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Josho
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I'd like to start making my own n**l writers, in the form that Lee Earle discusses in Syzyzgy on Swami. Its construction is based on a metal guitar pick. But Earle references a specific rivet made by Tandy that I believe is no longer available. I'm wondering if anybody else out there is making this style of writer, and, if so, what rivet -- or other arrangement -- they're using to grip the lead.

Many thanks for any direction.

Josh
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Hi Josh,

I have not used or made this style, but based on your description, I think I can visualize it, and am wondering if another type of rivet would work? If you do Google searches for both copper and brass rivets, you'll find many types available. If the gimmick needs to be soldered both of those metals work nicely.

I'd start by checking a local hardware store.
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tabman
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We used to make them out of metal finger picks for a finger swami. This was in the 70s. National finger picks have a hole already in the right spot. A rivet and some epoxy and some finger colored paint and there you go. I hadnt thought about a thumb pick but I like the finger pick swamis.
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I would think that if you took a pop rivit and remove the nail portion the opposite way that a rivit gun takes it out, all you would have to do is use some carzy glue and bibbity bobbity boo ... one gimmick.
Josho
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Many thanks, all! Lee Earle was kind enough to send me a link to the rivet he was talking about. Tabman, he used a finger pick, but pried it apart a little to fit it on the thumb. I'm going finger-pick shopping tomorrow, I'll look for the National brand.

Gonna make a big bunch of these. Now I have to find flesh-colored paint.

Josh
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Design Masters used to sell a manequin paint that was pretty good. You will have to order a case of it through a craft or floral supply store.

George Kirkendall used to use an expoy paint when he made his reels and writer. Gets hard as all get out. Very durable. I think he had it custom mixed at an automotive store.

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Josho
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Interesting! I'll have to look into that. The idea of that kind of durability is very appealing.
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On 2010-01-25 22:18, Josho wrote:...I'm going finger-pick shopping tomorrow, I'll look for the National brand....


They're primarily used by bluegrass banjo players. Dunlop is another brand very similar.
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Any decent music shop will have enough finger picks to give you a wonderful selection. They are as ubiquitous as TTs are in a magic store. As a banjo player myself, I've tried several varieties of picks (but never for a Swami gimmick). The advantages of the National picks for a project like this include price (they are pretty cheap compared to some out there), easy adjustment (bendy metal, but strong enough to hold the right shape when you get there), and they are going to be available at just about any music shop that sells string instruments.

For rivets, you can check with any of the older hardware stores you can find. Lowe's and Home Depot won't have the aisle of slide-out boxes that I see in almost any non-chain hardware store, but those slide-out boxes have treasures in them. As many kinds of rivets as you can ask, odd bits that will inspire imagination, and even parts for fixing all sorts of things that go wrong around the house.

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On Jan 25, 2010, Josho wrote:
Many thanks, all! Lee Earle was kind enough to send me a link to the rivet he was talking about.
Josh


Would be appreciated if you shared that link with us.
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