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majik_1
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Has anyone made a set of sticks using pvc pipe?
Michael Baker
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On Feb 24, 2016, majik_1 wrote:
Has anyone made a set of sticks using pvc pipe?


Yep.
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Could you use rat tail cord for the strings? thanks.
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Could you use rat tail cord for the strings? thanks.


Yes. If you buy it from a sewing store or fabric store, they will probably also have matching color tassels, as well.
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I have a pair that I got from an estate sale, it is not an expensive set. It looks to be the same style I had in my youth. It is black metal tubes with white rubber caps on the ends . The weights look like fishing weights -- there is eyelet on the end of the cylinder. The weights have quite a bit of static friction -- which means it has to be raised quite a bit and noticeably to start the weight moving. Of course, then the fall is very sudden.

I tried zinc stearate for lubrication but it only helped marginally.

I think I'll try the Teflon paper. I'm hoping it won't be too difficult to measure and insert a rolled Teflon sheet into the metal sticks

Thanks to all for the advice in this thread!

Regards,
Phil
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Phil

Try powdered graphite, it can be found in the lock & key section at Home Depot.

I found this to be helpful.

Best of luck

Mark
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On Dec 28, 2020, Mark Boody Illusionist wrote:
Phil

Try powdered graphite, it can be found in the lock & key section at Home Depot.

I found this to be helpful.

Best of luck

Mark

Thanks Mark.
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