There are several pokeball models out there, but none has all the features that I wanted so I made my own. Features on this one include:
-A clamshell opening with a hidden hinge. I used a barrel hinge to keep the ball as spherical as possible.
-Magnets that would keep the halves closed. I had 6mm magnets on hand, so I used those.
-A 16mm light up metallic “elevator” button.
-A spot for weights to add some heft to the finished product- I wanted this to be satisfying to hold. I included cut out on the top and bottom for 1 1/8” hexnuts that I bought from the home center. With one in, the ball weights 155g/5.5oz and with two it weighs 205g/7.25oz.
-As hidden a seam as possible – I added a lip on the bottom half of the ball for the seam to tuck behind
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