"The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt"
Are ‘tin snips’ one of those specialist tools you think you can do without?
If they are, think again, they are one of the most useful hand tools you can own. Really!
Not only will they open up new creative opportunities, they will also save you time and money. But only if you buy the right type…
…that’s right, you absolutely must buy compound lever tin snips and not the basic scissor style of tin snip.
LEARN how to transform the stuff around you into fun and useful things:
Because it’s the compound levers that make these types of snips so powerful, even a gentle squeeze is enough to cut through tin.
They are also surprisingly nimble and precise, their unique cutting edges allow intricate curved shapes to be cut with ease.
This Is How I Use Them
While their primary purpose is to cut through thin sheets of metal, they are exceptionally versatile.
I use them to cut a wide range of materials… like these:
I’ve made intricate cogs by cutting up the lid from a can of spray paint, and an entire birdfeeder by cutting up a thick plastic folder (1).
Soda cans (2) are made from a very thin plastic coated aluminium, they are super easy to cut, but not a great material to work with.
It’s increasingly difficult to find biscuits that are packaged in tin boxes (3) but if you do… buy them! It’s an awesome resource that’s easy to cut.
One of my other favourite things to cut are tin cans (4)… especially empty cans of Heinz Baked Beans (yummy!). There’s an example below.
- Vinyl Tiles
- Furniture Felt Pads
- Wire (upto around 1.5mm)
- Wooden stirring sticks
- Popsicle sticks
- Craft sticks
- Tupperware containers
- Wellington boots
- Space hoppers
Can they really save you money?
Yes, have a look a the tea light holder below… it’s as elegant as anything you could buy in the shop, but costs the price of an empty tin can!
If you want to make one yourself, go check out my Tin Can Lantern project.
Can You Add to the List?
It’s definitely one of the best hand tools I own, excluding my craft knife!
What’s the most unusual hand tool you couldn’t do without, leave me a comment below? Happy snipping!