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Magnet Implant
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August 13, 2012
2:28 pm
vampyremage
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I just got a magnet implanted in my fingertip last night.  Today its quite sore (and typing is a little tricky as I'm trying not to use that finger for a couple days) and a little swollen, but I all ready love it.  Its one of the new stronger magnets designed (I believe) by Samppa Von Cyborg and I can lift coins with it.  I think its still a bit sore to really start seeing how it detects magnetic fields and such, but I'm really looking forward to that discovery.

August 13, 2012
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Welcome to your new sense!

You'll pick up some magnetic field soon enough, even if you don't try to!

Actually it hurts less than the pull of lifting metal when it's healing, it sort of vibrates, so you should be fine. Try any electric motor for an easy start.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
August 13, 2012
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Wow, that's awesome. You'll have to let us know how it goes as it heals more!

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August 13, 2012
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I have a few questions about the implant itself:

Is it one of the flat ones, or a little ball? Is is suspended? How did it feel getting it done? What's the first thing you lifted?

 

And yes, keep us updated on how it goes! This is a modification that I definitely want in the future.

August 13, 2012
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It looked like a little cylinder.  It was one of the more intense mods I've had to date which is probably unsurprising given how sensitive fingertips are.  I've mostly just lifted coins so far, as its still quite sensitive and I probably shouldn't be trying to lift much until its a little more healed.  Typing has been a bit of a challenge today as I'm trying not to use that finger at all, which isn't natural for me to do but every time I forget and press down with that finger I get a little shock of pain.  So suffice to say, I'm trying to avoid doing that as much as possible.  With my memory though, I keep forgetting far more often than I really should be :P

August 14, 2012
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This mod sounds interesting.  I've heard a bit about it in other threads around here and it sounds like the sort of thing I'd like to get, but I'm a guitar player, and music is part of my spirituality as well.  I don't want anything to get in the way of that.

Are there any guitar players out there who've had this mod?  Does it affect your playing in any negative way?  I doubt it would mess with the pickups, but does it?  How long does it take before it's healed enough that one can play again?

One of my primary concerns is that the steel strings would stick to the magnet for a moment before letting go.  A subtle effect, I imagine, but true musical expression is all about subtlety, and a mod like this might force me to learn a new way of playing.  Not something I'd look forward to after 20+ years of developing the skill.  I'd hate to get the implant and then go through the aftercare only to find that I cannot adapt to it and must have it removed.

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August 14, 2012
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I play a 6 string bass, and am right handed, so i decided to get mine in my left thumb, as i rarely use it apart from anchoring on the neck or occasionally deadening strings.

You can feel it on the pickups, if you get close, but it doesn't alter the sound, even if you touch it to the pickup. There's a light pull on steel strings, but not much.

Having said that i have one of the Steve Haworth magnets which are much weaker then Samppa's.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
August 14, 2012
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I was thinking of one of my thumbs for exactly that reason.  I think I'll be okay with it.  I'll have to keep it on my list of mod-to-get.  Thanks for the input.

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August 16, 2012
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How long does healing take on this?

August 16, 2012
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For me, stitches came out after a week, and it was still a little swollen and tender for another couple of weeks. To fully settled it was maybe another monthish.

Having said that, one the entry point heals and the swelling goes down it doesn't make much of an impact, and obviously infection risk etc has passed.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
August 16, 2012
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What Oakbear said is about what my body modification artist told me as well.  I've only had my magnet since Sunday and its all ready starting to feel much less sore.  The fact that I'm able to type with that finger again is quite the improvement actually.  I'll keep updated as healing goes on.  I get the stitches out this Sunday.

August 21, 2012
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Here's a brief update on how my magnet implant is doing.  Its been about a week and a half since the procedure and things are going great.  The stitches came out Sunday, which was an easy and pain free procedure.  There is still a slight bit of tenderness where the magnet sits, but that has reduced significantly.  The magnet is surprisingly strong for being so small, easily strong enough to pick up coins and almost strong enough to pick up cutlery if the cutlery is of a lighter nature.

August 21, 2012
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That's really awesome! Thanks for the update!

August 22, 2012
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Glad it's going well. Have you picked up any magnetic fields yet?

 

Try some of those 'lodestone' elongated egg shaped magnets. You can do fun things with them!

Other magnets generally can be great to play with, but watch out for larger neodynium ones, they're very strong and can hurt a healing implant.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
September 22, 2012
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What kind of magnet did you use? And how would I get one? Also, how much did it cost after everything was done?

September 23, 2012
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Hi 420smoke, welcome to the forum.

 

There are 2 suppliers of the magnetic implants: Steve Haworth and Samppa von Cyborg. They supply to artists, so you'd have to contact a modification artist to get them. Cost will vary, so speak to a reputable artist about the procedure, but expect it to be considerably more than for any piercing.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
September 23, 2012
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Where are you located 420smoke?  Depending on your location, we might be able to recommend an artist to speak to.

January 16, 2013
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I Have had my magnet implant for about 6 months now. Its an awesome feeling, especially were I work, we use a lot of magnets to hang signs…and its interesting discovering magnetic fields from random objects.

The magnet was supplied by Steve Haworth and implanted by Jared at True Image Tattoo in PA.

Allons-y!
January 23, 2013
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This mod sounds really cool, and I'd love to have one. I just, for the life of me, cannot locate anybody in the Denver Colorado or Northern Colorado area that does them. I guess I'll have to travel a ways to find someone.

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January 24, 2013
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For those with magnetic implants there is survey here for a chap's PhD regards the interface of body and technology, specifically with magnetic implants. It would be helpful if you could complete it. Only takes a couple of minutes.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
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