Save Yourselfcomments (2) August 8th, 2008
As a crafter, I am always sharing project ideas with people
- some new material or handy technique - but when it comes to safety in the
studio, crafters seem hesitant to exchange ideas with the same enthusiasm. Maybe it's because we're all a bit embarrassed to admit that we've gotten hurt
(or rather, hurt ourselves) while engaged in a pleasurable activity.
For my part, I work a lot with sharp tools. With multiple pair of scissors, Snap-Blade cutters, countless X-acto knives, a quilling needle, even a scalpel constantly within reach, my craft studio looks more like a high-end butcher shop than a craft room. I was always setting down my X-acto knife to reach for the glue or take up a pencil and, invariably, it would roll off the table and land - point-side-down - in my shoe and my foot!
I tried keeping all my knives in a pencil cup but that just broke the tips off them. I tried a small tray (and cigar box, actually) but reaching into a box of knives while my eyes were trained on my project, didn't make much sense, either.
I tried attaching a little rubber collar around these tools (you find these in the school supply aisle of your grocery store - they're meant to make gripping a pencil more comfortable). I've also tried winding rubber bands around the ends of my tools. In both instances I found that what I gained in safety I lost in comfort, grip, or maneuverability.
Then, by chance, I happened upon a cube of packing foam -- the spongy kind used to cradle glass objects during shipping - and in an instance, I found a solution to my problem. Now, instead of setting my tools down beside me, I plunge them into this cube, where they sink with a pleasant resistance before coming to rest upright and ready for me to grab again whenever I need them. My blade tips don't break off and I haven't cut (or rather, stabbed) myself since.