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How to make a tattoo machine at home


That device, which is called a tattoo machine in the catalogs of online stores, is not really a complete device, ready to work out of the box. Some manufacturers, of course, supply their devices complete - but they also require some effort to connect and configure. In the vast majority, the tattoo machine must be assembled before work.

There is nothing complicated in assembling a tattoo machine. There is no particular difference between rotor assembly and induction - from this point of view they are almost identical. But, as elsewhere, in the assembly and configuration process there are subtleties and nuances. We will try to explain in detail the entire procedure for collecting your tattoo machine.
To begin with, you need to evaluate many factors on which the choice of a tattoo machine that you need will depend. Assessment of the estimated “work front” - the scale, place of application, the size of the contour, lines, volume and complexity of the places to be painted. So, the choice is made.

What is the strength?

To begin with, mention should be made of power equipment - power supply, clip cord and pedals. If you think that this is not part of the tattoo machine, then you are mistaken. It’s like gasoline and a car’s battery - it seems to be there, but it may not work.
So, we install the power supply at the workplace, connect the power cord and plug it into the network. All power supplies for the tattoo machine have at least two connectors - one for connecting a clip cord, the other for connecting a pedal. We connect these wires.

Let's go further

Further assembly of the tattoo machine, as well as the desktop, is done with clean hands in gloves - and this is very important! In the future, you are going to give the client a tattoo, and this is a violation of the skin - and, as a result, the opportunity to put dirt on the client’s wound. Gloves must be sterile.
On the desktop are laid out the details that will be required to collect the tattoo machine. It is advisable to have two sets of keys for collecting the machine: sterile for collection, normal for parsing.

We take the holder, insert the back tube and the tip into it, tightly fix them - in these places there is a strong vibration. When using a disposable tip with a tube - we get them out of the package, insert them into the holder, and also tightly fix. If you prefer a disposable holder with a tube and a tip - just pull them out of the package. Do not forget about the dimension of tips and needles.
We remove the tattoo needle from the package, carefully insert it into the assembled holder. The main task is not to damage the tips of the needles. Some masters bend the needle bar, some are supporters of a straight needle - this is selected only empirically, as it will be more convenient for you to use.
We put the nipple on the core of the striking tattoo machine. In the future, this will be the place of attachment of the needle. We also put bandage on the body of the tattoo machine if the machine is not equipped with a special needle stabilization system. Nipples and bandages are disposable, as they are subject to wear and pollution. Order them with a margin.
We insert the holder with a tattoo needle into a special hole in the tattoo machine. Secure it with a lag screw. Do not tighten strongly, in the future you will adjust the needle reach.

On the needle

Attach the needle to the nipple and adjust the needle overhang. Then tighten the tightening screw well. There is a lot of vibration in this place. When setting up the needle tip on a tattoo machine, do not forget that the tip of the needle should not protrude beyond the tip of the tips.
We put the bandage on the needle bar. This will significantly reduce the fluctuations of the needle and at the same time protect it from breaking from the striking tattoo machine. For machines equipped with a needle stabilization system, it is still easier. Tightening the system settings screw - you bring the stabilizer roller to the needle bar. The roller should only slightly press down the bar.

The main thing is protection

The next step is to use barrier protection. We put on a special bag on a tattoo machine. The most important thing is that the bag completely covers the machine, does not interfere with the needle and does not fall down during operation. We put a special bag on the clip cord wire. For convenience, put a bandage on the clip cord connector and calmly pass through the bag. Do not pull the connector out of the bag completely, just pierce the clip cord protection itself with the contacts. It is fast, convenient and functional at the same time. If there is an RCA connector on the end of the wire, fix it with a banding rubber or duct tape for reliability.
The use of barrier protection is extremely important, as this is directly related to the hygiene of the tattooing process. The tattoo industry has long been accustomed to disposable needles, and it is mastering one-time modules with a vengeance - the needle and the tip in one cartridge. Disposable tips have also long and tightly entered the life of tattoo artists, not uncommon and disposable flu. Machines, and power equipment, were and remain equipment for long-term use. The worst part is that this equipment is quite complex in shape - it has many angles, protrusions and indentations. All this contributes to the accumulation of contaminants, which are then laborious to remove. One-time protection effectively prevents their appearance, and helps the master to keep his equipment clean.

Give the current!

We connect the clip cord to the typewriter. We connect one wire to the contact terminal on the rear panel of the machine, and the other to the neighboring terminal located directly above the first. When using the RCA connector - connect them.
Now we press the pedal - and if you connected everything correctly, then the machine should work. Adjust the voltage, the needle sticks out and you can get to work.

Search for necessary parts

First of all, we need an electric motor designed for a voltage of at least 12 volts (better than 18 volts). Usually a small gear is mounted on the motor shaft. Take a small button with four holes and glue it to the gear using super glue. Be careful not to glue the holes in the button; they must remain open to secure the needle. Set the motor with the button glued to one side so that the glue dries.

You can try using a motor from a VCR or a toy car, but usually they are designed for voltage 3

5 Volts, which will not be enough for a homemade tattoo machine.

Pick the right pen or pencil

It will perform two functions simultaneously:

  • serve as a body for a tattoo machine,
  • the rod inside the handle will guide the needle.

For these purposes, an ordinary mechanical pencil is perfect, regardless of whether it is plastic or metal.

You can use the usual ballpoint pen type "Bic". Blow out the core from the paste, remove the ball and, if necessary, widen the hole slightly so that the needle passes freely through it.

With it, the motor will be attached to a ballpoint pen. You can make it, for example, from a teaspoon. You need to break off the part of the spoon that you eat. We bend the remaining handle in the form of the letter "G".

You can also use a toothbrush for this. Use a lighter to heat the plastic handle and bend it. You need to keep the brush bent until the plastic cools and hardens.

DIY tattoo machine at home - all you need to know to do

Most scientists claim that the tattoo originated in a primitive society, it was applied as a symbol of belonging to the tribe, as a magical defense against dark forces, from the enemy and animal. Currently, she has become very popular among young people. Someone seeks the help of professionals, while other people want an individual tattoo with their own hands. For this, it is not necessary to purchase an expensive tata machine. It is possible to decorate the body with a tattoo, and at home without a professional tattoo machine, making a machine with your own hands from improvised means.

Selection of parts to create a tattoo machine.

To make such a machine is quite simple from improvised materials and parts,

  1. 12-18 volt electric motor,
  2. The charger is 12-18 volts, depending on the voltage of the electric motor,
  3. Ball pen,
  4. Insulating tape,
  5. Soldering iron
  6. 6 string guitar
  7. Metal bracket or screed,
  8. The gear that will be worn on the electric motor,
  9. Antibacterial agent.

The selection of parts from the list is not universal, since you can pick up similar parts.

Assembling a tattoo machine consists of several stages:

  1. Release the pen shaft from the tip and clean from ink, rinse with warm water and treat the inside of the pen with an antibacterial agent (can be soaked in alcohol for 15 minutes),
  2. Remove the ball from the tip of the rod and treat with alcohol,
  3. Saw the tip from the rod from the side of the ball a bit so that a guitar string crawls into it. The length of the string and the rod must match, cut off the excess part of the string,
  4. We put the tip on the rod and insert the string,
  5. With the help of electrical tape and a soldering iron, we attach the charger to the electric motor on one side, we put the gear on the other side,
  6. We bend the empty handle with the letter G, for this it will need to be heated on fire,
  7. Insert a rod with a guitar string into an empty handle,
  8. We attach the guitar string to the gear on the electric motor, it should be located on the axis, this will increase the frequency of beats,
  9. Bracket (screed) we fix the ballpoint pen to the engine.

The assembly process takes up to 30 minutes, the main thing is to prepare all the parts and tools in advance.

Tips for beginners.

  1. For convenience, you can solder the switch to the charger,
  2. In the process of creation and before use, carry out an antibacterial treatment of the tool,
  3. After the work is done, the string-needle and the rod are thrown out, for a new job they take a new rod and string,
  4. It is important to adjust the string so that it is stretched during operation, otherwise the pattern will be uneven,
  5. The string should peek out of the tip 4-5 mm,
  6. The electric motor can be taken from a children's toy or bought in the spare parts market,
  7. Before using a tattoo machine, check it on a piece of leather (from a jacket or shoes) or on a banana.

Having made a tattoo machine, it remains to choose a drawing and carry out the tattoo procedure in sterile conditions. In case there are any problems with the machine, it is better to postpone the drawing process.

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DIY tattoo machine at home- photo examples from 1/16/2018

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So, how to assemble an induction tattoo machine. Assembly process

There are many combinations of assembling an induction tattoo machine. Consider a method that allows you to reduce the number of touches on the typewriter, which will prevent its pollution. Assembly is best done with medical gloves tight-fitting on the hands.

The sequence of steps during assembly of the machine is as follows:

  • first you need to take the nose,
  • screw it into the holder,
  • fix the spout in the holder,
  • remove the disposable needle from the package,
  • bend the needle - this is necessary to avoid spraying paint on the body,
  • insert a nipple into the eye, which will ensure a reliable connection of the needle with the striker,
  • gently insert the needle into the nose, pushing it through the holder - it is important to do everything slowly so that the needle does not rest against anything, otherwise it will become dull and become unusable,
  • insert the fully assembled holder into the hole of the induction machine,
  • put the eyelet on the striker.

Once the machine has been assembled, it should be set up. It is about adjusting the needle reach - for beginners, a three millimeter offset is enough. Needle departure adjustment is carried out when unscrewing the nozzle with a key, setting the desired departure and re-fixing the nozzle. The final stage is to put the elastic on the machine so that it presses the needle.

After completing the collection, check if your machine is working - connect it and press the pedal. If she makes the right sounds, you can start applying tattoos.

Now you know, how to assemble an induction tattoo machine - there is nothing complicated about it. We recommend that you watch the video attached to the article in order to better understand all the information provided.

Needle for tattoo machines

A metal guitar string will be used as a needle for a homemade tattoo machine. Cut such a piece of string so that it is a couple of centimeters longer than the length of a previously made tube.

The needle should reach from the center of the engine to the tip of the tube after assembly (see the following photos).

For disinfection - boil the needle for ten minutes. You can prepare several needles in advance. In this case, they need to be stored in a sterile jar.

Getting started assembling tattoo machines

Connect the ballpoint pen and bracket together.

The photo shows how to place the bracket - the long part along the handle, while the end of the ballpoint pen and the bend should be at the same level. Fasten the parts together with electrical tape. The connection must be strong to prevent swaying and loosening.

Fix the motor with a button glued on it in the same way.

Pass the guitar string through the ballpoint pen. After that, bend its end in the form of the letter “P” and insert it into one of the holes in the button. Rotating the motor, you will see that the tattoo needle of the machine moves up and down. If necessary, cut off the extra length at the needle.

Connect the power source.

You can use any charger that is rated for a voltage no lower than the electric motor you use. For greater convenience, you can install a switch or button.

After you have finished working with a tattoo machine, discard the needle and tube (pencil or pen).

Do not reuse them under any circumstances! Failure to comply with these rules threatens to become infected with diseases such as hepatitis and HIV.

Note: This article is for informational purposes only!