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Topic: CHOPPING
Message: Posted by: J.G. the magnificent (May 4, 2011 11:08PM)
I am trying to make my own chop chop cup set. I think I can manage okay for the most part. Did some searches and still got questions. One set of cups I have would be eisy to chop. However I wouldn't mind chopping the copper penguin magic set I have as well. Could I match the copper on the inside without cutting an expensive copper false bottom? Or am I dreaming? Plus there are many posts about cups but only one I saw about the balls. It regareded mini baseballs but not informative enough for me. I cant croche so I wouldn't make crocheted balls. I could maybe insert a piece of paper clip into a cork ball though. Or is that too little metal? How much metal is too heavy? How do you construct the metal core for a ball and which balls work? I know some use dollar bills which would be perfect but how to gaff them? How strong magnet do you use? Is a stong refrigerator type ____ okay. I have flat round ones that could work.
Message: Posted by: J.G. the magnificent (May 5, 2011 11:42AM)
I got my cup chopped should work fine as I took a paper clip to it, but still need help with chopped balls.
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (May 5, 2011 12:20PM)
Add Ms until you're happy.
Message: Posted by: J.G. the magnificent (May 5, 2011 01:17PM)
Sorry but by Ms do you mean the secret thing that we can't say outside of the secret sessions?
Message: Posted by: makeupguy (May 5, 2011 02:33PM)
No.. I think he means the candy that melts in your mouth but not in your hands....

take out all the brown one's please..
Message: Posted by: J.G. the magnificent (May 5, 2011 03:11PM)
Still working on it but I have found I can take the threads from a sos pad and rinse the soap out. Then roll it into a ball from there I have yet to figure.
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (May 5, 2011 05:07PM)
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On 2011-05-05 16:11, J.G. the magnificent wrote:
Still working on it but I have found I can take the threads from a sos pad and rinse the soap out. Then roll it into a ball from there I have yet to figure.
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Why not use steel wool, and avoid the soap-washing-out step?
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (May 5, 2011 06:10PM)
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On 2011-05-05 18:07, ClintonMagus wrote:
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On 2011-05-05 16:11, J.G. the magnificent wrote:
Still working on it but I have found I can take the threads from a sos pad and rinse the soap out. Then roll it into a ball from there I have yet to figure.
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Why not use steel wool, and avoid the soap-washing-out step?
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Dang-it!!! I just spit coffee all over my computer...

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Message: Posted by: J.G. the magnificent (May 5, 2011 10:17PM)
I am using it because it is what I had on hand. Nice comment Michael
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (May 5, 2011 11:37PM)
Cork balls are not as easy to find as they used to be. At one time, they were very common in fishing tackle stores. Assuming you can find some, cut a piece of a nail, the length should be just less than the diameter of the ball. Pound it into the cork. Dollar bills are easy... just wad up a small piece of steel in the bill and you are set (small ball bearing, etc.). Sometimes you can use a M in the ball as well as in the cup.

You will just have to experiment with the M's, as well as the steel. There are many different strengths of M's available. Crocheting can be learned, but it takes time to make a set of balls, as you want them to all look the same. Miniature baseballs can sometimes be found as chain pulls for ceiling fans (I found some at Wal Mart), but they may be larger than you want them to be.

I understand your desire to build your ideas, but this is a case that unless you are gaffing a very unique cup, you are simply re-inventing the wheel. My advice is don't screw up a set of cups that already works. Save up and buy a combo set when you have the money. Earned goals will always mean more to you than instant gratification. Patience, Grasshopper! :)
Message: Posted by: J.G. the magnificent (May 6, 2011 05:58PM)
Actually I just carved and sanded my own from wine corks I cut in half. Then I burn them a bit till blackened like described in I think Hocus Pocus. Afterwards I rub the soot off under the sink best I can. I am curious though Michael why a nail rather than a paper clip they are heavier than paper clips? Are they just more magnetically sensitive? The dollar bill I pretty much did already but the tip is appreciated. Curious could I make one examinable without having to hide steel wool in my fingers? Maybe scattering the fiber strands on newspaper. Then take the dollar with some rubber cement or other glue over it and picking up the strands one bill. Whalla! Let you know how it goes.

Anyway I think if I could just find a steel false bottom I could get some vinegar and copper. Copper coating the steel, then age it by handling it with my hands for a while like with my cups and watch as the air oxidizes it over time to match my cups. I may just do what you said though and buy a combo set. Thanks Michael always a help. :)
Message: Posted by: J.G. the magnificent (May 6, 2011 07:30PM)
Welp tried the bill with the steel threads and it didn't work as planned. I think for enough to be on the bill it would be very obvious on the bill. My coats of paint on the cups should by through tomorrow. The nail in a ball seems to work fine but the paper clip works as well.
Message: Posted by: J.G. the magnificent (May 8, 2011 09:11PM)
I made some new cork balls for my routine I am developing. Found that if I cut them in half and hollow the halfs into shells. Insert a ball of steel wool then super glue them back together. Put them to the test and they are perfect.
Message: Posted by: ggarcia (May 13, 2011 04:26PM)
Once I bought some wooden balls from hobby lobby. drilled a hole in one, inserted the special something, used some wood filler to round out the hole, got some thin leather lace and learned how to do a monkey fist. this worked fine as long as you get the insert facing in the correct direction.

another time to cover the balls I went to a local store that specializes in anything to do with yarn...knitting, crocheting etc. I asked around and found someone to crochet the covers for me. I didn't pay that much to have them covered.

I like the cutting the ball in half and hollowing it out. I just did that a few months ago with some wooden eggs that I found that I really liked for the egg bag. they were a little too heavy so ended up cutting them in half with a bandsaw, used my dremel to hollow each half and then used wood glue to put them back together. with a little wood putty to cover any gaps in the seam, some light sanding and paint and these babies look and work great.
Message: Posted by: J.G. the magnificent (May 13, 2011 11:39PM)
Very cool ggarcia I like your way of thinking. Especially the crocheted balls being done in the store for cheap. The egg being lightened out is nice to.