Put a spring in your step – with an old fashioned slinky!

A slinky is fun at any age!

Spring is Terri’s theme for Sunday Stills this week. As we are settling into Autumn down here, it was suggested to me (by Terri herself) to ‘just use the play on words (like a literal spring) or isn’t it the autumnal equinox in your part of the world where you can spring into fall? I’m sure you will choose something very clever Debbie!’ I like Terri’s faith in me!

I discussed my ‘spring‘ dilemma with my husband, and then my sister, before deciding to use a slinky, which is literally a spring. With my creativity juices a bit depleted, my sister came to the rescue with lots of ideas and props. She’s a top notch photographer and is always willing to help me learn new tricks. We enjoyed a pleasant afternoon shooting my new friend Slinky, with some great results. My sister also helped me with the editing process, so it turned into a mini-photography lesson. Thanks so much Sharon!

Slinky is a toy precompressed helical spring invented by Richard James in the early 1940s. It can perform a number of tricks, including travelling down a flight of steps end-over-end as it stretches and re-forms itself with the aid of gravity and its own momentum, or appear to levitate for a period of time after it has been dropped.


Here are some of my favourite photos.

Slinky au naturel:

Slinky on orange:

Slinky on blue:

The process:

I searched a few toy shops in Hawthorn (Melbourne), and bought a Magic Spring for just a few dollars.

We shot outside using coloured cardboard as a backdrop, or cyclorama, ensuring the shadows and light weren’t interfering too much with the shot. I used both a normal and a macro lens to shoot these and we edited them in Lightroom.

I enjoyed the interesting shadows created by the light and the effects of the slinky. In total it probably took us about an hour or so with discussion along the way and more helpful explanations while we edited. It was a fun way to be creative together and I love learning new skills.

So there you go, spring doesn’t have to be all about flowers, busy bees and warm sunshine, with a bit of thought it can be a creative experiment with interesting results.

I now have a new toy to play with and I found out how the slinky came into being in the first place back in 1943 – so win/win! And as Terri suggested, I’m springing into autumn as well!! Proof you’re never too old to play with a slinky or learn new tricks 🙂

Put a spring in your step

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Have a great week ahead. Put a spring in your step!


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  One thought on “Put a spring in your step – with an old fashioned slinky!

  1. March 24, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Hi Deb and happy Sunday! Who didn’t have a slinky as a kid and they are even popular today. I am so impressed with your photography and knowledge about lighting etc. I just click the iPhone and shoot and that is probably the reason you are the photography guru and I’m not! Have a great day. xx

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    • March 24, 2019 at 9:58 pm

      Apparently Leanne didn’t have a slinky as a kid!! (See her comment). My sister is the real guru and did a great job helping me. Thanks for your lovely comment.


    • March 25, 2019 at 10:06 am

      My children love slinkys but they are also good at breaking them. Interesting post.

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  2. March 24, 2019 at 11:42 am

    Great job, Deb! I loved to play with my slinky when I was young. Never thought of one as a photographic subject though.

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    • March 24, 2019 at 9:57 pm

      It was a real moment when I decided to go with the Magic Spring slinky and I’m really happy with the results. Thanks for your kind words.

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  3. March 24, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Great photos Deb!!

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  4. March 24, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    This is seriously awesome photography….and great information! Made me feel like a kid again! 🙂

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    • March 24, 2019 at 9:55 pm

      Thanks so much Donna, it really was fun to get creative with my sister. Love the shots and I’ve now got a new slinky to play with!!


  5. March 24, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Loved the iridescence in the last pic Deb. When I was a child I longed for a slinky and never got one. I did buy one for my own kids though to make up for it!

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    • March 24, 2019 at 9:54 pm

      Thanks Leanne, it was such fun to work with my sister and do something a bit different. I’m glad you got to play with a slinky despite not having one as a child. I’ve got a new one now 😊


  6. March 24, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    How clever, to think of slinky when prompted by Spring! I loved my Slinky as a child, especially making it go down long stair cases.

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    • March 24, 2019 at 9:52 pm

      Thanks Heidi! I was wondering how I could best represent ‘spring’ and decided to just go literal. I’m glad it worked out so well. Thanks for sharing your memories of your childhood fun with a slinky, I think we’ve all had them walk down the stairs!


  7. March 24, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    So much fun! I spend many the Sunday unmuddling the slinky.

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  8. March 24, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    I would have a hard time coming up with “spring” the season here as we practically go from winter to summer. No joke. I didn’t know the slinky had been around since 1940s. WOW.

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    • March 25, 2019 at 10:40 pm

      Yes I learnt a lot when researching the humble slinky! Even how it was invented was an interesting story, they’ve been around for decades and are still popular 🙂 . Hope your weather improves soon.


  9. Cheryl
    March 25, 2019 at 1:07 am

    My husband has a couple of Spiderman slinkys (Spiderman is his obsession!). I love slinkys, they’re such good, innocent fun and they bring back many happy childhood memories! 🙂

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    • March 25, 2019 at 10:39 pm

      Wow, a Spiderman slinky – who knew?? I loved having a play with my new slinky and yes they bring back lots of childhood memories. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.


  10. March 25, 2019 at 2:44 am

    I knew you would come up with a clever post, Debbie, love the artful images and post! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

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    • March 25, 2019 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks again Terri, it was great fun and I’m so lucky my sister was able to help out.

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  11. Nancy
    March 25, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Creative ideas, Deb, for both the theme and the photos! Loved my Slinky…and they were stocking stuffers for my kids at Christmas one year as I recall!

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    • March 25, 2019 at 10:37 pm

      Yes I think slinkys were a great stocking filler over the years Nancy. Thanks for the compliment, it’s always fun trying to think outside the square and my sister is very creative.


  12. March 25, 2019 at 11:35 am

    I find the blue slinky shots almost hypnotic. Who knew the slinky was from the 40’s. I always assumed it was new when we discovered them in the 60s. Great post.

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    • March 25, 2019 at 10:34 pm

      Thanks Marie, the shapes in the blue photos are some of my favourites too. I learnt a lot about the humble slinky and so it was a fun post to write in many ways 🙂


  13. Dee | Grammy's Grid
    March 25, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Loved playing with a slinky as a kid, they’re even fun now!

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    • March 25, 2019 at 10:33 pm

      They are great fun Dee, I’m now putting it aside for my granddaughter to play with!


  14. March 25, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Who doesn’t love a slinky old or young so much fun…I love the autumnal image and also that last one on blue…All great images 🙂 x

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  15. Jo
    March 25, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Slinkies make me smile – and I’m loving the effects you got from the backgrounds and techniques.

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    • March 25, 2019 at 10:31 pm

      Thanks Jo, it was incredibly easy to get these effects, once I was shown how anyway!! Just a piece of cardboard curved over! I had a lot of fun playing around and that’s what it’s all about!


  16. Min Write of the Middle
    March 25, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    I like how you took the literal approach to the word SPRING! I had a slinky when I was little and I was absolutely fascinated with it! Love the photography here. I have Photoshop and Lightroom and even a macro lens too. Love photography … but don’t get into as much as I used to. I think my favourite of your slinky shots is the 3rd slinky on orange shot! Have a great week Deb! 🙂

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    • March 26, 2019 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks so much Min! I loved playing around and being creative. My sister was a source of inspiration and it was fun doing it together. I’m learning new things all the time.


  17. March 26, 2019 at 12:52 am

    Love these!

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  18. March 27, 2019 at 7:01 am

    What a very creative take on the theme. And gosh this brought back lots of memories of slinkies from when my kids were little. They never looked quite so appealing though. Great photography Deb. And bonus, now you have a new toy to play with!

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    • March 29, 2019 at 6:59 pm

      Thanks Miriam, the creative thought was fun! yes I now have a new toy to play with 🙂

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  19. March 27, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    SprUng! Well-done on the interpretation. The best slinky is a metal one. I loved the one that was mandala shaped. Good on you, and your sister….playing and creating together! The best fun, Hope she is going OK.

    Thank you for linking up for #LifeThisWeek Next week’s optional prompt: April Is About. Denyse

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    • March 29, 2019 at 9:47 am

      Yes I agree metal a slinky is the best sort. It was a good ‘outside the square’ moment when I thought of the slinky for the theme of spring. 😊

      Sharon is slowly improving and we’ve had a mix of easy days & doing things but not overdoing it.


  20. March 29, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    These are great slinky shots. I love the last one.

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