Experiment in sweets. Making a Cotton Candy Machine. #1: In the beginning...

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 08-02-2014 08:57 PM 1735 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Oh boy…. I’m posting this but if it doesn’t work I’ll be eating it instead of cotton candy for sure. We have a family gathering at my place on the lake (hence, craftsman on the lake) each year. This year I got it into my head that I’m going to make a cotton candy machine. Will it work? I dunno. But I’ll try. It’s mechanical but with a lot of wood so….

Just using scraps around the shop. Old plywood, white melamine board, cutoffs, etc. the only thing I’m purchasing that I didn’t have was a small 3600 rpm motor. got it from Amazon for $12. Looks like an a record turntable motor of yesteryear if anyone remembers those. Ah well, here goes.

My thoughts are that if I can get a can (tuna in this case) spinning fast with sugar in it being heated by a heat gun, I can get it to melt and shoot out tiny holes in the lower edge of the sides of the can. Surround that by a cylinder made of flashing and maybe I can roll a paper cone, swirl it in the unit and collect some cotton candy.

That’s the plan anyway. So, nothing fancy; scraps and throwing it together in case this is just a waste of time. I’ll let you know either way.

I started out with the bottom and the top that will form and hold the flashing into a cylinder. The flashing will be rolled around the bottom edge and tacked to it. The ring that was left over from making the circular disk will be mounted to plywood and the inside edge will be what the flashing is nailed to on the top edge. I hope that makes sense.


The bottom disk mounted to the plywood frame and the motor cutout made with motor mounted to the bottom.

Here you can see the motor and the second cutout for the heat gun along with the beginnings of a stand for it.

The tuna can mounted to a piece of maple. A hole through the center will handle attaching it to the long shaft of the motor.


Here it is on the motor. It spins fast but has no discernible vibration. Next to do the flashing cylinder surround. Some wiring with switches and I think I’ll have to go and buy a tiny drill. All the ones that I’v had are broken.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 08-02-2014 09:43 PM

Rube Goldberg would be proud. You need a nut machine to go with it. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#2 posted 08-02-2014 10:56 PM

Ha.. I don’t need a nut machine… I think I’m it sometimes!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 08-02-2014 11:17 PM

thats a cotton picking good try there if nothing else ,hope it works .it looks to be a fun project

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#4 posted 08-02-2014 11:29 PM

Sometimes I feel like a nut, sometimes I am a nut

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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