# How many feet of wire does it take to make a slinky?

There are 5 votes for this solution. A Slinky is a toy composed of a flexible 90-turn spring with a diameter of 2-3/4 inch. Each slinky is made of 67 feet of flat steel wire and weighs around 1/2 pound. The number of feet required to make a slinky depends on how long you want the slinky to be.

In reality, making a real-life version of a slinky would require more than 5 million feet of wire (or 9 million if you include the guy's rope). That's about 300 miles of wire! The best way to make a slinky is to buy an existing one that is long enough. Then just bend the metal into a curve and tie it off at the end.

Here are some examples of how long it takes to make a slinky of different lengths:

5 feet = 17 inches long

10 feet = 40 inches long

15 feet = 60 inches long

20 feet = 80 inches long

25 feet = 100 inches long

30 feet = 120 inches long

35 feet = 140 inches long

40 feet = 160 inches long

## How much did a slinky cost in the 1950’s?

The Slinky was originally priced at \$1, but many people spent considerably more owing to price hikes in spring steel throughout Pennsylvania; it has, however, stayed modestly priced throughout its lifetime due to Betty James' concern about the toy's affordability for impoverished consumers. In 1953, she wrote an article for The Saturday Evening Post titled "The High Cost of the Slinky", in which she stated that although the Slinky was now less expensive than it had been, "there are still too many slinkies out there for my taste".

In the article, she described how she felt that \$1 was too high a price for something that could be easily lost and how she hoped that cheap imitations would come onto the market so that children would not be forced to spend their money on something that would cause them psychological harm. Her comments made the front page of the New York Times.

James later sold her company for \$10 million, which she used to make charitable donations. She died in 1958 at the age of 48 after giving birth to three children. One son has continued her legacy by making similar donations from the sales of his own product line.

In conclusion, the Slinky was originally priced at \$1 but soon went up to \$5 due to production costs. In 1953, one model even cost \$10 but this was because of the thickness of its steel wire.

## What is the point of a slinky?

"A objective of my innovation is to produce a helical spring toy which will transmit its turns from one end to the other in an amusing manner when it is bent into a general semi-circular form and the ends are moved up and down," James said of the Slinky. "This would be an improvement upon the spiral spring, which transmits its force only along its length and cannot bend."

When you pull the ends of a slinky apart, they go back to their original shape. This makes the slinky useful for storing energy: if you let go of one end, it will roll all the way to the other end without being completely stretched out.

People have used this property of slinkies to make toys that move by themselves. For example, you can put tension in the middle of a slinky, then let go of one end. The other end will roll away until it meets some resistance, at which point it will stop.

This is how modern rubber band guns work. First, you stretch out a piece of rubber band as far as it will go, then you wrap it around your finger once or twice to create tension in the band. When you release the band, it will recoil back towards you because of the remaining tension in the middle of the band.

You can also use this property of slinkies to build bridges.

## What is the slinky used for today?

Today, the identical Slinky costs around \$1.99. Slinkies have been used for a variety of purposes, including pecan harvesting, curtain holders, antennas, light fixtures, window decorations, gutter protection, bird house protectors, therapeutic devices, wave motion coils, table decorations, and mail holders.

The word "slinky" comes from the Swedish word "slinga", which means "to swing". In 1958, Henry's Toy Company introduced the first mass-manufactured plastic toy when they soldered together wooden sticks to make a doll that swung back and forth when you pushed it with your hand. This was soon followed by other molded plastic dolls that moved back and forth. These were called "swing toys" because you could push one part of the doll and see another part go swinging away!

People have been using the Slinky as a pendulum since it was invented in 1946. The concept behind the Slinky Pendulum is very simple: if you connect a heavy object to one end of a length of string then let it go, it will swing back and forth until its momentum is exhausted or someone pulls it up short. The Slinky is used instead of a rock because it can be let go at any point during its oscillation and it will keep going until stopped. A Slinky is perfect for letting children experiment with gravity and movement because they don't require any special equipment to use.

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