humming tops

Humming top, made from two large flat bottomed cone shaped seeds, and a circular "washer". One seed, used as the base of the object has a cylinder stick attached to it extending upwards. On this stick is placed the flat circular washer with a hole through the centre. The second, larger seed, also has a hole drilled through it, allowing it to be placed onto the stick. The second seed has a further hole drilled into the side, when this is spun it makes the "humming" noise.

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