Shape Defined By Filament (e.g., String, Etc.) Patents (Class 434/83)
  • Publication number: 20100105013
    Abstract: A string dispenser kit is described. The string dispenser kit includes a string dispenser and a peg board. The string dispenser is formed as a string pen having a string storing element, an elongated barrel, and a tip element. The string pen is formed to store string and dispense string through the elongated barrel and from the tip element of the string dispenser. An adhesive substance is contained in the elongated barrel to douse the string. The peg board has a first plate with pegs and a second plate with corresponding holes. The second plate is formed to be positioned over the first plate. Once the string is positioned over the pegs in a desired form and the adhesive substance is dry, the second plate can be removed from the first plate to pull the string from the pegs and maintain the string in the desired form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2009
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventors: Jim McCafferty, Greg Leong, Steven Douglas DeLacy
  • Patent number: 7524190
    Abstract: A decorative wire is formed by providing a length of thin, bendable wire that serves as the foundation of the decorative wire. A fabric having a straight grain is selected and the fabric is cut biased to the straight grain. The fabric is spiral wound along the length of the bendable wire. The fabric adheres to the wire as the fabric is wrapped around the bendable wire. One example of a decorative wire formed by the above process includes a length of thin, bendable wire where a plurality of elongated strips of fabric are spiral wound along the length of the bendable wire and adhesively connected thereto. Each strip of fabric includes an abraded edge formed while the strip is wrapped around the bendable wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: K1C2
    Inventor: Susan Levin
  • Patent number: 6705867
    Abstract: The present invention relates to closed three-dimensional needlepoint canvases. Each of the canvases of the present invention is made from two interconnectable perforated shells. In various embodiments, interchangeable shells of different shapes are provided which can be connected together to form three-dimensional canvases in a variety shapes and sizes. In certain embodiments the shells have mechanically interlocking bases for easy detachment without external clips. The invention also provides craft kits containing the three-dimensional needlepoint canvases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Uniek, Inc.
    Inventors: Jamieson A. Foght, Christopher R. Carlson, Carole L. Rodgers
  • Patent number: 6679644
    Abstract: A modular elongated element (1), an intramodule tensile device (11), a pair of securing and linking devices (12), and an intermodule connector device (13), interconnected using the devices and methods disclosed herein, are used to construct a virtually limitless variety of inherently-tensile constructs. In the most elemental module, the intramodule tensile device (11) connects a pair of securing and linking devices (12) which are in turn secured to two ends (14) of the modular elongated element (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Inventor: Eric Heller
  • Patent number: 6419493
    Abstract: A child's 3D amusement book is created by forming at least two holes through the book and threading a string therethrough, or otherwise offixing a cord to opposing pages of a book or card. Parallel string segments are coordinated with drawings on the inner pages to create 3D and/or moving images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Accord Publishing Ltd.
    Inventor: Jeffrey C. Cole
  • Patent number: 6149436
    Abstract: A plurality of layers of thread, each sculptured by stringing, each higher layer strung around a larger diameter opening, forming a portion of a wing, and so strung symmetrically, forming a pair of wings, and forming a butterfly sculpture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Inventor: Tristram C. Dunn
  • Patent number: 6065968
    Abstract: A toy that may be used to make three-dimensional designs from elastic members comprises a base and at least one, and preferably two, vertical sidewalls rotatable relative to the base. The base and the at least one sidewall each have a face surface with a plurality of retaining means disposed thereon. A plurality of elastic members may be secured to the plurality of retaining means and thereby suspended between the base and the at least one sidewall to form a three-dimensional design, for example, each member may be attached at a first point along the member to a retaining means on the at least one sidewall and at a second point along the member to a retaining means on the base. The at least one sidewall or the base can be rotated to vary the length of the elastic members, thereby changing the three-dimensional design formed thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Inventor: Kathrine Kawamura Corliss
  • Patent number: 5427528
    Abstract: An activity toy for allowing the user to form artworks from a plastic material such as modeling clay, PLAY-DOH, or plasticene has hand-held extruder for dispensing the plastic material, a first plate upon which the plastic material is disposed so as to form the artwork, and a transparent second plate disposable in laminar juxtaposition to the first plate so as to capture the artwork therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1995
    Inventors: Richard H. Anderson, Robert R. Anderson
  • Patent number: 5374190
    Abstract: A wax craft product which comprises a bendable extruded rod of wax having a textured surface is provided. The textured surface enables the rod of wax to adhere to itself and to other surfaces when the rod of wax is pressed into contact with itself and other surfaces. The wax comprises petroleum-derived paraffins, microcrystalline waxes, and hydrocarbon resins. In an alternative embodiment, the wax craft product comprises a bendable extruded rod of wax having a coating which has adhesive properties. In this embodiment, the adhesive coating enables the rod of wax to adhere to itself and to other surfaces when the rod of wax is pressed into contact with itself and other surfaces. As with the textured rod of wax, the wax comprises petroleum-derived paraffins, microcrystalline waxes, and hydrocarbon resins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1994
    Assignee: The Chenille Kraft Company
    Inventors: Paul E. Brokaw, Patrick W. Brown, John R. Nottingham
  • Patent number: 5268210
    Abstract: Disclosed is a handicraft article, in which a number of fixing elements is provided on the surface of a base sheet and pieces of media for constituting a design are applied and fixed onto the surface of the base sheet via the fixing elements in such a way that a desired design is expressed on the surface of the base sheet as the aggregates of the fixed pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1993
    Inventor: Mutsuo Iijima
  • Patent number: 4979749
    Abstract: A multi-use number board including a board having a series of substantially square raised surfaces or lands arranged in rows and columns on the top surface of the board and separated by an array of substantially perpendicular channels, and including holes at the intersections of the channels; the pegs having two ends, both of which may be inserted into the holes, one end being easily removable, the other end forming a friction fit so the peg extends fixedly from the surface of the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Inventor: Richard A. Onanian
  • Patent number: 4540375
    Abstract: A graphic arts toy including a string retaining sketch pad, an elongated string, and means for storing, dispensing and retracting the string. The string retaining sketch pad comprises a flexible, plate-like element having a plurality of upwardly extending, flexible fingers on its top. The fingers are arrayed in equally spaced, parallel, transverse rows. The means for storing, dispensing and retracting the string comprises a string storage, dispensing and retracting pencil having a housing, a string storage dispensing and retracting reel rotatably mounted in the housing, and a string dispensing and retracting tube with one of its ends in the housing and the other of its ends exterior to the housing. When the tube is moved between a pair of fingers, the fingers are flexed apart and the string dispensed there between. The fingers return to their normal position to grip and hold the string after the tube moves to the next pair of fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1985
    Inventors: A. Edward Fogarty, Bonnie R. Fogarty
  • Patent number: 4445950
    Abstract: A method of making an artistic picture or design with strands of yarn. A flat yieldable substrate has the outline of various elements of a picture or design on a painted background and which may have the colored yarn to be used indicated within each outlined portion. The steps of the method includes cutting a length of yarn of the selected color, doubling the yarn, and piercing the doubled end with a straight pin which is pushed into the substrate at a selected point on design. In one technique, the doubled yarn is loosely twisted and a pin inserted through the two strands about one inch from the point of beginning. The length between the pins is formed into an upstanding loop by pushing the pin into the substrate immediately adjacent the first pin. This process is repeated until the entire area is covered with upstanding loops of yarn thereby forming an interesting texture over the area. The remainder of the areas are then similarly covered with appropriate colors of yarn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1984
    Assignee: Evelyn Thilmony
    Inventor: Andrea Browning
  • Patent number: 4342611
    Abstract: A method of producing stained glass effects and objects produced thereby are provided wherein a clear glass or plastic object has adhered on one surface a string outline of art work being produced and colored stain within areas defined by said string to produce a multi-colored art work product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1982
    Inventor: Helen K. Tuttle
  • Patent number: 4273537
    Abstract: The disclosed educational devices comprise self-adhering members, to which a pressure sensitive adhesive material is applied, on the outside of at least a portion of each member. In one embodiment, each educational device comprises an elongated stick, rod or tube which is sufficiently rigid to be self-supporting. A knob or body of the adhesive material is mounted on at least one end of such stick or the like. Preferably, knobs of the adhesive material are mounted on both ends. The sticks may be adhered to one another and also to supporting surfaces, to produce letters, symbols, figures, geometric designs, and many types of artistic representations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1977
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1981
    Inventor: Bernard Borisof
  • Patent number: 4259790
    Abstract: The disclosed educational devices comprise self-adhering members to which a pressure sensitive adhesive material is applied, on the outside of at least a portion of each member. In one embodiment, each educational device comprises an elongated stick, rod or tube which is sufficiently rigid to be self-supporting. A knob or body of the adhesive material is mounted on at least one end of such stick or the like. Preferably, knobs of the adhesive material are mounted on both ends. The sticks may be adhered to one another and also to supporting surfaces, to produce letters, symbols, figures, geometric designs, and many types of artistic representations. The adhesive material comprises microcrystalline wax with mineral oil in the proportion of 2 to 12% mixed with the wax to provide greater tackiness, the wax being of a flexible type with a melting point between 150.degree. and 180.degree. F. and a needle penetration between 20 and 50 when measured at 77.degree. F. in accordance with ASTM Standard No. D1321.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1981
    Inventor: Bernard Borisof
  • Patent number: RE36272
    Abstract: A wax craft product which comprises a bendable extruded rod of wax having a textured surface is provided. The textured surface enables the rod of wax to adhere to itself and to other surfaces when the rod of wax is pressed into contact with itself and other surfaces. The wax comprises petroleum-derived paraffins, microcrystalline waxes, and hydrocarbon resins. In an alternative embodiment, the wax craft product comprises a bendable extruded rod of wax having a coating which has adhesive properties. In this embodiment, the adhesive coating enables the rod of wax to adhere to itself and to other surfaces when the rod of wax is pressed into contact with itself and other surfaces. As with the textured rod of wax, the wax comprises petroleum-derived paraffins, microcrystalline waxes, and hydrocarbon resins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: The Chenille Kraft Company
    Inventors: Paul E. Brokaw, Patrick W. Brown, John R. Nottingham