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Vintage Glucose Molecule Model Wooden Balls Metal Springs Atomic Sculpture

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My husband and I are such science geeks. Not only has science education been our bread and butter for most of our lives, but it has also been a passion and fascination! As the field of science becomes more up to date, older educational models become passe. If we're lucky, we end up in the right place at the right time, and often find ourselves on the receiving end of outdated equipment.

Such was the case with this vintage classroom set of atoms. The atoms are represented by wooden balls, their bonds are metal springs. We all know atoms are made of molecules,
and this is a model molecule of glucose, a sugar - H6O12C6!

[[***All of my molecule models are made by me, out of vintage materials***]]

Up till now, I've been ignoring my husband's pleas to make "real" molecules. But why?? I have been perfectly happy creating my own little...magic molecules!! So, this is my first "real"one! But, the future owner of this model can immediately take it apart, and recreate a new molecule or molecules to suit their style! The connectors are all made of stainless steel springs; some are singular, some are double, for creating single and double bonds between the atoms.

This collection of atoms is smaller than most. They were meant to used by Organic Chemistry students to create molecular models, as opposed to the instructor using them as demonstration models. Atoms from demo models are at least an inch or more in diameter, making a molecule that can easily be seen from the back of the lab. These student models are much smaller, with each atom measuring only 3/4 of an inch in diameter.

The total space this model takes up is only 6 1/2" X 6 1/2" X 4 1/2". Perfect size for gracing a bookshelf of old science texts, hanging as a colorful window ornament, or simply adorning your desk.

I have quite a few more of these old beauties that I will be adding to my shop in the months to come, so check back often! And, if you have more questions that I can answer, please feel free to contact me! Thanks for stopping by..

ALSO- Please read my policy section before making your purchase. All sales are final, and I will combine multiple purchases to reduce shipping costs.

Peace, Kathy

Vintage Glucose Molecule Model Wooden Balls Metal Springs Atomic Sculpture


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: stainless steel springs, wood, paint
  • Only ships within United States.
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