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CopperChopCup
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I’ve got only one set of chop cup balls and it’s my absolute favorite set. I think they came with a cheap chop cup I picked up over twenty years ago. They are perfect for what I do. They are crocheted or knit, red and somewhat soft without much body to them. They work great in every cup I have used, but I really want to lay my hands on some backups.

I don’t really like the harder knit balls typically used for chop cup and cups and balls routines. The balls I use are light and soft so they don’t make any sound when dislodged onto the tabletop. That’s what I need. The wood or cork balls are too heavy and make a loud enough to be heard “thud” when dislodged.

Can anybody point me in a good direction? Thanks.
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You might try using small sponge balls without any crocheted covers at all. It is easy enough to insert either a tiny steel washer or a tiny magnet inside a sponge ball slit and seal it up with a bit of rubber cement. I prefer using a plain ungimmicked cup with a PK ring doing all the holding at the top of the cup, and instead of giving the cup a heavy thump, simply remove my hand (and the ring) and let the inner magnetic ball fall silently.
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When I make or have balls made, I use felt balls. They are squishy, but I use them because they are quiet. I’ve found cork, wood and metal core all talk.
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How about Gerrish's type of sponge balls, and just have someone crochet the thread over them. Well that seems like it would cost too much to make hehe.
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I've used foam practice golf balls and made a narrow slit on the parting line, where I insert a paper clip as the shim. Nerf has smaller balls for their toy guns that should work, with a paper clip bent in half as the shim.
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Our mum did the crocheting for RNT2 when dad had it. She made a lot of replacement balls for Mikame "M" cups. Some she stuffed with
steel wool and others were just plain sponge. The best way to do it is to have the ball crocheted about 75% around a wood ball, pop out
the wood ball and stuff the crochet jacket with 1-2" balls. A 2" ball in a 1" crochet jacket will still be squishy but a bit firmer.

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Felt balls might work perfectly for what you're wanting.
they can be made fairly easily by yourself or purchased.

I've made a ton of felt balls, with a wooden core or just felt.

If you find a store that sells raw felt, you can pick a color, buy an oz (of felt) and experiment.

if you have questions, PM me. I've made billions and billions of them for my customers...
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Thanks for the input folks. Really appreciate it.
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