Monday, December 14, 2009

Keys and Locks

I learned something useful this weekend.

Usually, when I'm drilling through the resin or pewter, I hold the item in my hand and use the rotary tool with the drill bit in it.

It's sort of scary having a rapidly turning drill bit close to your hands and fingers.

And as clumsy as I've been lately, I know I better watch myself so I don't get hurt. The burns are healing, but a hole in my hand might take longer, don't you think.

But I learned that I can use the skinny nose vise grips to hold the pewter.

Like this teensy pewter button with four holes in it.

It's really tiny. I got too nervous to hold it in my fingers gripping it while I drilled the holes. So I used the vise grips.

It worked really well. And nobody got hurt!

I've been making these pewter locks, keys and face plates for locks. And small key wire headpins, to add to beads or wire wrapping.

It doesn't help keep my hands clean, but it does keep them free of holes, which I'm in favor of, definitely.


SummersStudio said...

What a good idea. I use vise grips for all sorts of household repairs and such but I'd never thought about them for studio use.

TesoriTrovati said...

Oh, you know that I love keys and locks! Did you know that I was thinking of you this morning?! I wrote a little bit about you in my afternoon post (check back) since I will be making something with your components for my giveaway for the 3rd challenge...please stop by if you get a chance!
Enjoy the day Lynn!

Riki Schumacher said...

DON'T DO THAT! No holes or burns, okay? Ouch. Hope you heal quickly! Love the keys, they are great. And come visit me Lynn, I have a little contest going on! Would love for you to win some earrings!

LLYYNN - Lynn Davis said...

The only piercings I have (or want, LOL) are one in each earlobe.

The skinny nosed vise grips have to be kept away, far away, from the flux and solder though - too much acid will make them corrode. Just like my ancient pair of pliers that I used to use with the flux and solder - now I use wooden clothespins instead.