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Instructions by Kirr (on Fetlife) and Kristen
Pain sticks (also known as “evil sticks”) are good for creating sharp pain very quickly: hold the handle, pull back the end of the rod and let go, and it will snap against the skin. This is a great project for people who may not have a lot of maker/hacker/crafter experience (like me) — it doesn’t require many tools, and the materials are relatively inexpensive. It’s also fun to do with friends since one 48” carbon fiber rod will make about four pain sticks.
Thanks to Kirr for showing me how to make the pain stick and helping me document the process!
Update, 6/26/12: It turns out that the end of the pain stick can tend to split after repeated use. In order to prevent this, dip the end in a little two-part epoxy (look for double-barrel syringes of it in your local hardware store).
How to Make a Pain Stick
Materials and Tools
- 1 1/16” diameter carbon fiber rod (i.e., http://www.mcmaster.com/#2153t66/)
- Two-part clear epoxy (hardware stores carry this, look for a double-barrel syringe)
- Wire (or lanyard lacing, string, or twine)
- Plastic tool dip (hardware stores carry this)
- Pliers (if using wire)
- A multi-tool or wire cutter
You can clean the pain stick with bleach wipes.