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  • Member since
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  • From: Northeast Bavaria, Burglengenfeld, Germany
Hot Tips, I Think!!
Posted by kielers on Friday, January 14, 2005 4:24 AM
I've read a lot of tips and techniques on the forum, in FSM and on various other web sites and I think I have a couple tips that I haven't seen yet, though doesn't mean they're not out there somewhere already.

A friend of ours is into acupuncture, educated in and practices it. So I got a few of his acupuncture needles from him. They are very small about the same size as a .25mm dia wire (smaller than most sewing needles) but rigid and still flexible, they also have a very fine, sharp tip and a fore-finger and thumb hold on the end that makes them easy to handle. So far they have been great for marking a start point for the smallest drill bits and as an applicator for applying tiny drops of cyanoacrylate to the smallest spots. And I'm sure there are many other uses for them i haven't discovered yet.

I've read that many modelers use the foil from a champagne bottle for straps canvas tarps, etc. I've also found that the small metal container that holds tea lites is excellent for this as well. Tea lites are those small, white wax candles that many use to heat their pot-pourri pots etc. They come in bags of 30-50 and usually only cost $3-5.00 a bag. The metal is very thin and workable, easy to cut with a scissors or hobby knife. The holders are also excellent paint cups for enamel and oil paints and washes.

Hope this is helpful.

"To stand upon ramparts and die for our principles is heroic, but to sally forth to battle and win for our principles is something more than heroic." -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt. "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." -- Winston Churchill

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  • From: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Posted by zokissima on Friday, January 14, 2005 7:10 AM
Good tip on the acupuncture needles. I always have to clean my current tool (a sharpened popsicle stick Smile [:)] ) when I'm applying CA glue, and I never seem to be able to apply a fine enough point or line.
Thanks for the tip.
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  • From: A Spartan in the Wolverine State
Posted by rjkplasticmod on Friday, January 14, 2005 9:28 AM
Good tips, but if you didn't have the freind, where would you find the needles ?

Regards, Rick
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  • From: Brooklyn
Posted by wibhi2 on Friday, January 14, 2005 9:41 AM
You could also use pie tins for sheet metal - they are about the same guage as the tea lights at 1/4 of the cost. - or I get them for free after someone finishes thier lunch.

I'd also be interested in the accupuncture needles.
3d modelling is an option a true mental excercise in frusrtation
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, January 14, 2005 9:48 AM
Awesome and timely tip... I just started getting accupuncture and every time they take the needles out I think "ooh... i bet i could do something with those". Now I know Big Smile [:D]

Thanks for the tips!

~ Garth
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  • From: The flat lands of the Southeast
Posted by styrene on Friday, January 14, 2005 11:43 AM
QUOTE: I always have to clean my current tool (a sharpened popsicle stick ) when I'm applying CA glue, and I never seem to be able to apply a fine enough point or line.


Try chucking a piece of small music wire, sewing needle or even a piece of paper clip into an X-acto or similar knife handle and you have an instant CA applicator that will apply CA in tiny quantities and exactly where you want it to go.

Gip Winecoff

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, January 14, 2005 2:39 PM
For 1:48 seatbelts, I've found the silver pull strip for opening a pack of cigarettes to be almost perfect.
They can be stripped to the right size to fit thru the smallest buckle by a small cut at one end to the size you want, then seperating like string cheese.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, January 15, 2005 8:56 PM
As I found out today, another good use for accupuncture needles is unclogging touch-n-flow applicators. They are sooooooo nice and thin.

~ Garth
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  • From: Green Bay, WI USA
Posted by echolmberg on Thursday, January 20, 2005 1:51 PM
Where can one acquire accupuncture needles?

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, January 20, 2005 2:45 PM
Just did a quick google for 'accupuncture needles retail' and came up with numerous sites that sell needles, including holistic health, vet supply, and other vendors. Not having had done business with any of them (yet), I can make no recommendations
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  • From: SETX. USA
Posted by tho9900 on Sunday, January 23, 2005 8:10 AM
I also use the old needle from my Badger 155 to apply CA.. the point is fine enough to just place a tiny bit but big enough to hold onto at the other end....
---Tom--- O' brave new world, That has such people in it!
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  • From: Northeast Bavaria, Burglengenfeld, Germany
Posted by kielers on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 8:06 AM
I live and work in Germany and have bought hypodermic needles at the local drug stores, though in Germany the drug stores are nothing like Walgreens. The drug stores here should also sell accupuncture needles. But you best bet is probably to go online. Seems a person can find virtually anything he wants or needs on the Internet.

"To stand upon ramparts and die for our principles is heroic, but to sally forth to battle and win for our principles is something more than heroic." -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt. "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." -- Winston Churchill

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, January 29, 2005 3:49 PM
Speaking of applying superglue, I read somewhere (and it works) that the best way to clean dried superglue off the tip of a metal applicator is to hold the tip of the applicator over a match or lighter. The flame burns away the dried glue and leaves the applicator tip clean.
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Posted by grandadjohn on Saturday, January 29, 2005 4:15 PM
Good tips, I hace found that burning super glue off like leeroy suggests works but can leave some soot which wipes off
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