A. Be a cheap clip made of easy to find and inexpensive materials
B. Eliminate the "jostling" issues of gravity fed clips
C. Be able to be used pointed down or sideways.
The obvious answer to these objectives was to make a spring fed clip. So that's what I did. This write-up will be very picture heavy, and will probably mostly rely on pictures to get most of the steps across.
First cut the part off of a deodorant stick that you twist to advance the bar of deodorant (after the bar is gone of course).
Take a stefan and make centered marks on the clip so you know where to put the new walls.
Take a wooden paint slatherer stick thingy majig and place it where you made your marks at one end. Mark where you will need to cut the stick so that it will fit at the mark on the clip.
Using a ruler and a sharpie, run a line along the entire stick to mark where to cut.
With the lid on the other end, and with the newly cut stick inserted as far as it can go, mark where it stops at the top.
Cut at the mark, and then cut another segment of the same length.
Hot glue in the guiders, making sure they're straight.
Put some glue in one the other side for good measure.
Now glue in a third guider, keeping it full width this time.
Now we move to the follower, as it influences further construction of the clip. Get some Knex (I know you have some or can find some, they're fucking everywhere) and glue an orange piece onto a gray rod like so.
Now we need some air restrictor springs. I used some from multiple SM1.5K's. Zap a Gap them together.
Drill a hole in the end cap.
Put the spring on the follower and push it into the hole in the end cap. Push it down as far as possible and mark how far it goes down.
Put the end cap back on and, using the mark made on the inside, draw a slot for a dart. The bottom (or top in the picture) should line up with the inside mark.
Dremel it out (You will see pictures of the slot later).
Edited by TantumBull, 15 February 2009 - 07:54 PM.