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It's happened to the best of us. We're holding a tiny piece of plastic, photo etch or resin in some tweezers ready to place it on our model and then... SNAP! Your little piece is airborne and flying straight into the carpet monster's gaping mouth. Then the long search begins...and almost always ends in failure.

Does anyone know of a specialised tool that can prevent this or do I have to make my own (was thinking of bonding some rubber to the tips of some tweezers)?

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I bought some of these from ebay recently.

The ones I have are just Chinagragh pencils. I got 5 for $1.15 AUD inc delivery.

First impressions are that they work well for little pieces, but don't expect to be able to force anything. They work for placing things only.

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Hmmm...this tool looks handy, but to your point Callum, the forcing bit is where it falls down. Some parts require that little bit of push to get in. I was thinking of melting some plastic and dipping the tips of some tweezers in.

Has anyone else tried this?

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For fine-point tweezers, cut some insulation off appropriately sized electrical wire, and slip it over the tips. Also good for holding painted parts without fear of marring their finish.

I am also toying with the idea of dipping or spraying some of my tweezers with a product called 'Plasti-dip', available in hardware stores. It's a rubberized paint meant for tool handles and whatnot.

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I am also toying with the idea of dipping or spraying some of my tweezers with a product called 'Plasti-dip', available in hardware stores. It's a rubberized paint meant for tool handles and whatnot.

Plasti-dip works very well. Seal the can with aluminum foil under the supplied cap after opening. VM & P naptha is a good solvent for thinning if needed (and it will be after awhile). Store in cool location to slow solvent loss.

Also, John Plzak taught me a neat "tip" for handling photo-etch: gently stick it with the tip of a sharp No. 11 blade. You won't be able to see the tiny ding in the surface, especially after painting. I've even used this with pre-painted PE and you can't see any defect in the surface.

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How about trying to stick a tiny bit of Blu Tack at the tip of your tweezers?

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How about trying to stick a tiny bit of Blu Tack at the tip of your tweezers?

I do this with a toothpick. When the superglue has a strong enough bond, the blue tack will let loose of the part.

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How about trying to stick a tiny bit of Blu Tack at the tip of your tweezers?

I do this with a toothpick. When the superglue has a strong enough bond, the blue tack will let loose of the part.

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