Customs: Where can I buy metal pins?

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  1. digitalworld40

    digitalworld40 Well-Known Member

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    I am working on a commissioned drift figure and I want to make it stronger. I am not sure if there is any store that sells metal pins in different sizes. If anyone knows of a place please let me know.
     
  2. big hank

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    I usually use brass or aluminum rod stock, and cut to length. You can also use guitar strings for really small diameter pins.
     
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    The best pins are the ones used in pianos.
    Most piano shops should be selling them, they come on long metal wires with a pointed tip, i don't know what they're called, but if you contact them with the description "long metal wires in various widths, with a pointed tip", you should be able to get them. If there isn't a piano store/shop near you, you can find them online and ask it by e-mail.
    I used them for my Rampage tutorial, so it's been tf-tested :) 
     
  4. digitalworld40

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    thanks, ill have to try both out. If all else fails I can always steal pins from another TF in thew fodder bin.
     
  5. Hakka

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    Cut some spokes off a kid's bike. :) 

    I've used drillbits before, the non cutting end. Plenty of sizes to choose from.

    I use 2 pairs of pliers to break them.

    Hakka.
     
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    aurascope Kitbash Resource Indexer

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    my god that is an inefficient waste of good resources.
    how do you sleep at night?!

    most art shops have wires and rods of varying diameters.
    I get most of my stuff there.
     
  7. Hakka

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    I got a cheapo 100 piece drill bit set for $2, they can only drill one hole before they go blunt. It works out a lot cheaper than buying the rod.

    Hakka.
     
  8. MegaMoonMan

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    I usually use nails cut to length.
     
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    I just get metal rod from Hobby Lobby. It's cheap and available in different diameters.
     
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    Paper clips, twist ties, and nails work very well also.
     

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