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Custom Guitar Pick Maker - Perfect Gift For The Guitarist

Updated on May 9, 2015

The Best Way To Make Recycled Guitar Picks From Common Household Items

If you own a guitar you no doubt have used a pair of scissors or a box knife (dangerous) to cut your own version of a pick from an expired gift card, an old vinyl record or a thick plastic juice bottle.

If you need to cut your own pic, the simplest way to get it right is to make a paper template from an existing guitar pick. Of course if you're looking to make your own pick there is a good chance you don't have one to make a template from. Fortunately that doesn't matter if you have one of these new gadgets from Pick Punch.

The Pick Punch - is a cool gadget that instantly makes you a do-it-yourself guitar pick maker. The Pick Punch is as easy to use as a stapler, works like a stamping press, and will have you punching out dozens of standard size guitar picks in minutes. All you need to do is choose which recyclable materials you want to make your guitar picks from and you'll be strumming a tune in no time.

The "Pick Punch" will make an ideal gift for anyone in your family that uses guitar picks while playing and if you or your guitarist are actively into recycling, the "Pick Punch" becomes even more valuable as a gift by covering more than one personal interest... "You are so thoughtful"

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Make Recycled Guitar Picks With The Pick Punch

The Pick Punch Machine is "too cool" or "tool cool". You will never run out of guitar picks again. The Pick Punch machine actually stamps guitar picks out of recycled materials you probably have lying around the house.

The Pick Punch works on old vinyl records, credit cards, gift cards, hotel keys, plastic bottles, and thick shirt board box material. There's no question you can find many other suitable materials that we haven't even thought of yet... Like old Plastic Halloween Pumpkins... "Hmmm"

The best thing is once you own the Pick Punch you'll never have to buy another guitar pick, you can simply make your own. Do you have a group of musician friends? You could make recycled guitar picks tie them up in fancy little pouches and give them to your guitar playing friends as a unique Christmas or anytime Gift.

This item is available through Amazon.com and ships free with Super Saver Shipping.

Guitar Picks Are Made From Virtually Any Materials

Although guitar picks these days are primarily made of one type of plastic or another, picks have and still are made from virtually any material you can imagine. It all depends on what the artist is comfortable with and the sound they are after.

Here's a quick list of materials and a brief description of each:

Plastic - Plastic picks are the most common and are definitely disposable, The sound will vary depending on the rigidity and the hardness of the plastic.

Wood - Wood picks give a warmer sound but tend to wear out easily.

Metal - Metal picks give bright sound but can wear out your strings more quickly and leave dings.

Glass - Glass guitar picks are and generally sound bright but gives different tones depending on the smoothness.

Stone - Stone guitar picks will resonate the strings more completely, but mind you don't scratch your guitar.

Did You Know That The First Plastic Guitar Pick Was Introduced IN "1922" by the D'Andrea Company ?

Sell Recycled Guitar Pics On E-bay

Well it seems as if there are some people capitalizing on the interest in recycled guitar picks by selling them on e-bay. e-bay tends to be a good indicator of whether or not the public at large has an interest in a topic or a product. The principle is: "If it sells on e-bay it should sell in stores".

When selling on e-bay it is important to build your online credibility as quickly as possible and that is done by having a high number of transactions that have been given a good rating. When first starting out selling on e-bay one way to build a transaction history quickly is by selling a low cost impulse item that can be easily mailed.

Recycled guitar pics would make a great e-bay product for building your reputation :

1) They are easily manufactured at home (sustainable sourcing).

2) You can mail them through the post office in an envelope (low shipping cost).

3) You do not have to purchase an expensive inventory (high profit item).

4) Recycled Guitar Picks would be a good product to start with on E-bay (ease of market entry).

Disclaimer: "There is no guarantee you can buy this machine on Amazon and make guitar pics from home and resell them for a profit on e-bay. Business opportunities change daily and often have some risk associated with them. If you decide to give this form of online sales a try it's suggested you at least proceed with caution."

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Custom Guitar Picks

These custom guitar pick picks make awesome gifts.

For more information including current pricing and availability follow the link or double click the photo. Image Credit: Amazon

How To Make Your Own Guitar Pick From A Used DVD

You can easily make guitar picks out of recyclable items using the guitar pick punch, but maybe you need a guitar pick now and can't wait until your new pick punch is shipped to you.

If that's the case here's a video that shows a few simple steps to making a functional guitar pick from a used CD or DVD disc, all you need is an old disc and a few items you probably already have on hand.

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      best dog shop 5 years ago

      I play bass so i use picks that are made from a thicker material then the normal guitar picks. It will be more difficult to cut out a pick with this gadget. Still, a very good idea :)

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      ooh, my son would love this!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This lens is super awesome. I use to play guitar back in the day and really excited about the hand made guitar picks. I usually got the cheap plastic picks and sometimes I would lose them and use a penny as my pick. Great lens and a fun read. Thank you.

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      bestguitarlessons 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed the uniqueness of this lens. I play guitar and have many times made my own guitar picks! Great lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I sometimes make my own with scissors and a plastic bottle but it's so hard to get them shaped and rounded nicely. Would love to own one of these punches.

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      shawnhi77 lm 5 years ago

      Congrats on winning lens of the day. I love this lens and it is a well deserved honor.

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      fluffywings 5 years ago

      What a fantastic idea and unique gift....brilliant!

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      Jack_WUK 5 years ago

      Ingenious!

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      JeffGilbert 5 years ago

      I had no idea that there was a market for a machine to make your own guitar picks. How do the they make the edge smooth??

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      keith-neighbors-90 5 years ago

      A really great article on a subject I certainly know about. It would be a great gift for any Guitarist....!

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      Karen Kay 5 years ago from Jackson, MS

      What a super idea! I used to make mine out of folded cardboard... but they never lasted long. When you lose your pick and you're in a pickle, you find lots of things that'll do in the moment! Great lens!

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      KevinGeetar 5 years ago

      Never even thought of this, what a great idea!

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      kayla_harris 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this useful Lens!

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      redeyegraphics 5 years ago

      Nice lens its very informative.

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      resonantpaul 5 years ago

      Fantastic Lens! Picks are forever losing themselves!

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      WBJanitorial LM 5 years ago

      This is an awesome lens!! I used to play the drums, my brother played guitar, we played together for years. On weekends, a handful of friends would come over.....great times!!! This lens brings back some awesome memories. Thanks and best of luck to you on Squidoo.

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      HouseBuyersOfAmerica 5 years ago

      Interesting ideas...And congratulations on LOTD

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      Mool-Manoj-Khatri 5 years ago

      well done... bravo..! :-)

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      pinoyrecipe 5 years ago

      haven't yet, however I'm planning to try one. I do love guitars and I also play them :-)

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      reubenj 5 years ago

      I think this is a great gift idea. I have used everything from business cards to plastic coke bottles to make pics. Maybe Santa will bring me one of these for Christmas.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      I've never made guitar picks. I need to learn to play my guitar better first. Cool lens.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Now I need to find a guitar. Thank you for publishing this fascinating lens. Wish you the best.

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      mrducksmrnot 5 years ago

      Congratulations on a well deserved LOTD and saving a lot of plastic and other things from the landfill's. Well done.

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      Mary Stephenson 5 years ago from California

      Congratulations on LOTD. Didn't there was such a machine to make your own picks. Haven't dragged my guitar out in years, not even sure where my 2 picks are.

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      MBCOnline 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this great idea! Congrats on your LotD!

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      PassionatelyCur 5 years ago

      love this idea! Guys are hard to find gifts for and this is great : )

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your LotD. Thanks for sharing great info.

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      No, I didn't know I could..

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      Guitarjoe63 5 years ago

      This is so cool! Though I've been playing for years, I've never thought of doing something like this. I usually just go to the local music store and grab something that's comfortable and both light and medium gauge.

      One big issue I've run into over the years is losing the grip on my picks after playing for a length of time. After awhile many players start to develop persperation on their hands (hey, playing fast takes effort!) and it makes holding onto the pick challenging.

      This has the wheels turning in my head now. Thanks for sharing! :-)

      Joe

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      TopFreeGames 5 years ago

      no =/

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nifty ideas

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      Earnlat 5 years ago

      No can't say that I have, cause I don't play the guitar. I suppose because of their size, those pics can get misplaced ofter.

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      walclan 5 years ago

      What a great lens! I know a couple of young men who would love that pick punch! Congratulations on LOTD!

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      LockManStoke 5 years ago

      Well done on getting lens of the day!!!!!

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Interesting information about picks, I did not know you can make them out of virtually any material. I wish I still had my pick collection from famous musicians...they got lost in one of my moves.

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      Virginia Kay 5 years ago

      My best friend bought me a pick punch for Christmas last year. It is the best thing ever! I'm always losing my picks (as I'm sure is the case with many guitarists) so this was perfect.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congrats on lens of the day!

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      AstroGremlin 5 years ago

      Our whole band used our room keys to make picks but couldn't get back into our room.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      My family could have used this in their guitar playing days. Neat idea. Congratulations on LotD.

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      cyberflutist 5 years ago

      Congratulations! This was a very interesting lens.

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      Maritimer LM 5 years ago

      A BIG Congrats on lens of the day!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I have played guitar for years and never once thought of making my own picks. Duh! This is way cool. Congrats on LotD!

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      What a cool gift idea. I didn't even know they existed.

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      Dipalika 5 years ago

      congrats on LotD. Great lens.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Never, and I don't think I will do, but it is a good guide-lens

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Congrats on LotD. And this is an awesome lens. I love the idea of making your own. I know some musicians who will love this for Christmas!!!

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      Marti Lawrence 5 years ago from Grain Valley, Missouri

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day! This was very interesting! I never thought of making a pick at home using recycled materials - what a neat idea!

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      lewisgirl 5 years ago

      No, but this is a great idea!

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      Congrats on lotd!

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      No, but this is a cool gift idea. It could be hooked to your keychain, even if you don't have a guitar. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Clever and informative, and I love a do it yourself option. Pinned to my board on "Thrifty Living" although it could go on the board for loving the environment. Congrats on the great lens and the honors.........

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      MelissaRodgz 5 years ago

      No I never thought about this. Very creative.

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. I'd never heard of DIY guitar picks before. Cool niche.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD, great gift ideas for guitar owners.

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      oddobjective 5 years ago

      Cool lens. I did not even know you could purchase a pick punch. Congratulations you deserve it for such a unique lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Now this is just so cool, I had never seen a guitar pick punch before and what a unique gift idea that will be so well used. I love that you include a little history of the guitar pick and how picks in different materials make different sounds when playing. I have made make do picks along the way...those little buggers do get lost and many guitar players have gone looking for those plastic tabs left over from bread bags in a pinch. Lets get pickin! Congratulations on your purple star and LotD honors!

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      I have not, but my grandson probably has. This would be a great gift for him. Congratulations on LotD!!

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      lakern26 lm 5 years ago

      Cool idea! Thanks for sharing and congrats on your LOTD :)

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      Genesis Davies 5 years ago from Guatemala

      Congrats on Lens of the Day! I've seen these machines on Amazon and they are really cool.

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      ShedHead LM 5 years ago

      This pick cutter is a great little tool. I have thought of getting one for myself and also making some pocket money on ebay as I know picks sell really well there.

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      TopDigitalMarke 5 years ago

      Really cool! I love DIY stuff, and although I don't play the guitar (I wish...) I know a lot of people who do who would probably love this! I do know business though, so for the people interested in trying to sell these, definitely try to differentiate yourself by doing something cool with your picks! Be creative (but still functional)!!

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      Birdlady LM 5 years ago

      Super cool lens, I never thought of making my own pick. Awesome!

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      Corrinna Johnson 5 years ago from BC, Canada

      My daughter is always losing her picks and making homemade recycled guitar picks would be fun for her. Congratulations on lens of the day!

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      musocentric 5 years ago

      I love this it's a marriage made in heaven!

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      Gale 5 years ago from Texas

      Hi! I've cut a pick from a credit card and wasn't happy with the result. The bought picks I had have had nice beveled edges, and of course, my home-made one didn't. Does this pick maker help bevel the edges too? Or is there a good way to do that yourself on your homemade picks?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I never made my own pick before. Your lens has really educated me regarding guitar picks. I never knew customizing them myself was even possible. Thank you so very much for sharing.

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      Pete Schultz 5 years ago

      congrats on LOTD, and a great recycling/custom pick idea it is!

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      Dianeyp LM 5 years ago

      What a unique product! Great lens!

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      joancol lm 5 years ago

      I have played guitar for years, but never thought of this.

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 5 years ago from Johanesburg

      No am looking forward to that

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      aperkins lm 5 years ago

      Great lens! Have you ever tried paper micarta as a material? Used for knife handles mostly.

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      What a wonderful product and a great product review lens! Congrats on your purple star and LotD. Blessed!

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      RichLeighHD 5 years ago

      As it stands I have multiple different guitar picks of different colours/thickness around me. When I buy guitar picks I tend to buy them in bulk so that I never go without... I still manage to misplace them all pretty quickly mind you so may just have to consider making my own/buying a pick punch in the future! Congratulations on the Lens of the Day.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I haven't, but I have a guitar player in the family who might really enjoy making his own guitar picks. Very cool product, great gift idea, and fabulously nichey Lens of the Day!

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      Tom 5 years ago

      That is such a cool idea. Never knew you could make your own. Congrats on LotD!

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      Bob Zau 5 years ago

      @flash167 lm: Another very iinformative response. Thank You

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      flash167 lm 5 years ago

      Yes, I make my guitar picks out of gemstone rock such as Mexican Crazy Lace Agate and Holley Blue Agate. They produce a wonderful tone. This is actually a by-product of the cabochons I make.

      Often when I'm slicing slabs of rock on my diamond saw, I have pieces that are thinner than I would like for cabochons so instead I change the thickness that I am cutting and cut the thickness I want for guitar picks.

      It's amazing how beautiful some of the guitar picks are made from gemstone material that is cut so thin.

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      tobydavis 5 years ago

      Fun idea and a great way to personalize playing the Guitar!

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      congrats on the LOTD

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      This is quite a fun idea - thanks for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel, and congrats on LotD!

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      Bob Zau 5 years ago

      @Dressage Husband: Thanks for the informative comment- Have a great day!

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      Sitabodang LM 5 years ago

      Looks like a lot of fun!

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      onyesvic 5 years ago

      congrats

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      GabStar 5 years ago

      what a great idea!

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      This is a good idea for anyone playing a traditional steel string acoustic guitar and those playing steel strung electrics. The tension on steel strings is 10 times higher than on a nylon strung guitar and this means that if you finger pick you are very likely to tear your nails or worse cut your fingers.

      Picks are not required at all to play Classical Guitar as strings are nylon, gut or modern Carbon Fibre synthetics. This makes the Classical Guitar an ideal option for children wanting a first guitar and avoids the tears of a lost pick!

      Well done on LOTD and I really like the possible business idea, which is supported by the eBay items you have listed.

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      EpicFarms 5 years ago

      Nope not a guitarist, but this is a very clever idea. Congratulations on LoTD :o)

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      candy47 5 years ago

      I didn't know that you could make your own guitar picks, or that there is such a thing as a pick punch. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on Lens of the Day :)

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      NeilMoore 5 years ago

      You have done a great job, dude!

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      Rowangaia 5 years ago

      Although I cannot play the guitar, I have the deepest admiration for those who do. I like this unique lens: congratulations on earning LOTD.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Never thought of it. I learned something new.

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      Cool idea to make your own guitar picks and cool lens too! I didn't even know that there exists a Pick Punch Machine. Thanks for the info! Also congratulations on getting Lens of the Day!

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      Mr-Panda LM 5 years ago

      Very unique! Great lens.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Never knew I could. Congrats on LOTD. Blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      No never, but after reading this I think its so easy to make Guitar picks.

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      Rosetta Slone 5 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      I don't play guitar, so it's not useful for me. But what a fantastic idea for a gift. Such a cool gadget that you've highlighted here.

      Congrats on LOTD, by the way!

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      Thamisgith 5 years ago

      I had no idea you could get these. Like some other commenters, scissors and old credit card has been something that worked in the past.

      I think that my son would love one of these for Christmas. Thanks for sharing.

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      kindoak 5 years ago

      Tried it once with a wire cutter but it didn't end up well - I should have had the Pick Punch shown above!

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      Never have, but I think it's a good idea to make out recycled material.

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      CASHGURU 5 years ago

      yes i often make my own... excellent lens

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Great Lens!

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