bead of each of surrounding chains being seated between beads of the center strand and held in such disposition by encircling securing means.
Abstract: Jewelry products and other decorative devices are made by rolling a piece of paper into a cylinder and cutting and bending the cylinder into a ladder having two round columns separated by a plurality of spaced, substantially transverse steps. The steps of the ladder are folded in an overlapping manner by pressing one column towards and above the other column so the first column is offset with respect to the second column. Both columns are then pressed flat towards the overlapping steps, and the entire device is coated with a flexible adhesive. After the adhesive drys, the device is cut to a desired shape and length, and the device is incorporated into a piece of jewelry or other decorative device such as a tree ornament, wall or window decoration, mobile or gift decoration. For example, an earring can be made by securing an eye hook to the device, and a barrette can be made by attaching a clasp to the device. A brooch can be made by securing two or more devices together with appropriate support structure.