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I hate pin type tie tacks as I don't like to poke holes in my ties. Here is a simple, fast, easy solution: use a couple or three magnets.

Photo 1: I used a collectible hand carved duck and glued it to a magnet for a neat unique tie tack. (Of course it is now no longer a collectible but it is a better use than having it sit on a shelf.)

Photo 2: Use hot glue or epoxy to glue magnet to object.

Photo 3: two magnets under the shirt  and one on the tie. Bigger or more magnets mean stronger holding power but these are pretty strong.

Photo 4: Here I just use a naked magnet for the tie tack. You can also attach some magnet object to the tie magnet as well. I like to use steel foreign coins.
Ingenious! This opens all kinds of possibilities. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you! Yes, and it saves spending ten bucks on a single tie tack when as you say, anything can be a tie tack.

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