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Masciale Finger Thimble

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Comment by John Masciale on January 28, 2010 at 11:39pm
Here is the blank for my modified Converse thimble. This stays on my hand really well. The grid lines are 1/4".
Comment by Bell Banjos on April 3, 2013 at 7:55pm

That's nice of you to share your drawing, John. Before I met and played music with you, I admired your tone on your videos. Especially on that old Christmas song.

Comment by OK-4 on January 16, 2014 at 6:34pm

I highly recommend this pattern to any player with a set of tin snips.

I applied this pattern to the top of a can of Progresso soup and the result is my favorite banjo thimble. (The tin can worked GREAT with one potential problem: Buffing the edges was a challenge so I still worry about scratching the finish on my banjo, but it is such a nice thimble that I use it anyway.)

I needed to trim the "fingernail" portion a bit to get it to a size that suits me. The wide sides lend themsleves to getting a very nice comfortable fit with no pinching and no worries about falling off.

Comment by Strumelia on January 17, 2014 at 5:37pm

John, is the bottom point in the drawing the playing tip?

If so, are you sure you mean one square grid is 1/4"?- that would make the thimble a whopping 1 1/4" from playing tip to knuckle...  ?

Comment by John Masciale on June 8, 2015 at 10:26am

The bottom tip is the playing tip.  The problem with smaller thimbles that I have is that they slide off my finger.  this design is comfortable and stays on my hand.  Of course, you can trim the shape to suit your hand.

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