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Kyle tipped me to some great rubber balls from US Toy Company. (Check out their web page). They're just like Fakinis at a fraction of the cost. Anyone have any ideas how to make a shell? All ideas are welcome. How are Fakini shells made?
Thanks.
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Well, you can buy the shells by themselves for like $18.75. I'm not sure exactly how the Fakini shells are made, but it appears there is some hard material with the silicon attached over that.

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Thanks, Michael. I've heard the Fakinis are hard to get. Do you have any suggested places to try? Thanks.
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Denny & Lee just sent out an email with some Fakini products on it. You may want to give them a call.
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James,

Do you have the web address? I tried http://www.ustoycompany.com, but that wasnt it.
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Brent,
The site is http://www.ustoy.com.
Let me know how you like it.

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I had a friend who tried to make shells from rubber balls - he failed miserably. Best bet is to buy a fakini shell, and then use the other balls as regular billiard balls.

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I know this is late, but the info is for anyone else who may stumble across this as I did. Balls sold by U.S. Toy and most other "dime store" suppliers are NOT "...just like Fakini" balls.
The rubber composition is far different. My company once purchased some standard rubber balls to develop BB sets for sale and to research making the Durania balls for Stevens. Regular rubber balls will dry out and crack. I have a 15 year old set of Fakini golf balls that feel exactly like they did the day they were purchased.
The mold line is also far more pronounced on the U.S. Toy balls and they are slick where the Fakini has a cling. Yep, they're expensive but there is a very good reason for that!
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I have a few sets of Fakini balls, one is more than 15 years old and still in like new condition. Anyway back on track.

For your shells I can put you in direct contact with Fakini, but you will have to wait till I get to the information.

At the risk of repeating I believe you will not get satisfactory results with the balls you mentioned.

Bill
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What would you use billiard ball shells for?
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Multiplying billiard balls. Mark Wilson has a routine for it in his book. Multiplying sponge balls are based on these.
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I sprayed the plastic dip on some 2" wooden balls from the craft store and made the shell out of bondo. Just wax the bax so the bondo shell will come off when dry, sand to shape and paint.
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Flourish dude, were you able to match the color of the balls with the plastic coat rubber material?
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Is there a brand name on that plastic dip? Where can I get it? I use wooden balls and shells, but they are too slippery.
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Plastic Dip is a brand name product. You can find it at Home Depot or the like.
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I know it comes loose in a can for dipping...but does it come in spray form??
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Jim which balls in particular are the ones you bought?

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Yes, I'd like to know that too...

I bought a fakini set a while back, they work great, but kinda pricy. I would like another set with which I could possibly make my own gaffs.

I really like the dipping in rubber idea... Never thought of that.
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On 2004-08-03 23:11, flourish dude wrote: I sprayed the plastic dip on some 2" wooden balls from the craft store and made the shell out of bondo. Just wax the bax so the bondo shell will come off when dry, sand to shape and paint.


Bondo is a good idea. I use it all the time to make parts using molds so its sort of the same. One thing I've found when working with Bondo is that it get real hot before it hardens and then cools rapidly. If you pull the molded part right after it hardens but before it cools you get a cleaner and easier separation.

Any chance we can see a picture of your Bondo shell. I'm curious about how thin you were able to get it???

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Hi,

Stevens Magic (website below) carries the Fakini balls. They also carry the Fakini thimbles.

Have a good one,

Bob

Posted: Dec 9, 2004 3:07pm
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Hi,

Forgot to mention that Stevens also carries some great ball droppers that go well with the Fakini balls. See the above post for the web site.

Bob
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