Quick Tip: Use Toy Darts to Pick Up Tiny Tricky Items

I run, a badge making business in Dublin, Ireland. Here is a little trick I use for removing components that sometimes get stuck in my badge making machines. This can happen if a component is damaged or if I accidentally load two of the face components into machine at the same time.

I got fed up with turning the machine upside down to shake out jammed pieces so I bought a cheap toy dart gun in a €2 shop. I now always have one of the darts close at hand when making badges or magnets.

This might come in handy in other applications where small items become stuck and are hard to get a grip on.

Niall de Buitlear

Niall de Buitlear is an artist and designer. You can find his work at and

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