Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Simpler can be better
Topic of the week: favorite crafts tool. This should be easy, I thought.
So, I took a tour of my workbench, plus all the extra drawers, boxes, and "organizers" (ha) that hold my crafts supplies and tools. It's amazing how much space a MINIATURES hobby takes.
I asked myself, what do I use most? What do I need for every work session?
My glue gun? No, I use many different kinds of adhesives, depending on what the surfaces are.
My cutting blade? Not really. I use a large, sharp scissors more than I use my knife. Scissors are faster, and also I don't have to plan ahead and take it out of a cardboard sheath.
I surveyed the paint brushes, sponges, tweezers, cutting board, soft clay, sandpaper, soldering iron. All useful for many projects.
And then my eyes landed on the tool I use for every single piece.
I thought this would be embarrassing, but not after Joanna's selection. Like hers: the simpler the better!
Here's my choice: the least expensive, most versatile tool—a box of toothpicks.
I use toothpicks for everything from spreading glue to holding down a piece for painting. I use them as tweezers, since unlike real, metal tweezers, I can toss the toothpicks when they get messy. I use them to lift, move, and reposition tiny elements of a scene.
Other advantages: they don't require a lot of space on the bench; they don't require an electrical outlet; they're not toxic; they're biodegradable, thus not harmful to the environment (I'm hoping Toothpick, Inc., doesn't use the rainforest for its source).
Dentists may prefer flossing, but for me, the old-fashioned toothpick does the trick on the workbench.
Have you ever found that simpler is better??