How to Make a Tattoo Gun

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How to make a homemade tattoo gun with household items

Tattoos are expressive and individualized means of self-expression. What could be more personalized or creative than creating your own tattoo gun? However, tattooing on human skin with a DIY tattoo gun and no professional training may be very harmful; instead, practice tattooing on fruit or synthetic skin with this tattoo gun.

1. Developing the Components

1. Locate a motor. You’ll need an electric motor or equivalent rotational motor that works on at least 12 volts; 18 volts is preferable.

  • A tiny shaft will protrude from the middle of the engine. Attach a little four-hole button to the shaft using superglue. Take care not to apply so much glue that it leaks through the button holes and plugs them. They must be open so that you can insert the needle. Remove it from the oven and set it aside to dry.
  • You may use an eraser instead of a button. Take the eraser from a mechanical pen and firmly press it on the little shaft of your motor.
  • You may remove the motor from a VCR or remote control vehicle, but the power will be much reduced; it will be about 3.5 volts.

2. Make the tube. The needle will be guided by the “tube.” It’s simple to construct one out of a pencil or pen.

  • Make use of a mechanical pencil. A cheap plastic pencil will suffice, or you may use a metal pencil. You may leave the pencil as is or trim it down to around a 3″ to 4″ length, depending on your desire.
  • You may also use a regular stick pen, such as a Bic, and remove the ink cylinder from the inside. If you desire a shorter tube, trim the pen to 3″ or 4″ in length. File down the brass tip of the pen to get the ball out and create the hole large enough for the needle to slide through.
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3. Create a brace. When the tube is connected to the tattoo gun’s machine motor, the brace will provide support.

  • Break off a teaspoon from the bowl (the part you eat from). Then, bend the spoon back into a “L” form.
  • A second approach is to remove the bristles from a toothbrush, leaving approximately 4″ of bristle length. Warm up the plastic toothbrush handle with a lighter and bend it into a “L” shape. Keep the bent handle in place until the plastic cools and stiffens.

4. Create a needle. Make a metal guitar string about an inch longer than the length of your tube. After assembly, it should extend from the center of the motor to the tip of the tube. Bring the soap and water to a boil in a kettle. Put your needle in the kettle and bring it to a boil for five minutes. Rinse it in clear water before boiling it again in water alone.

  • You may prepare multiple needles ahead of time. If you do this, be sure to preserve them in a sterile container.
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2. Putting the Gun Together

1. Join the tube to the brace. Take off the eraser and any remaining lead from your mechanical pencil. Tape the pencil to the short end of the spoon (or toothbrush) bracing, much as you would a rifle. The open “eraser” end of the pencil should line up with the bend in the spoon, and the shaft of the pencil should rest on the brace’s straight plane. The pencil’s tip will protrude over the edge of the brace.

  • Make sure the pencil is firmly taped to the brace; it should not wobble or move in any manner.

2. Attach the brace to the motor. Tape the motor to the brace’s short end. Check that it’s straight and that the button is situated along the brace’s shaft.

3. Insert the needle. Thread one end of the guitar string through the pencil tip and through the tube. Pick up your pliers and bend the end of the guitar string into a 90-degree angle when it comes out the other end. Then, bend the string tip again to make a second 90-degree angle. You’re essentially making a hook at the tip of your needle. Remove any excess wire from your hook; it doesn’t have to be that lengthy.

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4. Hook up the needle to the motor. Insert the hook you just made into one of the holes on your button. When you spin the button, the needle should go in and out of the end of your pencil tube. Trim the needle if required.

  • If you used an eraser instead of a button, make just one 90-degree angle on the end of your guitar string and push it firmly into the eraser to attach it. Please keep in mind that the needle is purposefully positioned off-center. Do not place it directly in the center of the eraser.

5. Connect the power supply. Use a two-wire plug-in adaptor from a CD player, phone charger, or other power source. Separate the wires and connect them to the motor’s connections.

  • If you don’t want to keep unplugging and replugging your power source every time you stop to wipe the skin, get a little On/Off switch from an electronics shop and attach it to your motor connection.

6. Single-use products should be discarded. After you’ve completed your tattoo, you must dispose of the needle and the tube (mechanical pencil/pen). Under no circumstances may these goods be reused. They have the potential to transmit illnesses such as hepatitis and HIV. Even if you just intend to use the materials on yourself, the danger isn’t worth it, particularly because guitar strings and mechanical pencils and pens are so cheap.

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