How To Make Tortoise Shell Picks

Learning how to make tortoise shell picks for a guitar is not very difficult. Only a few materials are required to make one of these beautiful picks, which will impress friends and any guitar listeners. The following is some advice on how to make tortoise shell picks.


  • Tortoise shell scale
  • Jigsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Five minute epoxy

How to make tortoise shell picks:

  1. First, buy everything that you will need. You will need a tortoise shell, available at many souvenir shops, or outside, if you find one. The remaining supplies are available at home improvement and construction supply stores.
  2. Cut a tortoise shell scale to a size that is about that of a guitar pick, using the jig saw. Be careful, and make sure that the shape (triangular, with rounded edges) is right.
  3. Then, using sandpaper, sand all of the edges of the section of shell, to make it perfectly smooth. No, do not sand so much that you actually damage the shape, or make it too small, however. Look for any small imperfections, and get rid of them by sanding.
  4. Then, mix some five minute epoxy. Apply a dot to one side of the shell pick, and spread it around evenly. Not much is needed to make a plastic-like, clear surface over the tortoise shell segment, which protects it and makes the pick smooth. Once this has dried, flip the pick over, and do the same on the other side, so that the pick is completely coated in epoxy. Once this dries, it may be used to strum the guitar!

Learning how to make tortoise shell picks is not too hard. Only a few material are needed, and when you are done, you will have a beautiful, homemade device to use with your guitar.

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