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I just switched my billiard balls from a rainbow set of fakinis to a a rainbow set of wooden balls. I like them a lot and I don't have to worry about losing them when I perform outdoors. Plus they work better with a silk and a topit.

I have not ventured into topit land with them, though my vest has a topit (busking vest by buskergear.com) but I use a silk all the time.

The colors match the fakinis exactly except the red is real red instead of a pink red.

I tried 2" and 1.75" and for now I'm sticking with 1.75".

My routines are less "manipulative" and more just a series of color changes and productions from one ball to 4. So the tackiness of the Fakini's is not as critical tho I can still do a classic palm with a wooden ball while rolling one between my fingers. That's about as manip. as my routine gets, if you know what I mean.

Anyway, I like them a lot.
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What make balls are you using? Did you paint them yourself?
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The person that makes my loop balls is making these too.
I've tried it myself but she seems to put more TLC into the job than I have the patience for. I'll try to take a pic of them so you can see the brilliant colors.
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Yeah, for some reason I always hate to admit this, but I'd LOVE to see a pic of them if you can. (just feel a little nuts being so passionate about a couple of wooden balls).
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I have no experience with wooden balls, hence this question. How durable are they, will wooden balls crack/break if you drop them?
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The balls may dent, depending on what they hit if you drop them, but more of a concern is cracking/chipping the paint.
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Michael is correct. Chipping will happen but I can deal with that.
I cannot imagine a ball breaking but I guess it's possible.
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Thanks for the info guys.
Trying to play with billiard balls now. Got a set of silicon balls apparently from Japan. Will eventually get Fakini's I guess, but keeping my options open for wood balls too.
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Hello Frank - I'm interested in the photo as well, and wouldn't mind getting a set to play around with.
Although I love my Fakinis, I would also love to be able to use the 'normal' (and other methods not possible with F's) holders and not have the drag with a silk.
It is many years since I used wooden BB's and I just wonder, after having the Fakinis, whether or not I can 'grip' them.

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For a while I was messing with a billiard ball routine and then stopped, but I am contemplating reworking my routine; and if I like it, I will give it a try in my show at the end of the year.

Anyway, I like my wooden balls, but I guess the grass is always greener on the other side because I still want a set of Fakinis. With my wooden set, my hands have to be really warm for the shellac to be at its optimum tackiness.

Frank, approximately how long is your ball routine? I want to revamp mine so that it is fairly short.

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It's always in flux. I don't really have "a routine". I will one day but I'm still playing with different concepts, a silk, etc. to see what people like.

I sort of just do jazz manip. at this point in very informal settings, such as street performing kind of stuff. when I work outdoors, it's usually hot and the balls feel pretty tacky. you're right!

no shells.

I have a couple ideas that I've played with on youtube but nothing I'm proud of yet.
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Though I seem to gravitate to my Fakini these days,
I began with, and still love, a set of German wooden balls.
They have white enamel, and in many years have not chipped or dinged!

The gimmick is also thin wood and the edges show a bit of wear.
I love the look and feel of wood, though as I get older, I miss the silicone cling.

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I....want....I....want!
What a great set!
Does it include a gimmick?

Thanks for posting, Walt
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Great looking set....

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Those look really good.
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The ] is do-able. My wandmaker wooden dice stacking cup dude says he can do it.
He just wants me to bring him a ball. Might be cheaper to pick up a cheap German set that has a shell already and paint it. I don't know.
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When I made my set, I used a shell from another junky set and just enameled and clear coated it to match my better wooden set that I made with some pointers from Mr. Baker. It worked out ok.

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http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee204......45954206

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