(19)
(11)EP 3 147 009 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
29.07.2020 Bulletin 2020/31

(21)Application number: 16743534.6

(22)Date of filing:  29.01.2016
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
A63H 33/22(2006.01)
G09F 19/12(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/JP2016/052668
(87)International publication number:
WO 2016/121931 (04.08.2016 Gazette  2016/31)

(54)

ORNAMENT MANUFACTURING METHOD, ORNAMENT AND STICK TOY

ORNAMENT HERSTELLUNGSMETHODE, ORNAMENT UND STICK SPIELZEUG

PROCÉDÉ DE FABRICATION D'ORNEMENTS, ORNEMENT ET JOUET SOUS FROME DE BÂTON


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 29.01.2015 JP 2015014933

(43)Date of publication of application:
29.03.2017 Bulletin 2017/13

(73)Proprietor: Kabushiki Kaisha Prodia
Isesaki-shi, Gunma 379-2224 (JP)

(72)Inventor:
  • KOJIMA, Yoshiyasu
    Gunma 3760042 (JP)

(74)Representative: Schlief, Thomas P. 
Canzler & Bergmeier Patentanwälte Partnerschaft mbB Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 84
85055 Ingolstadt
85055 Ingolstadt (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 2 689 818
FR-A1- 2 828 109
JP-A- 2010 214 089
JP-U- 3 116 440
US-A- 5 609 928
US-B1- 8 021 209
CH-A- 266 907
JP-A- 2010 214 089
JP-A- 2014 039 804
JP-U- 3 166 973
US-A- 5 873 766
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    TECHNICAL FIELD



    [0001] The present invention relates to a stick toy referred to as "Rainbow stick", an ornament used in the stick toy, and an ornament manufacturing method.

    BACKGROUND ART



    [0002] The rainbow stick is a toy which is constituted by a first bonding member fixed to a stick shaft, a second bonding member which is movably bonded to the stick shaft, and a plurality of strip members provided to be able to bend between the first bonding member and the second bonding member. The ends of each of the strip members are attached to the first bonding member and the second bonding member, respectively. This toy is intended to enjoy making various shapes such as a soap bubble, a jelly fish, and a sphere by rotating the stick shaft to change the colors and the shapes of the strip members (see Japanese Utility Model Registration No. 3116440). The manufacturing and distribution of this toy has been improved by the inventor, as the vice president of World Rainbow Stick Association.

    SUMMARY OF INVENTION


    Technical Problem



    [0003] Now, a conventional method of manufacturing the stick toy, that is, a rainbow stick will be described. First, a tape material or a sheet material is cut into strip members each having a predetermined length. Then, one end of each of the strip members is bonded to the first bonding member having a disk shape. In this case, both ends of each of the strip members are radially bonded to the first bonding member. After that, the other end of each of the strip members is bonded to the second bonding member. As described above, both ends of each of the strip members are radially bonded to the second bonding member. By this means, the ends of each of the strip members are bonded to the first bonding member and the second bonding member, respectively, to make a sphere made of strips. Next, the stick shaft is inserted into the first bonding member and the second bonding member to penetrate their center parts, and then the first bonding member is fixed to the stick shaft while movably attaching the second bonding member to the stick shaft. By this means, when the stick shaft is rotated, the second bonding member is rotated with respect to the first bonding member fixed to the stick shaft, and therefore the shapes of the strip members are changed. In this way, it is possible to manufacture the stick toy intended to provide entertainment with changes in the shapes of the strip members.

    [0004] However, there has been a problem that this hand working for bonding the strip members to the pair of bonding members one by one has very low productivity and a high cost. In particular, when the strip members are bonded to the pair of bonding members to extend from the center in a radial fashion, it is necessary to be careful to uniform the angles, depths and axes of the strip members. This work is challenging for even a skilled hand. Therefore, even though there is a latent demand for this toy, it is not possible to manufacture in large numbers, and therefore is not possible to promote the sales of the toy. Moreover, the lengths of the strip members are not the same due to the hand work including cutting and bonding, and therefore not only the strip members cannot be formed into a beautiful shape when the stick toy is rotated, but also a long strip may overtake a short one at the time the stick toy is rotated in the opposite direction. Accordingly, the quality of the stick toy has varied.

    [0005] US 5,873,766 B1 discloses another kind of toy. Therein, a toy is described which is capable of emitting clapping noise, emitting scent, and emitting light. The toy is constructed with an elongated central member and a plurality of resilient ribs which are attached at one of their ends to a cap at the end of the elongated central member and are attached at their other end to a sliding collar. Here, the ends of the resilient rips are attached to the cap and the sliding collar, respectively, such that both the cap and the sliding collar are visible. The sliding collar is free to slide along the elongated member thereby causing the resilient ribs to move radially outwardly with respect to the longitudinal axis of the elongated central member.

    [0006] FR 2 828 109 A1 discloses a method as in the preamble of claim 1 and an ornament as in the preamble of claim 3. Here, the ornament has the shape of a torus with a plurality of arc-like slits formed in the torus body. At the inner circumference of the torus, the two continuous regions, between which the slits are formed, are fixed to one another. CH 266 907 A discloses a very similar torus-shaped ornament and a respective manufacturing method.

    Solution to Problem



    [0007] It is an object of the present invention to provide a stick toy having improved productivity and quality, an ornament used in a cover, a mobile, and a lampshade, and a method of manufacturing the ornament.

    [0008] In order to achieve the object, the present invention solves the above-described problems as follows.
    1. (1) A method of manufacturing an ornament is provided according to the features of claim 1.
    2. (2) The method of manufacturing an ornament described as in (1) is provided. A plurality of coupling slits is formed in the pair of continuous regions, and a plurality of coupling protrusions protruding from rims of coupling members each having an approximately disk shape are fitted into the plurality of coupling slits, so that each of the pair of continuous regions is coupled to be formed into the ring.
    3. (3) An ornament is provided according to the features of claim 3.
    4. (4) The ornament described as in (3) provided. The ornament further includes: a pair of coupling members each having an approximately disk shape and configured to couple the pair of continuous regions to be formed into the ring. Each of the pair of coupling members includes a plurality of coupling protrusions protruding from rims of the pair of coupling members. Each of the pair of continuous regions includes a plurality of coupling slits into which the plurality of coupling protrusions is fitted. The plurality of coupling protrusions is fitted into the plurality of coupling slits, so that each of the pair of continuous regions is coupled to be formed into the ring.
    5. (5) The ornament described as in (3) or (4) is provided. A picture or a pattern is printed on the flexible sheet (1).
    6. (6) The ornament described as in one of (3) to (5) is provided. The ornament is used in a lampshade, a mobile or interior decoration.
    7. (7) A stick toy is provided. The stick toy includes: the ornament described as in (4); a pair of stopper plates spaced from the pair of coupling members at a certain interval, and configured to sandwich the pair of coupling members therebetween from the outside, each of the pair of stopper plates having a diameter greater than that of each of the pair of coupling members; through-holes formed at an approximate center of each of the pair of coupling members and the pair of stopper plates; and a stick inserted into the through-holes and configured to fix one of the coupling members at its top side and to movably hold the other coupling member. The pair of stopper plates is located outside of reversed plurality of ornament strips to control a direction in which the plurality of ornament strips spread.
    8. (8) The stick toy described as in (7) is provided. The stick toy further includes a snag-proof plate located closer to the top of the stick than the one of the coupling members to prevent the plurality of ornament strips from getting entangled, the snag-proof plate being.


    [0009] According to the present invention, the pair of continuous regions facing one another is provided in the flexible sheet; the plurality of ornament strips are formed between the pair of continuous regions; the plurality of ornament strips is reversed with respect to the pair of continuous regions; and each of the pair of continuous regions is coupled to be formed into a ring; so that it is possible to provide an ornament and a method of manufacturing the ornament with ease and high productivity.

    [0010] In addition, according to the present invention, the stick toy includes the distinctive coupling members, and therefore it is possible to improve the productivity and reduce the cost.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS



    [0011] 
    Fig. 1A
    is an exploded view showing the sheet used in the ornament according to the present invention;
    Fig. 1B
    is an exploded view showing the coupling members used in the ornament according to the present invention;
    Fig. 2A
    is a drawing showing a coupling member;
    Fig. 2B
    is a drawing showing a state in which the continuous region is coupled to be formed into a ring by using the coupling member;
    Fig. 2C
    is a schematic cross-sectional view showing a state in which the pair of connection regions are coupled to be formed into rings by using the pair of coupling members, respectively;
    Fig. 3A
    is a drawing showing the coupling members used in the stick toy;
    Fig. 3B
    is a drawing showing the stopper plates used in the stick toy;
    Fig. 3C
    is a drawing showing the coupling member and stopper plate which are engaged with one other;
    Fig. 4A
    is a drawing showing a state in which the coupling member is engaged with the stopper plate;
    Fig. 4B
    is a schematic cross-sectional view showing the stick toy;
    Fig. 5A
    shows an example of the shape of the stick toy when the stick toy is rotated;
    Fig. 5B
    shows another example of the shape of the stick toy when the stick toy is rotated;
    Fig. 6
    is a drawing showing a sheet on which a picture is printed.

    DESCRIPTION OF EMBODIMENTS



    [0012] Hereinafter, the present invention will be described in detail with reference to the drawings. First, Fig. 1 is a drawing showing a sheet 1 and coupling members 2 used in the ornament according to the present invention. The sheet 1 is made of a flexible sheet material, and preferably, be made of a plastic film. Here, the material of the sheet 1 is not limited as long as the sheet 1 has flexibility to the extent that ornament strips described later can be reversed. The sheet 1 may be made of a natural material such as paper and wood, a metal evaporated material such as an aluminum evaporated film, or a metal material such as thin stainless steel. Moreover, the sheet 1 may be made of a composite material formed by bonding a plurality of materials to each other with adhesive or may be a laminated sheet. Here, although the sheet 1 may be plain, it is more preferred that a pattern or picture is printed on the surface of the sheet 1 as shown in Fig. 6, or the surface of the sheet 1 is colored or subjected to the holographic process to improve the decorative effect. In addition, it is preferred that the thickness of the sheet 1 is 10 µm to 100 µm when an aluminum evaporated film is used. However, the thickness may be appropriately selected depending on the flexibility of the sheet 1 or the intended use of the ornament.

    [0013] Next, the method of manufacturing an ornament according to the present invention will be described. First, the sheet material is cut into an appropriate size for the intended purpose of the ornament to form the long sheet 1. Then, a plurality of slits 10 which are parallel to each other and extend in a longitudinal direction are formed in the sheet 1. Here, note that the sheet 1 is cut except for a pair of continuous regions 11 formed to face one another in both end parts of the sheet 1. The slits 10 are formed to connect between the pair of continuous regions 11. By this means, it is possible to provide one sheet 1 having a plurality of ornament strips 13 which are separated from each other while the both ends of each of the ornament strips are integrally formed with the pair of continuous regions 11. That is about how to form the ornament strips. Here, although it is preferred that the slits 10 are formed as straight lines, curved slits 10 may be applicable. In addition, it is preferred that the slits 10 are formed at regular intervals, and all the ornament strips have the same width and the same shape. Here, some ornament strips 13 may be cut and removed if necessary.

    [0014] To form the slits 10 in the sheet 1, a well-known slit formation method may be employed. For example, it is possible to form the slits 10 by punching with a cutter such as a cutting die, laser ablation, and by using a cutting plotter. Here, when the laser ablation is used, gas may be generated during the formation of the slits 10 by the machine, and then the gas may adhere to the transparent film as smudge. To avoid this, it is preferred that the laser ablation is performed after a protective sheet is laminated on the sheet 1, and after that, the protective sheet is peeled off. In addition, when the slits 10 are formed in the sheet 1 which is a thin resin sheet by the laser ablation, the sheet 1 may be molten due to the heat of the laser beam, and therefore it is preferred that the cutting plotter is used to form the slits 10. However, the cutting plotter is not suitable to cut the thick sheet 1. Therefore, it is preferred that the method of forming the slits 10 is appropriately selected depending on the type of the sheet 1. As described above, the formation of the ornament strips 13 in the sheet 1 is automated. Therefore, it is possible to manufacture the ornament strips 13 with higher productivity, more efficiency and higher accuracy than the conventional strip members made by the hand working one by one.

    [0015] In addition, the continuous regions 11 are formed along the short sides of the sheet 1, respectively, and a plurality of notches as coupling slits 12 are arranged in each of the continuous regions 11 in the short side direction of the sheet 1. The coupling slits 12 may be formed by the same way as the slits 10. Here, it is preferred that the number of the coupling slits 12 is one greater than that of coupling protrusions 21 described later. The coupling protrusions 21 are provided on the rim of each of the coupling members 2 having a disk shape. The coupling protrusions 21 are fitted into the coupling slits 12 while each of the continuous regions 11 is deformed into a ring along the rim of the coupling member 2. In this case, one coupling protrusion 21 is fitted into the two coupling slits 12 located in the vicinity of both ends of the continuous region 11, so that it is possible to arrange the ornament strips 13 along the rim of the coupling member 2 in a seamless manner as a cylinder.

    [0016] In addition, the length of each of the continuous regions 11 is longer than the width of all the ornament strips 13, that is, both ends of the continuous region 11 protrude from the ornament strips 13 arranged in the short side direction of the sheet 1. Therefore, it is possible to prevent the ornament strips 13 from overlapping each other when the continuous region 11 is deformed into a ring, and to have a beautiful shape in a seamless manner as a whole. Here, as shown in Fig. 1, the coupling slits 12 located at the both ends in the short side direction of the sheet 1 are formed in the vicinity of the ornament strips 13 located at the both ends in the short side direction of the sheet 1. By this means, it is possible to prevent the ornament strips 13 from overlapping each other when the sheet 1 is deformed into a ring, and therefore to have a beautiful shape in a seamless manner as a whole.

    [0017] Fig. 2 is a drawing showing a method of coupling the continuous region 11 to be formed into a ring by using the coupling member 2. As shown in Fig. 2A, the coupling member 2 is formed in a disk shape, and the plurality of coupling protrusions 21 protruding to fit to the coupling slits 12 are arranged on the rim of the coupling member 2. Here, the number of the coupling protrusions 21 may be appropriately determined to stably couple the sheet 1 with the coupling member 2 depending on the length of the continuous region 11, i.e., the short side of the sheet 1. Then, as shown in Fig. 2B, the coupling protrusions 21 are fitted into the coupling slits 12, so that the continuous region 11 is fixed to the rim of the coupling member 2. It is preferred that the size of each of the coupling protrusions 21 is enough to maintain sufficient retention ability after the coupling protrusion 21 is fitted into the coupling slit 12. In addition, the coupling protrusion 21 may be dropped out of the coupling slit 12 depending on the material of the sheet 1 or the coupling member 2, and therefore the coupling protrusion 21 may be bent to prevent the coupling protrusion 21 from dropping out of the coupling slit 12. When a material which is hard to bend is used for the coupling member 2, the coupling protrusion 21 may have a shape such as a hook to prevent the coupling protrusion 21 from dropping out of the coupling slit 12. Moreover, the coupling protrusion 21 may be fixed to the coupling slit 12 with adhesive, or the edges of the continuous regions 11 may adhere to one another.

    [0018] As shown in Fig. 2C as the schematic cross-sectional view, two coupling members 2 are required for one ornament because the coupling member 2 is used in each of the pair of continuous regions 11 of the sheet 1. Here, in Fig. 2C, part of the ornament is omitted. Although it is preferred that the coupling members 2 are made of synthetic resin such as plastic, cardboard or wood may be applicable, and metal may also be applicable. However, when the coupling members 2 are too heavy, the shape of the ornament may be lost, and therefore it is preferred that the coupling members 2 have a light weight and are appropriately selected depending on the type of the sheet 1. Here, the weight of the coupling members 2 may not be limited as long as a support such as a spacer for maintaining the space between the pair of coupling members 2 is provided.

    [0019] Next, a method of assembling the ornament according to the present invention will be described. As described above, it is possible to obtain one sheet 1 having the plurality of ornament strips 13 separated from each other while both ends of each of the ornament strips 13 are integrally formed with the continuous regions 11. The method of assembling an ornament according to the present invention includes: reversing the plurality of ornament strips 13 with respect to the pair of continuous regions 11 such that the ornament strips 13 radiate outward to form into an arc between the pair of continuous regions 11; and fitting the coupling protrusions 21 of the coupling members 2 into the coupling slits 12, so that each of the continuous regions 11 is coupled to be formed into a ring. For example, in a case in which, after each of the pair of continuous regions 11 is coupled to be formed into a ring, the ornament strips 13 are reversed with respect to the continuous regions 11, the pair of ringed continuous regions 11 is moved into the plurality of ornament strips 13, and then, the pair of continuous regions 11 is moved from one slit 10 to the outside of the plurality of ornament strips 13 while the pair of continuous regions 11 is turned upside down. That is, the pair of continuous regions 11 is moved such that the back surfaces of the coupling members 2 facing the inside of the plurality of ornament strips 13 are exposed to the outside of the plurality of ornament strips 13. By this means, the rims of the pair of continuous regions 11, which correspond to the short sides of the sheet 1, face one another, and the portions of the pair of continuous regions 11 connecting with the ornament strips 13 are opposite to one another. Therefore, the plurality of ornament strips 13 is reversed to cover the pair of continuous regions 11 from the outside. That is, the ornament strips 13 are reversed such that one surface of each of the ornament strips 13 which is exposed to the outside before being reversed faces one surface of each of the pair of continuous regions 11 on the inside of the ornament strips 13. At this time, the ornament strip 13 is reversed to extend outwardly from the portion connecting with the continuous region 11 and is formed into an arc without twisting and bending at the portion connecting with the continuous region 11. By this means, it is possible to arrange the plurality of ornament strips 13 such that the plurality of ornament strips 13 radiate outward to form into an arc between the pair of continuous regions 11. That is about how to reverse and couple the ornament strips. By this means, each of the continuous regions 11 is coupled to be formed into a ring around the rim of the coupling member 2. As a result, it is possible to manufacture the ornament having the plurality of ornament strips 13 which radiate outward to form into an arc between the pair of continuous regions 11.

    [0020] The ornament assembled as described above can be used as an indoor or outdoor ornament as an object of art. For example, when the coupling members 2 are hung with thread to use the ornament as a mobile, the ornament strips 13 may be formed with the flexible sheet 1. By this means, it is possible to enjoy viewing unique shape deformation, and therefore to provide a healing effect. In addition, a lighting device, such as an LED lamp is provided between the pair of coupling members 2, and therefore it is possible to use the ornament as a cover of the lighting device or a lampshade. In this case, it is preferred that the ornament strips 13 are configured to keep a definite shape, for example, a spherical shape. For example, by providing a support such as a spacer for maintaining the space between the pair of coupling members 2, it is possible to keep a definite shape of the ornament strips 13 to some extent. Meanwhile, the sheet 1 is formed with a rigid metal material, and therefore it is possible to strengthen the ornament strips 13 in a definite shape. Alternatively, the ornament may be used as a cover for a flower pot and so forth by forming a relatively large opening in the coupling member 2. Here, when a cover having a large diameter is produced by using the ornament according to the present invention, the ornament strips 13 may be formed to extend in the short side direction of the sheet 1, and then assembled in the same way as above. Moreover, when the ornament is made of metal, the ornament may also function as a suspension having impact absorption.

    <Embodiment 1>



    [0021] The sheet 1 of the stick toy according to the present invention has been described. For example, an aluminum evaporated sheet may be used as the sheet 1. Here, with the conventional manufacturing method, strip members are made by cutting a plurality of strips into short strips each having a predetermined length, and then the strips are bonded to the bonding members one by one. Therefore, in order to achieve a colorful stick toy, various colorful strips are needed. However, with the stick toy according to the present invention, the sheet 1 including the ornament strips 13 which are integrally formed with the continuous regions 11 is used, and therefore it is possible to print a pattern, picture and so forth with a predetermined color combination in a desired position on the sheet 1. Therefore, it is possible to more easily provide beautiful and colorful design, pattern and so forth than the conventional method. It is preferred that the thickness of the sheet 1 of the stick toy is 10 µm to 100 µm, and the sheet 1 provides a high decorative effect with coloring or hologram. Here, by using the flexible sheet 1, when the stick toy according to the present invention is rotated, it is possible to provide more beautiful and colorful presentation than before, thanks to the above-described print such as a picture, or hologram. Here, how to form the ornament strips is the same as above.

    [0022] Fig. 3 is an exploded view showing coupling members 2A and 2B, and stopper plates 3A and 3B, which are used in the stick toy according to the present invention. As shown in Fig. 3A, the coupling members 2A and 2B of the stick toy according to the present invention have through-holes 24 and 25 at their centers, respectively, into which a long stick 4 is inserted. In addition, coupling slits 23 are formed in the coupling members 2A and 2B to couple the coupling members 2A and 2B with the stopper plate 3A and 3B, respectively. The coupling protrusions 31 of the stopper plates 3A and 3B are fitted into the coupling slits 23. The material of the coupling members 2A and 2B is the same as described above. Here, when the stick 4 of the stick toy is rotated, the stick toy may be broken due to the weight of, in particular, the coupling member 2B in the movable side, and therefore may not provide beautiful presentation of the shape deformation. Therefore, it is preferred that the coupling members 2A and 2B are made of a light material.

    [0023] The stopper plates 3A and 3B are spaced from at a certain interval and fixed to the coupling members 2A and 2B via the coupling protrusions 31. In addition, each of the stopper plates 3A and 3B is formed in a disk shape having a diameter greater than that of each of the coupling members 2A and 2B. Here, the material of the stopper plates 3A and 3B may be the same as that of the coupling members 2A and 2B, and preferably, is synthetic resin such as plastic. However, this is by no means limiting, but cardboard, wood, and metal may be applicable. Here, when the stick 4 of the stick toy is rotated, the stick toy may be broken due to the weight of, in particular, the stopper plate 3B in the movable side, and therefore may not provide beautiful presentation of the shape deformation. Therefore, it is preferred that the stopper plates 3A and 3B are made of a light material.

    [0024] As shown in Fig. 4B, the stopper plates 3A and 3B sandwich the coupling members 2A and 2B with the reversed ornament strips 13 (sheet 1) therebetween from the outside, that is, from the both end sides of the stick 4. By this means, the stopper plates 3A and 3B hold the base parts of the reversed ornament strips 13, and therefore it is possible to control such that the ornament strips 13 spread in the radial direction of the stopper plates 3A and 3B, that is, the direction orthogonal to the stick 4. In addition, as shown in Fig. 3B, through-holes 34 and 35 are formed at the centers of the stopper plates 3A and 3B, respectively, into which the stick 4 is inserted. Moreover, the coupling protrusions 31 are provided in the stopper plates 3A and 3B to couple the stopper plate 3A and 3B with the coupling members 2A and 2B. The coupling protrusions 31 are formed in the stopper plates 3A and 3B by, for example, punching. As shown in Fig. 3C, when the coupling members 2A and 2B are coupled with the stopper plates 3A and 3B, the coupling protrusions 31 are raised approximately vertically from the surfaces of the stopper plates 3A and 3B. In addition, concave parts 32 are formed in each of the coupling protrusion 31. When the coupling protrusion 31 is fitted into the coupling slit 23, the concave parts 32 engage with the coupling slit 23 to lock the coupling. As described above, the coupling protrusions 31 are raised and inserted into the coupling slits 23, and therefore it is possible to maintain a certain distance between the coupling members 2B and the stopper plate 3B, and between the coupling members 2A and the stopper plate 3A, as shown in Fig. 3C and Fig. 4A, respectively. Here, Fig. 3C shows the coupling member 2B and the stopper plate 3B in the movable side, which are located in the base side of the stick 4. Meanwhile, Fig. 4A shows the coupling member 2A and the stopper plate 3A in the stationary side, which are located in the top side of the stick 4.

    [0025] Then, the coupling member 2A and the stopper plate 3A located in the top side of the stick 4 are fixed to the stick 4 by using a fixture 5 and so forth. It is preferred that this fixture 5 is formed by a cylindrical member having a through-hole with approximately the same diameter as the outer perimeter of the stick 4. In addition, it is preferred that the diameter of the through-hole 24 of the coupling member 2A and the diameter of the through-hole 34 of the stopper plate 3A are approximately the same as the outer perimeter of the stick 4. Meanwhile, the diameter of the through-hole 25 of the coupling member 2B and the diameter of the through-hole 35 of the stopper plate 3B which are located in the base side of the stick 4 may be greater than the outer perimeter of the stick 4 to allow the coupling member 2B and the stopper plate 3B to move with respect to the stick 4.

    [0026] The method of assembling the stick toy according to the present invention includes: forming the sheet 1 including the ornament strips 13; and fitting the coupling protrusions 31 into the coupling slits 23 to couple the coupling members 2A and 2B with the stopper plates 3A and 3B, so that it is possible to provide the configuration as shown in Figs. 3C and 4A. Next, fitting the coupling protrusions 21 of the coupling members 2A and 2B into the coupling slits 12 while reversing the ornament strips 13 of the sheet 1; and holding the base part of the ornament strips 13 by the stopper plates 3A and 3B, so that the ornament strips 13 radiate outward to form into an arc as a sphere made of strip. Here, part of the ornament strip 13 is omitted from Fig. 4B. In this case, the stopper plates 3A and 3B function to limit the spreading direction of the ornament strips 13 such that the ornament strips 13 protrude a lot in the radial direction of the stopper plates 3A and 3B and bend, so that the ornament is formed into a substantially perfect oval or sphere.

    [0027] Moreover, the stick toy according to the present invention may include a snag-proof plate 6 located in the vicinity of the top of the stick 4 as shown in Fig. 5A and 5B. Part of the ornament strips 13 is omitted from Figs. 5A and 5B. With this configuration, it is possible to prevent the ornament strips 13 from overleaping the top of the stick 4 and getting entangled. It is preferred that the snag-proof plate 6 is made of synthetic resin such as plastic. However, this is by no means limiting, but cardboard, wood, and metal may be applicable. In addition, when the stick toy is used for the promotion of sales, an image, picture or character which provides an advertising effect may be printed on the snag-proof plate 6. The snag-proof plate 6 may be supported by a brace and so forth and fixed to the stick 4. Alternatively, the snag-proof plate 6 having blades may be movably attached to the stick 4 and rotated as a propeller at the same time the stick toy is rotated. With this configuration, it is possible to enjoy viewing the rotation of the snag-proof plate 6 and changes in the picture, as well as the form deformation of the stick toy.

    [0028] Then, when the stick 4 is rotated, the outline of the ornament strips 13 is formed into a sphere as shown in Fig. 5A. Then, the stick 4 is suddenly rotated in the opposite direction, the rotations of the coupling member 2B and the stopper plate 3B as free ends in the base side of the stick 4 are delayed, so that the outline of the ornament strips 13 is formed into a daruma shape as shown in Fig. 5B.

    <Embodiment 2>



    [0029] Embodiment 2 of the present invention is applicable to the above-described embodiment of the ornament and the stick toy and can improve the decorative effect. To be more specific, an additional sheet is stacked on the above-described sheet 1 while the positions of the coupling slits 12 are shifted from those of the sheet 1, and then the two sheets 1 are coupled to be formed into a ring while being reversed. That is, the ornament strips 13 are formed in the two sheets, respectively, in the same way as described above, and the positions of the coupling slits 12 of one sheet 1 are shifted from those of the coupling slits 12 of the other sheet 1, for example, by one-half of one ornament strip 13. Then, the two sheets 1 are coupled to be formed into a ring while being reversed, so that it is possible to reduce the distance between the ornament strips 13, and therefore to provide a beautiful shape. That is, a plurality of sheets 1 including the coupling slits formed at different positions are used to increase the number of ornament strips 13. It is preferred that the plurality of sheets 1 are wound from the coupling slits 12 to couple continuous regions 11 to the coupling members 2 at the same positions. If only one sheet 1 is used to make a sphere, it is may not possible to fill the gaps between the ornament strips 13 only by changing the width of each of the ornament strips 13. As a result, there has been a problem that, even though a delicate pattern is printed on the sheet 1, it is not possible to recognize the pattern. Therefore, the plurality of sheets 1 overlap one another such that the positions of the coupling slits 12 of one sheet 1 are shifted from those of the other sheet 1, and consequently it is possible to fill the gaps between the ornament strips 13 when the sheet 1 is formed into a sphere.

    [0030] Here, the configurations of the components of the ornament and the stick toy according to the above-described embodiments are merely examples and by no means limiting, and therefore can be modified and altered without deviating from the scope of the present invention. The scope of the invention is defined by the appended claims.

    REFERENCE SIGNS LIST



    [0031] 
    1
    sheet
    10
    slit
    11
    continuous region
    12, 23
    coupling slit
    13
    ornament strip
    2
    coupling member
    21, 31
    coupling protrusion
    24, 25, 34, 35
    through-hole
    3
    stopper plate
    32
    concave part
    33
    leg part
    4
    stick
    5
    fixture
    6
    snag-proof plate



    Claims

    1. A method of manufacturing an ornament comprising:

    providing a pair of continuous regions (11) facing one another in a flexible sheet (1);

    forming a plurality of slits (10) between the pair of continuous regions (11) to form a plurality of ornament strips (13), wherein the plurality of ornament strips (13) are separated from each other while both ends of the plurality of ornament strips (13) are integrally formed with the pair of continuous regions (11); and

    reversing the plurality of ornament strips (13) with respect to the pair of continuous regions (11) to place the pair of continuous regions (11) into the inside of the plurality of ornament strips (13) so that one surface of each of the pair of continuous regions (11) faces one surface of each of the plurality of ornament strips (13) and the plurality of ornament strips (13) radiate outward to form into an arc;

    characterized in that each of the pair of continuous regions (11) is coupled to be formed into a ring, wherein the rings are formed such that each ring has a central axis extending in the same direction, wherein the continuous regions (11) of the pair of continuous regions (11) are spaced from one another in the direction in which the central axis extends.


     
    2. The method of manufacturing an ornament according to claim 1, wherein a plurality of coupling slits (12) are formed in the pair of continuous regions (11), and a plurality of coupling protrusions (21) protruding from rims of coupling members (2) each having an approximately disk shape are fitted into the plurality of coupling slits (12), so that each of the pair of continuous regions (11) is coupled to be formed into the ring.
     
    3. An ornament comprising:

    a pair of continuous regions (11) provided in a flexible sheet (1) and facing one another;

    a plurality of ornament strips (13) having a plurality of slits being formed in the flexible sheet (1) between the pair of continuous regions (11), so that the plurality of ornament strips (13) are separated from each other while both ends of the plurality of ornament strips (13) are integrally formed with the pair of continuous regions (11),

    wherein the plurality of ornament strips (13) is reversed with respect to the pair of continuous regions (11) to place the pair of continuous regions (11) into the inside of the plurality of ornament strips (13) so that one surface of each the pair of continuous regions (11) faces one surface of each the plurality of ornament strips (13) and the plurality of ornament strips (13) radiate outward to form into an arc;

    characterized in that each of the pair of continuous regions (11) is coupled to be formed into a ring, wherein each respective ring has a central axis extending in the same direction, wherein the continuous regions (11) of the pair of continuous regions (11) are spaced from one another in the direction in which the central axis extends.


     
    4. The ornament according to claim 3, further comprising a pair of coupling members (2) each having an approximately disk shape and configured to couple the pair of continuous regions (11) to be formed into the ring, wherein:

    each of the pair of coupling members (2) includes a plurality of coupling protrusions (21) protruding from rims of the pair of coupling member (2);

    each of the pair of continuous regions (11) includes a plurality of coupling slits (12) into which the plurality of coupling protrusions (21) are fitted; and

    the plurality of coupling protrusions (21) are fitted into the plurality of coupling slits (12), so that each of the pair of continuous regions (11) is coupled to be formed into the ring.


     
    5. The ornament according to one of claim 3 and claim 4, wherein a picture or a pattern is printed on the flexible sheet (1).
     
    6. The ornament according to one of claim 3 to claim 5, wherein the ornament is used in a lampshade, a mobile or interior decoration.
     
    7. A stick toy comprising:

    the ornament according to any one of claims 4 to 6;

    a pair of stopper plates (3) spaced from the pair of coupling members (2) at a certain interval, and configured to sandwich the pair of coupling members (2) therebetween from the outside, each of the pair of stopper plates (3) having a diameter greater than that of each of the pair of coupling members (2);

    through-holes (24, 25; 34, 35) formed at an approximate center of each of the pair of coupling members (2) and the pair of stopper plates (3); and

    a stick (4) inserted into the through-holes (24, 25; 34, 35) and configured to fix one of the coupling members (2) at its top side and to movably hold the other coupling member (2),

    wherein the pair of stopper plates (3) is located outside of reversed plurality of ornament strips (13) to control a direction in which the plurality of ornament strips (13) spread.


     
    8. The stick toy according to claim 7, further comprising a snag-proof plate (6) located closer to the top of the stick (5) than the one of the coupling members (2) to prevent the plurality of ornament strips (13) from getting entangled.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Verfahren zum Herstellen eines Ornaments, umfassend:

    Vorsehen eines Paars kontinuierlicher Bereiche (11), einander in einer flexiblen Bahn (1) gegenüberliegend;

    Ausbilden einer Vielzahl von Schlitzen (10) zwischen dem Paar kontinuierlicher Bereiche (11), um eine Vielzahl von Ornamentstreifen (13) zu bilden, wobei die Vielzahl von Ornamentstreifen (13) voneinander getrennt sind, während beide Enden der Vielzahl von Ornamentstreifen (13) einstückig mit dem Paar kontinuierlicher Bereiche (11) ausgebildet sind; und

    Wenden der Vielzahl von Ornamentstreifen (13) bezüglich des Paars kontinuierlicher Bereiche (11), um das Paar kontinuierlicher Bereiche (11) in das Innere der Vielzahl von Ornamentstreifen (13) zu bringen, sodass eine Fläche jedes aus dem Paar kontinuierlicher Bereiche (11) einer Fläche jedes aus der Vielzahl von Ornamentstreifen (13) gegenüberliegt und die Vielzahl von Ornamentstreifen (13) nach außen verlaufen, um einen Bogen zu bilden;

    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass jeder aus dem Paar kontinuierlicher Bereiche (11) so gekoppelt wird, dass er zu einem Ring geformt wird, wobei die Ringe so geformt werden, dass jeder Ring eine Mittelachse aufweist, die sich in derselben Richtung erstreckt, wobei die kontinuierlichen Bereiche (11) des Paars kontinuierlicher Bereiche (11) in der Richtung einen Abstand voneinander aufweisen, in der sich die Mittelachse erstreckt.


     
    2. Verfahren zum Herstellen eines Ornaments nach Anspruch 1, wobei eine Vielzahl von Koppelschlitzen (12) in dem Paar kontinuierlicher Bereiche (11) ausgebildet ist und eine Vielzahl von Koppelvorsprüngen (21), die von Rändern von Koppelelementen (2) vorspringen, die jeweils eine annähernde Scheibenform aufweisen, in die Vielzahl von Koppelschlitzen (12) eingepasst wird, sodass jeder aus dem Paar kontinuierlicher Bereiche (11) so gekoppelt ist, dass er zum Ring geformt ist.
     
    3. Ornament, umfassend:

    ein Paar kontinuierlicher Bereiche (11), vorgesehen in einer flexiblen Bahn (1) und einander gegenüberliegend;

    eine Vielzahl von Ornamentstreifen (13) mit einer Vielzahl von Schlitzen, die in der flexiblen Bahn (1) zwischen dem Paar kontinuierlicher Bereiche (11) gebildet sind, sodass die Vielzahl von Ornamentstreifen (13) voneinander getrennt sind, während beide Enden der Vielzahl von Ornamentstreifen (13) einstückig mit dem Paar kontinuierlicher Bereiche (11) ausgebildet sind;

    wobei die Vielzahl von Ornamentstreifen (13) bezüglich des Paars kontinuierlicher Bereiche (11) gewendet ist, um das Paar kontinuierlicher Bereiche (11) in das Innere der Vielzahl von Ornamentstreifen (13) zu bringen, sodass eine Fläche jedes aus dem Paar kontinuierlicher Bereiche (11) einer Fläche jedes aus der Vielzahl von Ornamentstreifen (13) gegenüberliegt und die Vielzahl von Ornamentstreifen (13) nach außen verlaufen, um einen Bogen zu bilden;

    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass jeder aus dem Paar kontinuierlicher Bereiche (11) so gekoppelt ist, dass er zu einem Ring geformt ist, wobei jeder Ring eine Mittelachse aufweist, die sich in derselben Richtung erstreckt, wobei die kontinuierlichen Bereiche (11) des Paars kontinuierlicher Bereiche (11) einen Abstand voneinander in der Richtung aufweisen, in der sich die Mittelachse erstreckt.


     
    4. Ornament nach Anspruch 3, weiter umfassend: ein Paar von Koppelelementen (2), die jeweils eine annähernde Scheibenform aufweisen und ausgelegt sind, das Paar kontinuierlicher Bereiche (11), die zu einem Ring zu formen sind, zu koppeln, wobei:

    jedes aus dem Paar von Koppelelementen (2) eine Vielzahl von Koppelvorsprüngen (21) enthält, die von Rändern des Paars von Koppelelementen (2) vorspringt;

    jeder aus dem Paar kontinuierlicher Bereiche (11) eine Vielzahl von Koppelschlitzen (12) enthält, in die die Vielzahl von Koppelvorsprüngen (21) eingepasst ist; und

    die Vielzahl von Koppelvorsprüngen (21) in die Vielzahl von Koppelschlitzen (12) so eingepasst ist, dass jeder aus dem Paar kontinuierlicher Bereiche (11) so gekoppelt ist, dass er zum Ring geformt ist.


     
    5. Ornament nach einem von Anspruch 3 und Anspruch 4, wobei ein Bild oder ein Muster auf die flexible Bahn (1) gedruckt ist.
     
    6. Ornament nach einem von Anspruch 3 bis Anspruch 5, wobei das Ornament als ein Lampenschirm, ein Mobile oder eine Innendekoration benutzt wird.
     
    7. Stockspielzeug, umfassend:

    das Ornament nach einem beliebigen der Ansprüche 4 bis 6;

    ein Paar von Anschlagplatten (3) mit Abstand von dem Paar von Koppelelementen (2) in einem bestimmten Intervall und so ausgelegt, dass das Paar von Koppelelementen (2) von außen eingeschlossen ist, wobei jede aus dem Paar von Anschlagplatten (3) einen größeren Durchmesser aufweist als jedes aus dem Paar von Koppelelementen (2);

    Durchgangslöcher (24, 25; 34, 35), ausgebildet ungefähr in der Mitte jedes aus dem Paar von Koppelelementen (2) und dem Paar von Anschlagplatten (3); und

    einen Stock (4), gesteckt in die Durchgangslöcher (24, 25; 34, 35) und ausgelegt, eins der Koppelelemente (2) auf seiner Oberseite zu befestigen und das andere Koppelelement (2) beweglich zu halten,

    wobei sich das Paar von Anschlagplatten (3) außerhalb der gewendeten Vielzahl von Ornamentstreifen (13) befindet, um eine Richtung zu steuern, in die sich die Vielzahl von Ornamentstreifen (13) spreizt.


     
    8. Stockspielzeug nach Anspruch 7, weiter umfassend eine Verhakschutzplatte (6), befindlich näher zum oberen Ende des Stocks (5) als das eine der Koppelelemente (2), um zu verhindern, dass sich die Vielzahl von Ornamentstreifen (13) verfangen.
     


    Revendications

    1. Procédé pour fabriquer un ornement, comprenant les étapes suivantes :

    fournir une paire de régions continues (11) se faisant face mutuellement dans une feuille souple (1) ;

    former une pluralité de fentes (10) entre la paire de régions continues (11) pour former une pluralité de bandes d'ornement (13), dans lequel la pluralité de bandes d'ornement (13) sont séparées les unes des autres tandis que les deux extrémités de la pluralité de bandes d'ornement (13) sont formées intégralement avec la paire de régions continues (11) ; et

    inverser la pluralité de bandes d'ornement (13) par rapport à la paire de régions continues (11) pour placer la paire de régions continues (11) à l'intérieur de la pluralité de bandes d'ornement (13) de sorte qu'une surface de chacune de la paire de régions continues (11) fasse face à une surface de chacune de la pluralité de bandes d'ornement (13) et que la pluralité de bandes d'ornement (13) rayonnent vers l'extérieur pour former un arc ;

    caractérisé en ce que chacune de la paire de régions continues (11) est couplée pour être formée en un anneau, dans lequel les anneaux sont formés de sorte que chaque anneau ait un axe central s'étendant dans la même direction, dans lequel les régions continues (11) de la paire de régions continues (11) sont espacées les unes des autres dans la direction dans laquelle s'étend l'axe central.


     
    2. Procédé pour fabriquer un ornement selon la revendication 1, dans lequel une pluralité de fentes de couplage (12) sont formées dans la paire de régions continues (11), et une pluralité de saillies de couplage (21) faisant saillie d'arêtes de membres de couplage (2) ayant chacun approximativement une forme en disque sont ajustées dans la pluralité de fentes de couplage (12), de sorte que chacune de la paire de régions continues (11) soit couplée pour être formée en l'anneau.
     
    3. Ornement comprenant :

    une paire de régions continues (11) fournies dans une feuille souple (1) et se faisant face mutuellement ;

    une pluralité de bandes d'ornement (13) ayant une pluralité de fentes étant formées dans la feuille souple (1) entre la paire de régions continues (11), de sorte que la pluralité de bandes d'ornement (13) soient séparées les unes des autres alors que les deux extrémités de la pluralité de bandes d'ornement (13) sont formées intégralement avec la paire de régions continues (11),

    dans lequel la pluralité de bandes d'ornement (13) est inversée par rapport à la paire de régions continues (11) pour placer la paire de régions continues (11) à l'intérieur de la pluralité de bandes d'ornement (13) de sorte qu'une surface de chacune de la paire de régions continues (11) fasse face à une surface de chacune de la pluralité de bandes d'ornement (13) et que la pluralité de bandes d'ornement (13) rayonnent vers l'extérieur pour former un arc ;

    caractérisé en ce que chacune de la paire de régions continues (11) est couplée pour être formée en un anneau, dans lequel chaque anneau respectif a un axe central s'étendant dans la même direction, dans lequel les régions continues (11) de la paire de régions continues (11) sont espacées les unes des autres dans la direction dans laquelle s'étend l'axe central.


     
    4. Ornement selon la revendication 3, comprenant en outre une paire de membres de couplage (2) ayant chacun approximativement une forme en disque et configurés pour coupler la paire de régions continues (11) devant être formées en l'anneau, dans lequel :

    chacun de la paire de membres de couplage (2) comprend une pluralité de saillies de couplage (21) faisant saillie d'arêtes de la paire de membres de couplage (2) ;

    chacune de la paire de régions continues (11) comprend une pluralité de fentes de coulage (12) dans lesquelles la pluralité de saillies de coulage (21) sont ajustées ; et

    la pluralité de saillies de couplage (21) sont ajustée dans la pluralité de fentes de couplage (12), de sorte que chacune de la paire de régions continues (11) soit couplée pour être formée en l'anneau.


     
    5. Ornement selon l'une quelconque de la revendication 3 et de la revendication 4, dans lequel une image ou un motif est imprimé(e) sur la feuille souple (1).
     
    6. Ornement selon l'une quelconque de la revendication 3 à la revendication 5, dans lequel l'ornement est utilisé dans un abat-jour, une décoration mobile ou intérieure.
     
    7. Jouet en bâtonnet comprenant :

    l'ornement selon l'une quelconque des revendications 4 à 6 ;

    une paire de plaques d'arrêt (3) espacées de la paire de membres de couplage (2) à un certain intervalle, et configurées pour prendre en sandwich, entre elles, depuis l'extérieur, la paire de membres de couplage (2), chacune de la paire de plaques d'arrêt (3) ayant un diamètre supérieur à celui de chacun de la paire de membres de couplage (2) ;

    des trous traversants (24, 25 ; 34, 35) formés à un centre approximatif de chacun de la paire des membres de couplage (2) et de la paire des plaques d'arrêt (3) ; et

    un bâtonnet (4) inséré dans les trous traversants (24, 25 ; 34, 35) et configuré pour fixer l'un des membres de couplage (2) sur son côté supérieur et pour tenir de manière mobile l'autre membre de couplage (2),

    dans lequel la paire de plaques d'arrêt (3) est située à l'extérieur de la pluralité inversée de bandes d'ornement (13) pour contrôler une direction dans laquelle la pluralité de bandes d'ornement (13) s'étend.


     
    8. Jouet en bâtonnet selon la revendication 7, comprenant en outre une plaque anti-accrochage (6) située plus près du sommet du bâtonnet (5) que de celui des membres de couplage (2) pour empêcher la pluralité de bandes d'ornement (13) de s'emmêler.
     




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