Recently, I had to give blood and obtained a needle from the clinic [read: stole] and have been subsequently trying - and failing - to find a tool to put the clipped needle in. This past weekend, I finally got the right tool, and now I am the proud owner of a carving needle.
So, in no particular order, here is what I did:
- First, head out to your local vet clinic or pharmacy and ask for a large-gauge needle (or, like me, go give blood and abscond with a needle while the nurse ain't lookin').
- Next, cut the wire off with a wirecutter - or a pair of scissors you're not particularly fond of.
- Then, follow Kirbert's recommendation to obtain an Excel hobby knife. Or, take the long route and try a whole host of different unworkable knives and get turned away from all sorts of stores who don't carry pin vices. End up going back to Kirbert's suggestion. Canadian readers note: Curry's carries Excel-brand hobby knives that work perfectly, $5.
- Remove the blade, replace with needle.
- Sit back impressed and have an adult beverage.
|Start to finish, this is pretty much it to make a carving needle.|
Now that I have it, I'll have to find something super-detailed to carve. I'll be back soon and let you know how it goes. Happy trails!