So, I had a idea a while ago, and haven't had a chance till now to try it... But today I made a few kistkas out of the tips of an old pen and a broken automatic pencil.
I wanted to see if I could make this out of just stuff I had lying around, without spending any money. Having a well equipped work shop makes that easier, I don't know how much of this stuff the average person will have lying around.
Look at the tips of these, they look just like the real deal!
Ok, the tools, Wire (no idea what gauge) wire cutters and pliers, wooden dowels, super glue, drill gun.
So, first thing. I used the base of one of them to make the loop.
I made the first loop too small, but didn't get pics of the bigger loop.
then I superglued the tip to the loop (And tapped it hard on the table a few times to see if it would stay) and then drilled a hole at the end of the dowel and popped the tip in there
Rince and repeat for the other.
Now, a couple of points. These tips are the solid metal tips. You can't use chrome plated plastic tips and expect anything good when you heat them up to melt the wax. I have no idea how the superglue is gonna behave when heated a few times. I might have to switch to something else if they fall off. But this cost me nothing, and took less than an hour to make, so I thought it was worth the try. I will update this when I have the chance to use them.