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I've been playing around with ways of holding the 'stuff' whilst in the bottle. These are a set of grippers that will grip both fore and aft, and sideways.

Made from a piece of brass tube, brass rod,  a spring, and dowel.

A 'L' shaped piece is soldered to the end of the tube as shown after filling flats on both surfaces. The rod is bent to shape, inserted into the tube. A  hole is drilled through a piece of dowel for the tube and a bling hole for the rod. A spot of CA glue holds it together.

I used electrical solder for the joint.

Sideways grip is obtained by rotating the dowels in relation to each other, although I still have to experiment with the shape of the pincers to get the best grip of the part, the rod is pushed forward and rotated a bit, then spring pressure will act as a gripper for fore and aft. Its small enough to be worked with one hand.

Apologies for the out of focus shots








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