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Save Your Fingers
by Judy Ellis, Wirejewelry.com
Wire Jewelry Tip for December 30th 2015
Save your Fingers by Judy Larson
As you begin working more with sheet metal, you find there are few little tricks to making your projects easier. Today Judy shares a few of her “tricks” with us.
When you are texturing metal blanks, do you usually hold the pieces on your bench block with your fingers? If you do, you have probably hit your fingers more than a few times-ouch! There are several solutions to this problem.
You could use painters tape to hold the metal blank on your bench block. However, you will have to re-position the tape when you need to texture under it. Also, vigorous hammering will loosen the metal from under the tape and the blank could go flying.
So what else could be used? Head to your garage, kitchen and laundry room to find great tools! Look for items that will allow you to put the greatest surface area of the tool on the blank-the rounded end of craft stick will touch the blank in a VERY small spot whereas a square ended stick touches a greater surface area.
Each square in the photo is one inch. Cut different angles on each end of a dowel-45 and 60 degrees are shown. Use a scissors to cut off the rounded end of a wide frozen treat wooden stick. Sand the corners round, if desired. For a shorter tool, take a clothespin apart.
You can find various sizes of flexible “gripper” style finger covers at fabric/craft stores. Finger covers like these are sometimes used by bank tellers when counting bills. Slip one on the end of your chosen tool and it can hold your blank from moving without the fear of scratching your metal.
Do you have an old rubber spatula with a wooden handle? Use the handle to hold blanks down. If you cut around the outside edge of the rubber sleeve, you will have a non-slip surface to hold the blank down.
Did any of these little tricks help you? I hope so!