Does anyone have suggestions for the best materials to use for the
clutch part of a stick pin made from scratch?
If you can get your hands on some red rubber medical catheters,
those are great for the rubber liners for pin clutches.They come in a
bunch of different diameters, so you can get the one closest to the
size of your metal tubing. They’re also great for protecting pins
during tumbling–cut off a short bit of catheter and slip it over the
sharp end of the pin. Here’s a link to a gauge chart for determining
catheter sizes–it’s non-intuitive otherwise, backwards from wire
Most medical supply places require a prescription to order rubber
catheters, but they’re sold on ebay with no such restrictions.
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