Introduction: Make Brass Guitar Picks From an Old Cymbal
I like brass guitar picks. They have a tone all their own. Buying them in stores is very expensive, so I decided to make my own...
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Step 1: Parts and Tools
I bought two cracked cymbals off eBay for one dollar.
I'll be using a tin snips, a bastard file, and a Dremel tool to make my picks...
Step 2: Cut the Cymbal Into Pick Shapes
I used three picks as templates for my picks...
First I cut them into small "chunks"...
Step 3: More Cutting
Then I cut the chunks into each pick shape. If you take your time, you can cut pretty close to the traced outline...
The better you do this step, the easier the next step is...
Step 4: Fine Tune Your Shapes
I used a cutting bit and my Dremel to get the shapes "just right".
Step 5: Finish Your Pick Shapes With a File
I then used a bastard file to smooth the edges and make them nice!
Step 6: Polish the Picks
Then I used my Dremel again, this time with an emory bit to further smooth and polish the picks.
Voila! Brass picks!
NOTE: Safety first - wear gloves and eye protection when making these picks!