On striking clocks that use a rack and snail system to keep track of how many hours to strike, there is a little part called a gathering pallet (shown below). The piece rotates as the clock strikes. With every revolution, the pin sticking out catches a tooth on the saw-toothed rack and moves it up by one increment. It continues to do this until the end of the rack is reached and it often helps to lock the mechanism at that point. If you want to read up on striking clocks, I recommend Striking Clock Repair Guide by Steven G. Conover.
To make these, I found two small flat-head screwdrivers of roughly the same size and removed the plastic handles. I found used ones at a yard sale, but they were something like these screwdrivers. I annealed them with a propane torch. I then bent them to shape and refined them on a stationary belt sander. Once I had the shape where I wanted it, I hardened them. Finally, I cleaned them up a bit with emery sticks so they wouldn't mar the clock plates on which they rest.
Sure, you can buy lifting an prying bars for this purpose, but this was more fun and I got just what I wanted.