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It's happened, or will happen, to anyone whose played guitar for a significant amount of time. The dreaded Xmas present of guitar picks from someone who just doesn't understand. They're too big, small, thick, or thin for your preferences, and now youre stuck with them, not wanting to throw them out but certainly not wanting to use them either. Besides for passing them off to another guitar player who'd use them or feeding them to your dog, turning them into ornaments is an excellent and easy way to get rid of them while still managing to glean some usefulness from them.
 
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Step 1: The Setup

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This is the basic set up: a small wood nail in a vice. Simply take a Bernzo torch and heat the nail up nice and hot. I tried making these using nails and awls but sometimes the pick would break, ruining the ornament.

Step 2: Making the Ornament

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While the nail is still hot, take the pick and burn a little whole in the upper center region. The nail will probably have to be reheated for every pick you make. And don't inhale the smoke.

Step 3: Finished Product

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Repeat until you use up all those annoying extra picks, then hang on your Christmas tree!
lightblu3 years ago
Why not to drill the pick??this is a lot of work...
selena_19774 years ago
Would a soldering iron also work for this or does it not get hot enough to melt through the picks?
sglurgup (author)  selena_19774 years ago
 I've never tried a soldering iron for that.. good thought though. As far as I know, it should get hot enough, but you'll probably have to clean your tip every few times, once the plastic melts onto the tip it doesn't heat as nicely.
Good idea and if you try it let me know how it works!
That is a lot of work to put a hole in a guitar pick!
DIYDragon5 years ago
Nice idea.. though I tend to not have an overage of pics.. I lose them a lot. If people buy me ones I don't need it's usually the thin ones which I can't play with for long. I rip them in half while playing. :P