55mm Safety Joints for Toy Making
A set of five (or 25) plastic 55mm safety joints to enable your creation have moving arms, legs and head. A pack of 5 will be enough to joint one bear (or a toy that has two arms, two legs and one head!) and a pack of 25 will be enough for 5 bears/dolls/etc.
The diameter of the larger disks is 55mm and the length of the plastic ‘pin’ is 20mm. The diameter of the ‘pin’ is 8mm.
Each joint is made up of three pieces: one plastic disk with a ridged pin (which sits on one side of the joint), another plastic disk with a hole (which sits on the other side of the joint and connects onto the ridged pin) and a smaller locking disk which goes on to the pin last and holds the joint in place.
Because the joints need to be firmly secured, it is a tight fit to attach the locking disk and you need a bit of strength to push it on! If you are struggling, two things that can help with this are the Safety Eye Insertion Tool or by soaking the joint in hot water for a minute before inserting.
The joints are all washable and conform to British Toy Regulation Safety Standard EN71 Part 3.
To see how to insert safety joints, why not take a look at our ‘How to do it’ videos!