Last May, I became an uncle once again after a 30 year "drought." (Father: 52, Mother: 48, first marriage and first baby for both!)
I am looking for good sources of supply for the following, so I can build "heirloom" toys for my nephew. Here is what I am looking for:
* Bright, shiny, non-toxic, ultra-durable, primary color paints. Do I need a clear coat, too?
* Metal rods for axles, etc. (Stainless steel?)
* Small non-pinching springs for insect antennae, flexible connections, etc.
* Whatever glue will hold the springs and axles to wood.
* Your recommendations for the best wood for "heirloom" toys. Maple? Birch? Something else?
The metal parts should be non-toxic, non-rusting, non-corroding, etc. Here are examples of the kind of toys I would like to make, but with my own designs, of course:
(Sadly, Kouvalias Toys is no longer in business, as far as I can tell.)
In addition, can you suggest the best wood for "heirloom" toys? Maple? Birch? Something else?