Every project has tools that are needed to get the work done. For example, handcrafters often surround themselves with tools that are readily available when an idea sparks in their minds. When this moment of inspiration happens, it’s great to have an organized cupboard or toolbox to go to.
I often get asked about the various tools that I use for my projects. To be honest, even though some people think that I have pricey and fancy tools, I try to find inexpensive ones that could get me the same results. You’ll be surprised that I bought each of my tools one at a time as my projects progressed.
Here is a list of my most useful tools:
- Super glue - quick fix and quick dry.
- Gem-Tac - best to use for gluing bedazzles and buttons to fabric.
- Staples glue - works best for paper, cards and boards.
- Mod Podge – I usually use these for glossing.
- Disposable wipes – for cleaning blades, surfaces, etc.
- Fiskars Self-healing two sided Mat – cutting felt, fabric and paper.
- E6000 glue – permanent adhesive that I use for clay, glass and metal items
- Tweezers – applicator for my teeny-tiny beads and gems
- Grip binder– my 3rd, 4th and 5th extended hands
- Flexible Hobby wires – soft and flexible, good for fastening art projects
- Cookie cutters – round cut out for claying
- Plastic round ruler – circle drawing template
- Sewing pins – for quilting and holds fabric
- Pen and paper – note taking like measurements notes etc.
- Acrylic clay roller – used to roll out polymer clay
- Beading pliers – to string beads, etc.
- Hole punch and eyelet setter – punches 1/8” x 3/16” holes and sets eyelets
- Seam ripper – for unpicking stitches
- Drafting compass – great for marking circles
- Fiskars Paper Trimmer - Scrapbooking fave etc.
- Office one hole puncher - create holes 1/4" in diameter
- Clay Extruder – creates variety of extrusions for clay decorations
- Scissors – cutting cloth, paper and any other materials
- Rotary cutter – fabric cutter, super easy and fast.
- Hand blade – great for slicing clay bars
- X-Acto Knife –non-slip textured grip sharp blade for precise cutting paper, clay, plastic etc.
- Paint brushes – multi-purpose paint brush for decorating
- Glue gun – heating adhesive for bonding
- Rotary hammer drill – useful for drilling holes to jewelries, shells, clay, etc.
- Stainless ruler - Always useful for straight lines and shorter measurements
It's great to work when you have all the tools that you need. You don’t necessarily need to purchase everything on my list since you may not need them depending on your projects. Also, my list isn’t complete; there are still other tools that I want to purchase, but will do so when I need them. I am more than happy with what I have now. Most of the tools might already be in your house…you just need to put everything in one crafting cupboard or toolbox to keep organized.
These go-to tools have made my projects more manageable and easy during the creative process. They are incredibly useful in allowing me to make both homemade and handmade projects. I purchased most of them online and in stores from Jo-Ann, Amazon, Shopify, and Dollar Tree.
Note: Sewing and cutting machine, camera, computer and mobile phone were not included.
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