Pick Punch Make Guitar Picks From All Kinds Of Materia
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Pick Punch Make Guitar Picks From All Kinds Of Materia :
Hi, My name is Von Luhmann and I am the inventor of the Pick Punch. This is the only official place you can purchase a pick punch on with a warranty. If you purchase from someone else on it most likely is used or being re-sold andthere probably is no warranty as there are no other approved sellers on other than through this barneyluhmann account. BEWARE! There are a few people that purchased some of our punches that USPS lost through USPS "lost mail" sales and they are likely not covered under our company warranty. We need your receipt or proof of purchase before we can handle any warranty issues. International orders please understand that this ships USPS which is domestic mail. USPS is a very fast shipping service here in the United States but it can get delayed once it gets to your customs department. The packages will ship from Indianapolis, IN and then leave the country from either Indianapolis, IN or Chicago, IL. After this tracking features are not useful in some cases due to our domestic service tracking system not linked to your country. Mail time is usually a week but customs clearance can in some cases take weeks in your country.
Typically international orders arrive in 10 days to 20 days. Some extreme cases take up to a month. Please understand this is not due to any delay with our company shipping your package.
LOADING SLOW? BE PATIENT THERE ARE ALOT OF VIDEOS AND PICTURES BELOW! Welcome to the Pick Punch "How To" section on making guitar picks. We are just beginning to work on this section so check back with us. Here we will be constantly adding tips and techniques on making your own guitar picks. Making picks can be quite easy. Be patient with us because there is a lot of information out there. We are also making our own information in our shop. We are trying just about everything. Send in your ideas and we will test them out for you. Guitar players have been making their own guitar picks for a long time. We are going to put it all together here so you can make your own and understand how others make them. We plan to collect here every resource available. If you have suggestions let us know and we will add them to our site. ALWAYS ADDING CONTENT! We are currently experimenting with all kinds of ideas so after your visit be sure to check back with us. (send in your pictures to our main website email address and we might be able to put it on our website) 9-26-09 Next on our agenda to experiment with is airbrushing with and without stencils. We are going to try inside between picks similar to our comic picks below and also on the surface of different materials such as poly, vinyl, delrin, and some really cool "illusion" materials (these are awesome and I hope they work out). They are cooler looking then some of the celluloid stuff. We are also experimenting with an interesting $170 DTG printer idea, small scale hot stamping , hot foil pens, and a whole lot more! I will eventually hit on every topic for you. Check back soon we have some great ideas! If you have ideas or success stories let us know. We will be having a big contest soon for great new ideas also. Any ideas submitted before the contest starts we will automatically enter them if they meet the contest rules. Thanks to Harmony Central for this video of us at NAMM. SOME PAPILIO WATER SLIDE INKJET PRINTED PICKS WE MADE. Image is inside the picks and will never fade away. We made this from two 0.80 polycarbonate picks and sandwiched the water slide inside it and then melted them together with a plastic glue. If you look closely you can see that we made a small cutting mistake on the "PickPunch.com" logo.
BACK OF THE ABOVE PICKS. Note image is inside two punched picks.
A recent video showing a collection of pick punch photos.
Here are some Ed Hardy picks we made. What better artist to try. Christian Audigier makes some really cool stuff. These images are embedded inside the guitar pick We made these from skin tattoos. There are so many examples of tattoos out there and the temporary tattoo market seems to always stay on the latest trends with graphics which work well in the guitar industry.
Here is our attempt at a solution to the new trend of fat guitar picks (like v-picks and gypsyjazz picks): It is 4.8mm thick and although it took a while to sand, it was well worth the effort. I love this thing it is fast and is solid as a rock. It was made from 6x0.80mm (1/32")picks. The thinner pick in the picture is a fender medium.
Another shot of the 4.8mm pick we made:
Here is a wonderful example of what you can make with a couple 1/32" punched polycarbonate picks(0.80mm) for a total of 1.60mm pick with a cartoon funny sandwiched in the middle. Be generous with the super glue and then press all the extra out. When you press them together there should be no bubbles or areas without glue. Act quick this stuff sets quick and is VERY MESSY TO WORK WITH if you don't do it right. Some sanding is required and these are one of a kind super hard picks. They have no flex and super fast. Note that these will not work as well with store bought picks because they are already sanded on both sides at the edges. I tried it and there is a groove left in the middle that requires a bunch of sanding to make it basically smaller. CARTOON PICKS WITH IMAGE INSIDE: Image is INSIDE the pick and will NEVER fade or wear away.
I COULD NOT RESIST SO I MADE MORE: Image is inside the pick not on surface. The one skull pick was drawn by my 7 year old son on paper. Note the bleeding due to the superglue gives it a nice finish.
HERE IS THE BACK OF THE PICKS: Again note that the image is inside the pick not on surface
EDGE VIEW OF POLYCARBONATE PICKS WE MADE (we had a request to show the edge view of the polycarbonates that we made so here it is)
SOME MORE PICKS I MADE: (eyeball from magazine, kid's tattoo, four leaf clover, some sharpie lines, and hamburger helper from a coupon) all images are inside not on surface
THE BACK OF THE PICKS:
Here are some stamped picks I made. I have played with these and show no wear after a few days playing. The one pick on the right was not stampled completely due to the rounded edges on the 2.0mm thick pick. I used StazOn stamping ink designed for plastics and a regular stamp. I really like these picks. The only surface prep I did was a quick light sanding with super fine sandpaper just in case but not sure if it is even necessary with this ink. BANDS KEEP THIS IN MIND ...WHEN YOU HAVE PICKS MADE THE PICK SHOPS MANY TIMES MAKE EXTRA ONES SO IF YOU THINK THERE ARE 500 OF A CERTAIN PICK OUT THERE THINK AGAIN. IF YOU REALLY WANT A TRUE COLLECTIBLE THEN MAYBE YOU SHOULD MAKE YOUR OWN STAMP. I HAVE VIDEOS BELOW ON STAMP MAKING AND YOU CAN MAKE WORKS OF ART AND PRINT THEM YOURSELF AND KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IS OUT THERE. You will never be able to produce these on a computer! How much do you think a Handmade guitar pick from a famous band would cost if the picks were made from custom or handmade stamps from a band member or a commissioned artist? At least you can be more confident that there are not as many fakes or "extra" printed picks out there diluting the market. You will have the stamp and make them yourself! These are just more personal in my opinion than mass produced computer generated logos that can be copied and will be worth much more down the road.
Here is one that I stamped another color on top of the above example.
HERE IS MY FIRST ATTEMPT AT SOME AIRBRUSHING AND SPRAY PAINT: I know these look pretty crappy but the logistics are there. The paint I am using is ACRYL from pactra primer similar to the stuff they prime die-cast cars. I bought a $19.95 Testors kit at a hobby shop with compressed can air. It works pretty well and came with 6 colors of acrylic paint. The paints that it came with also worked well as far as durability. I also used to Krylon Fusion for plastics in a spray can and it sticks very well. I used some small templates both store bought and some quickly cut out ones from an exacto knife. I lightly sanded these just in case but not sure if it is necessary either. I have yet to test some of the other emulsions that were suggested by someone because this stuff worked good enough where I didn't think it was necessary. I will replace this picture later when I have more time and get some advice. This was my first time ever using an airbrush as you can tell in the image. I AM GOING TO HIT THE AIRBRUSHING FORUMS AND SEE IF THEY CAN HELP ME KICK THIS UP A FEW NOTHCES FOR US NOVICES.
OUR MOST RECENT VIDEO WITH SOME GREAT PICK IDEAS:
A double pick without cartoon inside. These play quite well. (1.60mm made from two 0.80mm polycarbonates)
Another photograph of the double pick (1.60mm made from two 0.80mm polycarbonates)
More picks we made: ( starting at top left working across and down 1/32 polycarbonate frost sanded, a target gift card, two placemat picks, a microsoft office password key card, a punch from turtleshell celluloid, a dominoes card, a hh greg credit card, a picture sandwiched in the middle of two 1/32 polycarbonate picks, IU credit card, split DVD (not full thickness), another punched celluloid pick.)
The back of the picks:
Here are some stamped picks we made. We used StazOn inks and one ant stamp and one File under T for Trash stamp I had in the office. I think these are really nice. There are two celluloids, one placemat, one polycarbonate, and two Nylon 0.80s. We punched all the picks from sheeting samples we will soon be carrying. The images are hard to wear off when playing. The images stick better than most of the store bought ones I have bought in the past.
More "File Under T For Trash" picks we made and then stamped. Very durable stamping.
A few pictures of picks I stamped with handmade stamps. I know you can tell that I have never done this before but it was quick and easy and it works well so the logistics are here. Note* You can buy a custom stamp for 5 bucks online with a black/white image and a few clicks of the mounse and they look much more clean.
Next three pictures show what kind of results you can get with custom made stamps printed using StazOn inks. I paid $4.50 for each of the stamps we used and shipping was free. For our first attempt at this I belive it worked out very well. I would suggest that you look closely at these examples so when you have your own stamps made you will make better choices as far as the image. I think simple logos and designs work better. Stay away from straight horizontal and vertical lines so improperly placed images will not appear crooked. The images stay very well even when played. I belive they stick better than most of the store bought picks I have purchases.
Some more picks we made. The left one is two polycarbonates with a thin translucent sheet in the middle. The second pick has two Rowlux sheets on the outside of a polycarbonate. The third image is just some thin 0.40mm thick Rowlux 3D image stuff. You can't really see the 3D image in this picture due to the flash interaction.
A couple pictures of the same 3D pick we made from laminating two Rowlux punched picks 0.40 each on the outside of a polycarbonate one 0.80. The pick looks really awesome in person. The flash does not show the 3D effect in the picture that well.
same pick different angle (notice 3D image moves around surface)
A GREAT PICK PUNCH VIDEO WITH THE PICK PUNCH IN ACTION:
Here we are punching polycarbonate
Here we are punching placemats. These were made of polypropylene.
***Please do not punch thick srong materials. This Punch can break if misused. If it is really hard to punch then don't punch it. There is a section down below that discusses materials we have tested.*** ITEMS WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY MADE PICKS FROM WITH OUR PUNCH: If you do not see a material we have tested let us know and we will test it. Please note that although our punch was designed to punch materials with as little possible effort, some users may find it difficult to punch some materials. *see note below CREDIT CARDS GIFT CARDS BUS PASSES GYM PASSES PHOTO ID CARDS DRIVERS LICENSES CARDBOARD/PAPER (punches it but not very durable for picking) MAGNETIC SHEETING (not durable but alot of possibilities here with pick shaped magnet sheeting with craft related ideas) (we may sell the magnetic sheeting on our site) PLASTIC LIDS PLASTIC BOTTLES PLASTIC PLACE MATS PLASTIC WRAP ON STORE ITEMS (the kind is hard to tear and that cuts your hands) CELLULOID SHEETING - (MANY THICKNESS AND STYLES AVAILABLE SOON THAT YOU CANT GET ANYWHERE ELSE) Some of the sheet samples I have are works of art! POLYCARBONATE SHEETING *CAUTION see note below (MAYBE AVAILABLE ON OUR SITE. MORE TESTS NECESSARY TO DETERMINE IF WE WILL CARRY THIS PRODUCT) VINYL SHEETING (AVAILABLE SOON ON OUR SITE) CDS/DVDS *styles that can be divided in half only* My favorite recycled picks were made from CDs that split in half and then punched. Some have hologram/rainbow appearance. We have tested many of these and some companies make them from one solid piece with the magnetic media on the outside and some make them with the magnetic media sandwiched between two thinner disks. The sandwiched ones we found we could use after separating the two halves. *CAUTION see next section below But don't punch the CDs or DVDs that are regular thickness. They are just too thick and tough to punch. FELT *CAUTION see next section below * see next section below for items we had problems with ---------------------------------- ITEMS WE HAD PROBLEMS PUNCHING We are continually improving our punch and would like for them never to break but there are some materials that are just too hard on our little punch. SOME CDS/DVDS (we only had luck with the ones that will split in half after cutting with scissors around the outside of the CD/DVD. Full thickness CD/DVD are VERY difficult to punch and could break the punch) IMPORTANT!Although they will probably punch this type material we can not guarantee the punch will not break. It take enormous pressure to punch this type material. Please avoid hard thick materials such as these until we have more time to test our punch models or your punch could break. HARD PLASTIC RULERS AND SIMILAR ITEMS (some of these items are just too hard to punch out and the punch might break - avoid these materials) SOME FELT (some of the felt samples got stuck in the punch and could break the punch if used) LEATHER (thicker leather tends to get stuck in punch and could break the punch) POLYCARBONATE SHEETING (thicker polycarbonate could break the punch) CD COVERS (just too brittle to punch. all the picks we punched on cd covers cracked or shattered. They might break the punch eventually. FIBERGLASS SHEETING IN 1.0MM TO 1.5MM BROKE A PUNCH DON'T PUNCH THIS MATERIAL. METAL SHEETING (not tested but I would think the punch would not last very long punching metal) We suggest using materials that do not require a huge amount of force to be applied to the punch to prevent damage or possibly breaking the punch. Our punch can generate huge forces. Please use caution when selecting materials to punch. Some materials may break or bend the punch. If you want to extend the life of your punch we suggest using materials that take less pressure to punch. FINISHING TECHNIQUES WE HAVE USED ON PICKS WE HAVE MADE SUCCESSFULLY 1. NO FINISH. THE PICKS WILL WORK WELL UNFINISHED AND EVENTUALLY THE EDGES FINISH OFF THEMSELVES ON YOUR STRINGS. WE PREFER TO FINISH OFF THE NICER HARDER MATERIALS ALTHOUGH. 2. OUR MOST SUCCESSFUL TECHNIQUE IS TO FINISH THE PICKS BY HAND AND THAT IS THE WAY THEY USED TO BE MADE: STARTING WITH APPROXIMATELY 120 GRIT SANDPAPER SAND OFF ANY ROUGH EDGES. IF YOU HAVE A DRILL PRESS THEN BUY A MEDIUM OR FINE GRIT FLAPPER WHEEL TO HELP. BUT WE FOUND THE HAND FINISHING IS HOW YOU GET THE BEST RESULTS. MAKE SURE THAT YOU GIVE HARDER MATERIALS A BEVEL EDGE FOR BETTER RESULTS. AFTER USING THE 120 GRIT SANDPAPER THEN FINISH OFF WITH SOME CROCUS CLOTH 605GRIT OR SUPER FINE SANDPAPER. WE SUGGEST BUYING ONLY SANDPAPER THAT IS ACTUALLY CLOTH INSTEAD OF PAPER AND IT WILL LAST A LONG TIME. *Other sand paper combinations will work. We do suggest using at least two different grits to complete the finishing. 3. TUMBLER METHOD (NOT TRIED YET) SOME PICK COMPANIES USE TUMBLERS TO FINISH OFF THEIR PICK EDGES. THEY USE MATERIALS SUCH AS PUMICE AND CRUSHED CORN COBS AND OTHER MATERIALS. WE JUST PURCHASED A TUMBLER AND WE WILL GIVE YOU OUR RESULTS SOON.
Thanks everyone and have fun,
Von at pickpunch