"Safety varnishing needle"

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Intro: This page describes how to make a relatively safe varnishing and dubbing needle from a rotating pencil. Tools required are a plastic rotating pencil, a needle, a pair of pliers, a file and some glue.
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Purchase one or two of the plastic rotating pencils which come with slim lead inserts. When the head s rotated the lead goes in or out depending on which direction you rotate. These pencils are pretty cheap and I purchased two for less than one UK pound (1.00)
The wife didn't miss the needle :-)
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Now for the fun bit!
Dismantle the pencil by pulling out the rubber, then grab the spring, that's inside, with tweezers or fine nosed pliers and pull it out. Unwind the little insert which holds the lead and remove the lead. You should find a small hole in the end of the black insert which facilitate the lead pieces.
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Get hold of a fine needle exactly the same diameter as the lead and snip off the eye at the end. File that end as flat as possible and smooth off the rough edges. Dab the flat end of the needle with a tiny drop of superglue and place it in the hole you found earlier. Be careful of the sharp end of the needle it can give you a nasty jab.
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Allow the glue to dry then re-assemble the pencil which now has a needle insert instead of lead. Rotate the needle in and out as desired re-assured that when you store it away in the drawer the point will be wound inside for safety.
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