Precise pinning your miniatures (Tutorial)

As all of you know it`s necessary to pin some parts of your miniatures to stabilize the adhesive points.

Most of the time the surface is globular and defenitely not supposed to make our life easier. After marking the points you want to drill there`s often the problem that the drill will slide away when you turn on the machine. The following tutorial shall show you how you can avoid this with a little trick to get the pins where you want them.

Was wird benötigt?
1. a needle or a nail with a good tip
2. a lighter and maybe a tealight or a any other candle
3. a gimlet / drill
4. some wire or a paperclip
5. a Nipper
6. a small piece of wool / handkerchief / cork or whatever

Schritt für Schritt
To solve the above named problem we`re using a little trick called "punching". You can find it in the metal industry.

Take the needle and fix it either in a piece of cork or wrap a small piece of handkerchief around it (or use an old brush for this; a nice sculptingtool too!). Use the blunt end for this so you are still able to take advantage of the sharp tip! This ensures that you could hold the needle without burning your fingers for further instructions.

Now hold the needle just above the flame of your tealight. Make sure to not touch the flame because the most heat will be generated above.

Some seconds later you could use the sharp HOT tip to mark the position for the final drill. It`s not necessary to get a deep hole in it, we just want to add a tiny spot. This one ensures that the drill won`t slide away.

After you`ve drilled out the first hole you should stick in a short piece of wire that is just looking out about 1mm. The shorter the better. Do not glue this one inside of it! We`re just using this short one to mark the perfect drillhole on the opposite part. To do this simply add some color to the end of the wire and press the 2 parts gently together. The color will mark the hole for the other side. Now you can repeat the process with the needle / flame / drill again.

All you have to do now is to glue all pieces with a stronger wire together. I prefer paperclips here since those are very stable and in mostly every household availabe. Please make sure that the drilled holes are not bigger then the wire.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the tutorial, using a slightly different method around here, but everyone's got his own cooking recipe i presume.

    Now on to next tutorial, gap filling a painted miniature ;)