Against clothing with a low coefficient of friction, the badge usually levels itself using the energy imparted to it by routine body movements.
During shows, such movements include whipping around to catch visitors (more often than not, 7-11 year old boys) blatantly ignoring the "Please don't touch" signs plastered all over the display. (Distracted parenting is epidemic at LEGOŽ shows these days, but don't get me started.)
If the badge fails to right itself, follow this emergency procedure:
1. Lean forward till the badge swings free. Female users should expect to lean more.
2. Jiggle a bit to overcome the static friction in the chain and gear bearings and let gravity work its magic. (Violent head-bobbing to a favorite Death Metal tune is particularly effective here, but many visitors find this less attractive if not off-putting.)
3. Resume an upright posture to stabilize the leveled badge.
4. To enhance badge stability, throw out the chest as well. (This also puts forth a more confident demeanor and improves spinal alignment.)
Quoting Johan van der Pluijm
Interesting gadget. These shows, are there lots of them? I am looking for a holiday destination, but I cant find one...
Thanks, Johan! I mostly exhibit at local and regional shows in conjunction with the Denver (Colorado, USA) LEGO User Group (DENLUG, http://www.denlug.net). As for LEGO-related holiday destinations in the US, you can't go wrong with BrickWorld in Chicago on June 17-19, 2016. (This is the biggest annual AFOL convention in the US.) The good and bad news: DENLUG's putting on a big display at Denver Comic Con that same weekend.
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
Hahaha, awesome build Jeremy! It definitely looks like it would cement your status as a technical LEGO guy, no doubt about that. Very cool idea, and fun write up to boot.
Ah, so the badge is working! Thanks for the kind words, Luke.