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lynnef
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Are these difficult to make? Altering a TT?
brody
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Depends on the style. If you're handy with tools, a TT style is pretty simple. Under nail I've never tried.
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A nail writer cost about $12.50 to purchase.

To make one, you need a sheet of brass, a metal scissors, a way to bend into shape, a method for retaining the lead, a mini vice of some sort to hold the metal while working on it, and a lot of trial and error.

That is more then $12.50.
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On 2010-09-23 15:35, wmhegbli wrote:
A nail writer cost about $12.50 to purchase.

To make one, you need a sheet of brass, a metal scissors, a way to bend into shape, a method for retaining the lead, a mini vice of some sort to hold the metal while working on it, and a lot of trial and error.

That is more then $12.50.


$12.50?? Times have sure changed.

I was going to say, "And the pleasure of making it yourself? Priceless!!"

but the reality is that an undernail writer would be harder to make than it looks. I remember in an old Bruce Elliot book something about a thumb tack, a piece of pencil lead, and some glue or tape; sort of like one of those later era "Boon Writers."
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Bill Hegbli
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Here is a nail writer $15.00: http://themagicwarehouse.com/cgi-bin/fin......ord=NAIL WRITER

Here is a Swami Nail Writer, 4 for $4.00, don't know how different it is but the price is right: http://themagicwarehouse.com/cgi-bin/fin......ord=NAIL WRITER

Dave Powell has a Micro writer here: http://www.powellmagic.com/cgi-bin/mivav......_Code=MW

Looks like Johnson Products no longer make their nail writer.

There are other models of course, they all do the same thing, just the designs are different.
Michael Baker
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There was a discussion here awhile back and the idea was using guitar finger or thumb picks, drill a hole and embedding a hollow rivet to hold the lead.
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tabman
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On 2010-09-23 19:00, Michael Baker wrote:
There was a discussion here awhile back and the idea was using guitar finger or thumb picks, drill a hole and embedding a hollow rivet to hold the lead.


My suggestion was to use a National or Dunlop finger pick. It already has the holes in it. A large finger pick could easily be made to fit the thumb.
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In my e-Book on "Mind Reading Puppets" from The Wizards' Journal #18, I have a section that Qua-Fiki and I collaborated on called "The Swami Knows All" and it shows several easy methods we have used to make nail-writers, thumb writers and Swami gimmicks for use with those effects. So you not only get a good variety of MR routines for use with puppets or Vent Figures, but also information on how to make some props that can work in a variety of different settings.
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tabman
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On 2010-09-23 18:15, wmhegbli wrote:...Looks like Johnson Products no longer make their nail writer....


My favorite and I've still got two of them in the original packages. I noticed they quit carrying them a while back. I used to keep one in my pocket all the time when I was out in the public all the time. These days I rarely leave my place and when I do I don't go far.
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lynnef
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As a guitarist, I have plenty of thumb picks. Thanx for all the 'tips'!
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