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Title:
BEAD
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2017/205904
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A bead (10) comprising first and second members (12, 14) pivotally secured adjacent first sides (16) thereof such that the first and second members (12, 14) are pivotable between a closed position and an open position. First and second openings (28) are defined between the first and second side members (12, 14) when in the closed position. A first resilient pad (33) is provided on the first side surface of the first member (12) and a second resilient pad (35) on the first side surface of the second member (14). The first and second resilient pads (33. 35) include complementary ridges (42) on adjacent inner surfaces (40) such that when the first and second members (12, 14) are in the closed position, the ridges (42) engage to deflect the hair (11) passing through the bead (10) from the first opening (28) to the second opening (28).

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Inventors:
LITTERICK, Kelly Anne (11 Daly Circle, Langford, Western Australia 6147, 6147, AU)
KHOURY, Edward Joseph (19 Scouler Way, Bateman, Western Australia 6150, 6150, AU)
Application Number:
AU2017/050495
Publication Date:
December 07, 2017
Filing Date:
May 26, 2017
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
HAIR CHARMS BY KELA PTY LTD (11 Daly Circle, Langford, Western Australia 6147, 6147, AU)
International Classes:
A45D8/00; A41G5/00
Foreign References:
US20130186424A12013-07-25
US20070144551A12007-06-28
US20140311520A12014-10-23
DE3028470A11982-03-04
US20130233337A12013-09-12
GB2207047A1989-01-25
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
HOLLIDAY, Neal Joseph (PO Box 3099, Broadway Nedlands, Western Australia 6009, 6009, AU)
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Claims:
Claims

1 . A bead comprising:

first member and second members pivotally secured adjacent first sides thereof such that the first and second members are pivotable between a closed position, in which a second side of the first member is located adjacent a second side of the second member, and an open position in which the second sides of the first and second members have moved away from each other;

a first and second openings defined between the first and second side members when in the closed position;

a first resilient pad provided on a first surface of the first member; and a second resilient pad provided on an adjacent first surface of the second member;

wherein the first and second resilient pads include complementary ridges on adjacent inner surfaces such that when the first and second members are in the closed position, the ridges engage to deflect the hair passing through the bead from the first opening to the second opening.

2. A bead in accordance with claim 1 , wherein the ridges extend from adjacent the first side of the first and second members to adjacent the second side of the first and second members.

3. A bead in accordance with claim 2, wherein the ridges are arcuate in transverse cross section such that the inner surface of each of the first and second resilient pads comprises corrugations extending transversely to an axis passing centrally through the first and second openings.

4. A bead in accordance with claim 2, wherein the first member comprises a hemispherical first shell and the second member comprises a hemispherical second shell such that the first surfaces of the first and second shells are concave in shape and opposed second surfaces are convex in shape.

5. A bead in accordance with claim 3, wherein each of the first and second resilient pads includes an outer surface which is convex in shape to be received into the concave first surface of the first or second shell.

6. A bead in accordance with claim 5, wherein the first and second resilient pads are secured to the first surfaces of the first and second shells by pegs extending outwardly from the first surfaces to be received in corresponding holes in the outer surfaces of the first and second resilient pads.

7. A bead in accordance with any one of the preceding claims, wherein the first and second resilient pads are constructed of a silicone material.

8. A bead in accordance with any one of the preceding claims, wherein end surfaces of the first and second resilient pads are each concave prior to engagement together such that as the first and second resilient pads are pressed together, the upper and lower end surfaces bulge outwardly, due to the resilient nature of the material, to become generally planar.

9. A bead in accordance with any one of the preceding claims, wherein each of the first and second shells includes recessed portions adjacent opposed ends thereof such that the recessed portions define circular first and second openings when the bead is in the closed position. 10. A bead in accordance with any one of the preceding claims, wherein the bead includes a latch mechanism such that the latch mechanism holds the first and second members in the closed position.

1 1 . A bead in accordance with claim 10, wherein the latch member comprises an elongate member having a first end received in a first slot provided on an inner surface of the first shell adjacent the second side and a protruding second end receivable in a second slot provided on an inner surface of the second shell.

12. A bead in accordance with claim 1 1 , wherein the second end of the latch member includes a protruding portion on an outer side thereof provided to resiliently engage in a corresponding notch provided in the second slot when the bead is moved to the closed position.

13. A bead in accordance with any one of the preceding claims, wherein the pivotal connection between the first sides is provided by a hinge mechanism comprising one or more first barrels provided on the first member adjacent the first side thereof and one or more second barrels provided on the second member adjacent the first side 16 thereof, the first and second barrels including alignable apertures to receive a pin.

14. A bead in accordance with any one of the preceding claims, wherein the bead includes a connector on an outer surface thereof to which the end of a cord may be secured such that the cord can extend between a pair of beads.

15. A bead in accordance with claim 14, wherein the connector comprises a loop extending outwardly from the second surface of the first shell.

Description:
"BEAD"

Field of the Invention

[001 ] The present invention relates to a bead to be secured to hair.

Background to the Invention

[002] It is known for people to secure beads to their hair in order to enhance their appearance. A common method of securing such beads to hair is to simply thread a number of strands of hair through a central hole provided with the bead. While such a method produces reasonable results, the process of individually threading sections of hair through the beads and then securing the beads in place can be a time consuming exercise.

[003] The present invention relates to a bead to be secured to the hair. The bead of the present invention is constructed to allow easy connection to provide a firm grip on the hair so that the bead remains in place.

Summary of the Invention

[004] According to one aspect of the present invention there is provided a bead comprising:

first member and second members pivotally secured adjacent first sides thereof such that the first and second members are pivotable between a closed position, in which a second side of the first member is located adjacent a second side of the second member, and an open position in which the second sides of the first and second members have moved away from each other;

a first and second openings defined between the first and second side members when in the closed position; a first resilient pad provided on a first surface of the first member; and a second resilient pad provided on an adjacent first surface of the second member;

wherein the first and second resilient pads include complementary ridges on adjacent inner surfaces such that when the first and second members are in the closed position, the ridges engage to deflect the hair passing through the bead from the first opening to the second opening.

[005] Preferably the ridges extend from adjacent the first side of the first and second members to adjacent the second side of the first and second members.

[006] Preferably the ridges are arcuate in transverse cross section such that the inner surface of each of the first and second resilient pads comprises corrugations extending transversely to an axis passing centrally through the first and second openings.

[007] In a preferred embodiment, the first member comprises a hemispherical first shell and the second member comprises a hemispherical second shell such that the first surfaces of the first and second shells are concave in shape and opposed second surfaces are convex in shape.

[008] Preferably each of the first and second resilient pads includes an outer surface which is convex in shape to be received into the concave first surface of the first or second shell.

[009] Preferably the first and second resilient pads are secured to the first surfaces of the first and second shells by pegs extending outwardly from the first surfaces to be received in corresponding holes in the outer surfaces of the first and second resilient pads.

[010] In a preferred embodiment, the first and second resilient pads are constructed of a silicone material.

[01 1 ] Preferably end surfaces of the first and second resilient pads are each concave prior to engagement together such that as the first and second resilient pads are pressed together, the upper and lower end surfaces bulge outwardly, due to the resilient nature of the material, to become generally planar.

[012] Preferably each of the first and second shells includes recessed portions adjacent opposed ends thereof such that the recessed portions define circular first and second openings when the bead is in the closed position.

[013] In a preferred embodiment, the bead includes a latch mechanism such that the latch mechanism holds the first and second members in the closed position.

[014] Preferably the latch member comprises an elongate member having a first end received in a first slot provided on an inner surface of the first shell adjacent the second side and a protruding second end receivable in a second slot provided on an inner surface of the second shell.

[015] In one embodiment, the second end of the latch member includes a protruding portion on an outer side thereof provided to resiliently engage in a corresponding notch provided in the second slot when the bead is moved to the closed position.

[016] Preferably the pivotal connection between the first sides is provided by a hinge mechanism comprising one or more first barrels provided on the first member adjacent the first side thereof and one or more second barrels provided on the second member adjacent the first side 16 thereof, the first and second barrels including alignable apertures to receive a pin.

[017] In one embodiment, the bead includes a connector on an outer surface thereof to which the end of a cord may be secured such that the cord can extend between a pair of beads.

[018] Preferably the connector comprises a loop extending outwardly from the second surface of the first shell. Brief Description of the Drawings

[019] The invention will now be described, by way of example, with reference to the following drawings, in which:

[020] Figure 1 a is an upper perspective view of a bead in accordance with the present invention in a closed position;

[021 ] Figure 1 b is an upper perspective view of the bead of Figure 1 a in an open position;

[022] Figure 2 is an exploded view of the bead of Figure 1 ;

[023] Figure 3a is a first side view of the bead of Figure 1 ;

[024] Figure 3b is a front cross sectional view of the bead of Figure 1 ;

[025] Figure 3c is a second side view of the bead of Figure 1 ;

[026] Figure 3d is a top view of the bead of Figure 1 ;

[027] Figure 3e is a close up view of Detail A of Figure 3d;

[028] Figure 4a is an upper perspective view of the bead in the closed position;

[029] Figure 4b is an upper perspective view of the bead in the open position;

[030] Figure 4c is an upper perspective view of the bead receiving hair in the open position;

[031 ] Figure 4d is an upper perspective view of the bead moved to the closed position, thereby clamping the hair;

[032] Figure 5a is a lower perspective view of the bead of Figure 1 in the open position;

[033] Figure 5b is an upper perspective view of the bead of Figure 1 in the open position;

[034] Figure 5c is a top view of the bead of Figure 1 in the closed position;

[035] Figure 6a is a side view showing the engagement between the ridges of the resilient pads;

[036] Figure 6b is a side view of hair engaged between the resilient pads of the bead;

[037] Figure 7a is front view of a second embodiment of a bead in accordance with the present invention; [038] Figure 7b is a side view of the bead of Figure 7a;

[039] Figure 8a is a first upper perspective view of the bead of Figure 7;

[040] Figure 8b is a second upper perspective view of the bead of Figure 7; and

[041 ] Figure 9 is a view of a cord connecting between two of the beads of Figure 7.

Detailed Description of Preferred Embodiments

[042] Referring to the Figures, there is shown a bead 10 comprising a first member 12 and a second member 14. The first and second members 12 and 14 are pivotally connected to each other such that the first and second members 12 and 14 are moveable between a closed position (as shown in Figure 1 a) and an open position (as shown in Figure 1 b).

[043] The first and second members 12 and 14 are moved to the open position to receive a portion of hair 1 1 and then moved to the closed position to engage the hair 1 1 and thereby secure the bead 10 relative to the hair 1 1 . In the closed position, first surfaces 18 of each of the first and second members 12 and 14 are moved towards each other. The first surfaces 18 of the first and second members 12 and 14 move away from each other as the bead 10 moves to the open position.

[044] In the embodiment shown, the first member 12 comprises a hemispherical first shell 13 and the second member 14 comprises a hemispherical second shell 15. The first surfaces 18 of the first and second shells 13 and 15 are therefore concave in shape and opposed second surfaces 19 are convex in shape. In the closed position, the first surfaces 18 of the first and second shells 13 and 15 define a generally spherical chamber. The second surfaces 19 in the closed position define a generally spherical outer wall of the bead 10.

[045] The first and second members 12 and 14 are pivotally connected adjacent first sides 16 thereof. The pivotal connection between the first sides 16 is provided by a hinge mechanism. In the embodiment shown, the hinge mechanism comprises one or more first barrels 20 provided on the first member 12 adjacent the first side 16 thereof and one or more second barrels 22 provided on the second member 14 adjacent the first side 16 thereof. In the embodiment shown, there is provided a single first barrel 20 and a pair of second barrels 22 such that, in use, the first barrel 20 is received between the second barrels 22.

[046] When the first sides 16 of the first and second members 12 and 14 are located adjacent each other, the first and second barrels 20 and 22 align to define a common aperture through which a pin 24 is received. The first and second members 12 and 14 pivot about the pin 24 to form the pivotal connection.

[047] Each of the first and second shells 13 and 15 includes recessed portions 26 adjacent opposed upper and lower ends thereof. The recessed portions 26 are generally semicircular such that the recessed portions 26 adjacent upper ends of the first and second shells 13 and 15 define a circular first opening 28a when the bead 10 is in the closed position and the recessed portions 26 adjacent lower ends of the first and second shells 13 and 15 define a circular second opening 28b when the bead is in the closed position.

[048] The bead 10 includes also a latch mechanism such that the latch mechanism holds the first and second members 12 and 14 in the closed position. In the embodiment shown, the latch mechanism comprises a latch member 30. The latch member 30 is secured to the first shell 13 adjacent a second side 17 thereof. The latch member 30 comprises an elongate member having a first end 60 received in a first slot 64 provided on an inner surface of the first shell 13 adjacent the second side 17.

[049] The latch member 30 includes also a second end 62 which protrudes beyond the second side 17 of the first shell 13. The second side 17 of the second shell 15 includes a second slot 65 provided on an inner surface thereof for receiving the second end 62 of the latch member 30. The second end 62 of the latch member 30 includes a protruding portion 66 on an outer side thereof provided to resiliently engage in a corresponding notch 32 provided in the second slot 65 when the bead 10 is moved to the closed position.

[050] The first member 12 is provided with a first resilient pad 33 and the second member 14 is provided with a second resilient pad 35. Each of the first and second resilient pads 33 and 35 is arranged to be received against the first surface 18 of the corresponding first or second shell 13 or 15. Each of the first and second resilient pads 33 and 35 therefore includes an outer surface 36 which is convex in shape to be received into the concave first surface 18 of the first or second shell 13 or 15. Each of the first and second resilient pads 33 and 35 is constructed of a suitably resilient material, such as silicone.

[051 ] The first and second resilient pads 33 and 35 are secured to the first surfaces 18 of the first and second shells 13 and 15. In the embodiment shown, the first surfaces 18 are provided with pegs 38 extending outwardly therefrom. The pegs 38 are received in corresponding holes 39 in the outer surfaces 36 of the first and second resilient pads 33 and 35 to secure the first and second resilient pads 33 and 35 to the first and second shells 13 and 15.

[052] Opposed inner surfaces 40 of each of the first and second resilient pads 33 and 35 comprise complementary mating surfaces. That is, the inner surface 40 of the first resilient pad 33 includes one or more protruding portions which are received in corresponding recessed portions in the inner surface 40 of the second resilient pad 35. In the embodiment shown, the protruding portions comprise ridges 42 extending generally from adjacent the first sides 16 of the first and second members 12 and 14 to adjacent the second sides 17. That is, the ridges 42 extend perpendicular to the direction hair would pass through the bead 10 from the first opening 28a to the second opening 28b.

[053] In the embodiment shown, the ridges 42 are arcuate in transverse cross section such that the inner surface 40 of each of the first and second resilient pads 33 and 35 comprises corrugations extending transversely to an axis passing centrally through the first and second openings 28a and 28b. [054] The first and second resilient pads 33 and 35 include also upper and lower end surfaces 44. The upper end surfaces 44 of the first and second resilient pads 33 and 35 are each concave, prior to engagement of the first and second members 12 and 14. The lower end surfaces 44 of the first and second resilient pads 33 and 35 are also concave, prior to engagement of the first and second members 12 and 14. As the first and second members 12 and 14 are secured together, the first and second resilient pads 33 and 35 are pressed together and the upper and lower end surfaces 44 bulge outwardly, due to the resilient nature of the material, to become generally planar.

[055] In use, the beads 10 are moved from the closed position (as shown in Figure 4a) to the open position (as shown in Figure 4b) to receive hair 1 1. A portion of hair 1 1 is then placed between the first and second members 12 and 14 (as shown in Figure 4c) and the first and second members 12 and 14 pressed back to the closed position (as shown in Figure 4d).

[056] In the closed position, the resilient pads 33 and 35 are pressed together and thereby apply force to clamp the hair 1 1 . The clamping force applied, the gripping nature of the resilient material and the fact the hair 1 1 changes direction as it passes over the ridges 42 as it extends through the bead 10 (as shown in Figure 6b) all act to resist sliding movement of the bead 10 relative to the hair 1 1 . The bead 10 is therefore relatively easily and securely attached to the hair 1 1 . The outer surfaces 19 of the shells 13 and 15 may be provided with various colourings and/or ornamentation to enhance the appearance of the hair 1 1 to which the bead 10 is attached.

[057] Figures 7 to 9 show a second embodiment of a bead 10 in accordance with the present invention. The bead 10 is similar to the embodiment of Figures 1 to 6 and like reference numerals are used to denote like parts.

[058] The bead 10 of Figures 5 to 7 includes a connector 50 on an outer surface thereof. The connector 50 comprises a loop 52 extending outwardly from the second surface 19 of the first shell 13. The loop 52 is located adjacent the recessed portion 26 such that the loop 52 extends away from the second surface 19 adjacent the opening 28a. [059] The loop 52 is provided for connection to a cord 54 (as can be seen in Figure 9). The cord 54 comprises a flexible elongate member of a suitable material having looped ends 56. The looped ends 56 may be connected through the loops 52 of a pair of beads 10 as shown.

[060] The cord 54 may comprise a ribbon or other ornamental band which can be wound around or through the hair. Ornaments such as attachable charms may also be secured to the cord 54

[061 ] It will be readily apparent to persons skilled in the relevant arts that various modifications and improvements may be made to the foregoing embodiments, in addition to those already described, without departing from the basic inventive concepts of the present invention.