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Made My Own Swazzle

Postby Harvey » 02 Jul 2015, 20:57

Well gosh I have not been on her in a long time
Well I have at last made my own swazzle(s) and even started selling them (and got positive reviews)
I make but out of drinks can (neatly cut out obviously) and I use some ribbon around the edge.
I only have two issues with mine.
they are quiet (which is not a large thing but my mic is quite a distance away from me now)
and they every so often just stop (best way I can put it)
Just two questions.
What do I do to stop these things from happening?
and
What is the best Material to use?
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Re: Made My Own Swazzle

Postby James » 02 Jul 2015, 22:37

Please don't use drink cans Harvey. It's dangerous!

Download Chris Somerville's excellent ebook (it's a bargain) and learn to make plastic swazzles. Safer, easier, and they'll hold their shape, unlike a coke can!
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Re: Made My Own Swazzle

Postby Chris » 03 Jul 2015, 11:23

I agree with James, Harvey. Please DO NOT use drinks cans to make swazzles. Firstly the metal is too thin to hold the shape of the bow which is necessary for the sound. More importantly, because the metal is thin it has a sharp edge when cut. You could very easily damage the tender lining of your mouth, and worse, let in infection. And for goodness sake Harvey, don't sell such swazzles. If someone else gets injured or infected they could sue you, or more likely your parents.

If your swazzles just stop working after a time it is more than likely because the metal is too thin and is gradually flattening and altering the bow. As for materials, then if you want a metal swazzle then sheet silver, or German silver is best, because it is soft and easy to work, and also non-poisonous. I make mine out of old credit cards. They are light in the mouth, cheap and easy to make. If you are not successful in making your own then buy some professionally made by either Miraiker Battey or Bryan Clarke.
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Re: Made My Own Swazzle

Postby geoff.london » 29 Jul 2015, 20:48

Yes, I agree with the others Harvey. If you swallowed a swazzle made from thin metal, who knows what it could do to your guts on the way down! Traditionally they were made from silver with rounded edges. Geoff.
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Re: Made My Own Swazzle

Postby Harvey » 30 Sep 2015, 12:14

I have now stopped using drinks cans and also stopped selling them I now use brass to make my swazzle
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Re: Made My Own Swazzle

Postby Chris » 30 Sep 2015, 15:14

Brass is not a safe metal to use.
Use silver, German Silver or at a pinch, aluminium.
And carefully round all the edges as well as the corners.
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