Saturday 17 May 2008

A Note About Tools and Substitutes

I am hoping to do more flower making tutorials, and thought that I would start by showing you the tools that I use to make them, and things that you can use to substitute for them.

So let me introduce you to my flower making tools - click on the picture for a larger view. Apart from punches this is pretty much it. From left to right they are:
  • DEET tool
  • Embossing ball tool
  • Stampin' Up! Paper Snips
  • Character shaping tool
  • Angled tweezers
and on the bottom - the foam pad.

Tweezers are invaluable for working with the smaller flower pieces. I have found that the most useful shape for general manipulating is an angled pair, as in the picture here.

The moulding mat, deet tool, embossing ball tool and character shaping tool are all Leone Em products. Obviously there are many other types of embossing ball tools, and I do sometimes use others, but this one in conjunction with the rounded end of the character shaper is the size I find most useful for flower making.

Of the things that I have tried as a substitute for the foam mat, I found that two or three layers of fun foam stuck together, or a spongy rubber mouse mat work the closest.

Here are some ideas for substitutes for the the other Leone Em tools:

For the needle end of the deet tool, a darning needle or very large pin such as a hat pin. The substitutes will work as well, but are more difficult to manipulate without a handle. The other end of the deet tool is not used specifically for any shaping, but more as an extra, smaller finger for manipulating or steadying fiddly work. It's not used very much, and before I had it I didn't miss it! An extra pair of tweezers, long fingernail etc would suffice.

For the embossing ball tool, and the rounded end of the character tool, use anything smooth and rounded. The kind of pencil that has a painted over rounded end works well, as does the cap end of this gel pen, and for smaller impressions the end of this paint brush works pretty well.

For the other end of the character tool I have tried out all of the above items, and they all work pretty well. Needs to be a cross head screwdriver - a flat head will dig in to the paper.

So that's it - with this strange collection of objects you can make flowers!


C. Sage Deerborn said...

I am looking forward to more of your tutorials. You are so clever and creative.

pattycakes said...

I really appreciate your consideration for those of us who might be 'tool challenged'..great tutorial, Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Checked your link to Leone Em and it is in Victoria, AU! I like your hints on substitute tools. I have everything I need but time. Do you know where I can some of that? Would pay good money! LOL


Anonymous said...

Thank you for the tips, I lost my embossing ball tool and didn't know what else to use. Very Helpful. =)

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