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aukt
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Those of you that do this regularly, a few questions;

**How do you take care of/store your nails between use?
I ask since I have found if I don't use the nails for a month or so, they get tarnished and kind of rusty.

**Do you just use nails from your hardware store?
I just pick up a few at the store, but I know some use specially made ones that look identical to hardware store nails, but they are in fact surgical stainless steel - do you use these?

**Do you disinfect your nails?
I never have, but I know I should.
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When I did this in 7th grade, I just sold the used nails to other kids for $5.00 each.
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That's just plain horrible... in every sense of your post. Doing blockhead in school to show off how "cool" you are... you earn ZERO respect from me at this point.

Auktionman, PM me about purchasing hand forged custom surgical stainless steel nails from me. I'm sure this thread will explode with a lot of truly experienced professional sideshow performers to help.
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I just pound mine into a pine block between shows...
It's softer than my head and the natural disinfectants in the wood solve the rest of my ills.

Nips nails, however, don't even need that treatment... always in my pocket ready for a sudden unexpected performance.
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Talk to The Great Nippulini his nails are the best, you won't have to worry about rusting or anything like that. They are true works of art and I would never use anything else.

Also I don't really understand the point of bragging that you would shove nails in your nose in 7th grade, a lot of people in this area of The Café will end up finding that pretty demeaning to what we do. Don't think that was your intention but figured I'd give you a word of warning.

I'm assuming from your screen name that you are a mentalist, so I'll forgive you for that too Smile jk
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When I've done it, I used isopropyl alcohol prior to the insertion. I do not know for sure but I do not think a little rust will cause any damage (as long as its clean rust:)
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Before a show, I wash mine off (if they look dirty) with soap and a sponge, then dry them carefully. Repeat until nothing is coming off on the drying towel.

I used to be a stickler about wiping them down with an alcohol swab, as well as flushing my nose with saline solution before and after, but I've slacked off that. So far, it hasn't caused a problem. So far.

You could put a very light coat of cooking oil or perhaps petroleum jelly on the nail before storing it; that should delay the formation of rust.

Harley and Todd will probably have the most definitive information on this.

I have heard nothing but rave reviews of Nip's nails. The only reason I don't use then is that I give my nail to my volunteer after the routine.
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Thegreatnippulini,

I'm 42 years old. That happened when I was 15. Nobody was hurt, so I can laugh about it now.
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And incidentally, I had to stay after school for a week. So I've already been punished thank you very much.
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In 7th grade they punished you for it ... now they PAY you!
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Thank you Starrpower.

Seriosuly gents. It was meant to be a tale of youthful folly 27 years ago. Not "bragging" (sheese).

I also joke about getting arrested at that age. That's not bragging either.

(To think that people say mentalists take themselves too seriosuly.)

Now back to your regularly scheduled thread.
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Heh... trying disinfecting every nail before and after every show doing a grind show with 15 shows a night. Not saying it's a bad idea, but unless your nicking up your nasal cavity or using completely rusty nails I don't see getting an infection being very likely. Nothing wrong with being safe but a disinfected nail is not my top priority.

PS Licking the nail to lubricate it gives some sterilization.
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Good point, Erik - I don't wash the nails before each performance, if I'm doing multiple shows, just before the first one.
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Sorry Experiman.... I checked your profile before I posted so as not to make this mistake, but your profile shows nothing about you so I assumed the worst. I just HAVE to hear how you got arrested in the 7th grade. Still trying to figure out how you were 15 in the 7th grade tho...

Candini... "cleean rust"? My blacksmithing buddies are gonna LOVE that one!

Erik, licking the nail does NOT give it ANY bit of sterility, you need an autoclave for sterilization and running a regular nail through one of those would rust it out instantly. Your own saliva IS helpful in healing wounds though. Licking a nail is good lube though.

One of Auktionmans questions got ignored.... STORAGE, one of the most important things regarding metal items. Eliminate moisture by getting a waterproof container, similar to a travel toothbrush container and keeping only your nails in it. Even my patented stainless nails will rust if stored improperly. Stainless can't rust "on its own", but store it next to some rusty tools and it will spread, causing a permanent rusty spotting here and there on the nail surface.

One more thing (yeah I know)... if you happen to use a blowtorch in your act, I highly recommend that when you are done your show, you heat the nail just so it evaporates any liquid. Let it cool slightly, then generously rub petroleum jelly or beeswax into the metal. This does two things: 1. it kind of lubricates the surface, nice. 2. the wax/jelly will form a thin protective layer that will keep your mild steel nail from rusting, even in adverse conditions. Alcohol strips the oils on the surface of the nail, exposing the raw steel thus making it EASIER to rust so avoid doing this. You don't need to worry about sterility unless you break skin.
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OK whatever age you are in 7th grade. That's when it happened. I think I had the bizarre idea that the blockhead bit would impress the chicks (it didn't).

And I was busted for breaking into one of those claw machines with the stuffed animals. I have absolutely no memory of why I would have done such a thing however. Just a misfit I guess.
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Heh heh... I run the office at work and keep track of the time clock. One day while at a local watering hole I "accidentally" found that the time clock key fit into the skill crane's front window lock. Needless to say I soon found myself gifting cute stuffed animals to my loved one almost on a daily basis.

We're all misfits.
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There are a lot of misfits here on the Café. But the only places we admit it, are here, and in the bizarrist threads. Honesty in everyday life!
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Maybe "Sterilizing" was not quite the word I was looking for, what I was trying to point out is that Saliva has anti-bacterial properties and licking the nails removes a lot of dust and dirt on the nails.
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On 2008-06-12 09:23, thegreatnippulini wrote:
Sorry Experiman.... I checked your profile before I posted so as not to make this mistake, but your profile shows nothing about you so I assumed the worst. I just HAVE to hear how you got arrested in the 7th grade. Still trying to figure out how you were 15 in the 7th grade tho...

Candini... "cleean rust"? My blacksmithing buddies are gonna LOVE that one!

Erik, licking the nail does NOT give it ANY bit of sterility, you need an autoclave for sterilization and running a regular nail through one of those would rust it out instantly. Your own saliva IS helpful in healing wounds though. Licking a nail is good lube though.

One of Auktionmans questions got ignored.... STORAGE, one of the most important things regarding metal items. Eliminate moisture by getting a waterproof container, similar to a travel toothbrush container and keeping only your nails in it. Even my patented stainless nails will rust if stored improperly. Stainless can't rust "on its own", but store it next to some rusty tools and it will spread, causing a permanent rusty spotting here and there on the nail surface.

One more thing (yeah I know)... if you happen to use a blowtorch in your act, I highly recommend that when you are done your show, you heat the nail just so it evaporates any liquid. Let it cool slightly, then generously rub petroleum jelly or beeswax into the metal. This does two things: 1. it kind of lubricates the surface, nice. 2. the wax/jelly will form a thin protective layer that will keep your mild steel nail from rusting, even in adverse conditions. Alcohol strips the oils on the surface of the nail, exposing the raw steel thus making it EASIER to rust so avoid doing this. You don't need to worry about sterility unless you break skin.
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On 2008-06-16 16:18, erikkloeker wrote:
Saliva has anti-bacterial properties and licking the nails removes a lot of dust and dirt on the nails.


Nope, still wrong. Each persons saliva has ENZYMES that are beneficial to each ones own wounds. That's it. Spit will NOT kill bacteria, matter of fact it actually provides what is referred to as a "reservoir" for bacteria to live and multiply. Saliva also contains the HIGHEST concentration of bacteria found anywhere in the human body. Be careful what of you say without knowing what it is that you mean to say.
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