A Great Scoring Tool!

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  1. Fishcarver

    Fishcarver Active Member

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    I "liberated" a "seam ripper" from my wife's sewing basket. This is made of chromed (or stainless) steel and has a blunt, knife-like edge as shown below. This allows for precise scoring of card, without tearing it. Plus, it has a little ball-like appendage, useful for burnishing small parts.

    These puppies come in a couple of sizes, and they are cheap: you can find them in "dollar stores" for about a buck.........

    Jim

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    Fishcarver Active Member

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    As you can see, they do a pretty good job!

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    Amazyah Senior Member

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    Cool!
    I am going to have to get me one of those.
    My wife has one but she would not be happy if I took it.:cry:
    I'll have to get my own.:wink:
  4. SCEtoAux

    SCEtoAux Member

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    I have been thinking about trying one of them. Like you said, they are cheap and available.:-D
  5. Bowdenja

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    You know.............. first time I ever saw one in Momma's sewing bag I knew there was a good reason for that thing! Besides ripping out seams.

    Oh............ that was many, many years ago. Elephants never forget.:grin:

    john
  6. Fishcarver

    Fishcarver Active Member

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    Try it: it works!
    Da Fish
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    They certainly work... I've been using them for years... Highly recommended!

    Sheila
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    Its funny, now that I think about it, but my wife dug up one from her sewing stuff after I sliced an upper wing from a lower wing by using the back of a dull Exacto blade!!

    I evidently had decided everybody else had a wife as helpful as mine, so I never bothered to tell anyone else about it!!


    Bob
  9. ekuth

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    And here i'd been using the back of a dull Exacto blade...

    Great tip! Works like a charm. And the look on my wife's face when I bought it was priceless...
  10. Stev0

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    I got one and while using it ... it broke.
  11. Fishcarver

    Fishcarver Active Member

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    Steve:
    Look for a stronger one!
    Jim
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    But my eye... my god my eye!!! :(
  13. Fishcarver

    Fishcarver Active Member

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    Then, a) wear safety glasses,
    b) don't press so hard, and
    c) WEAR YOUR SAFETY GLAFSSES

    " But, Sarn't Major, there's no F in "Glasses" "

    "Then BUY some Effing Glasses, lad!!"

    Jim
  14. Larry Marshall

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    I use these as scratch awls in some other modeling that I do. I tried the dollar store variety and 1) their points are very inconsistent, some being downright dull and bent and 2) the metal is VERY soft. I believe the brand is Dritz that's available for about $2.50 at most fabric stores and they're far superior.

    Cheers --- Larry
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    Actually I was looking at an awl last week at the dollar store but it was square at the end. I think what I may do is get a mechanical drafting pencil and a large needle and use the needle like a graphite point.

    I will dull the point of the needle considerably as well.
  16. Larry Marshall

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    I use awls in my full-size work but for small stuff the seam rippers work great. They come in two sizes (most I've seen in the dollar stores are the large size). I happened to be out tonight and stopped to check on the ones at the fabric stores. They cost $1.50 and $2.00 respectively, come with a nice cap and work great.

    Cheers --- Larry
  17. refitz

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    card stock scorer

    try using a small metal knitting needel.don't know if a plastic one would work
  18. xyberz

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    Don't buy them at the dollar store! They're even cheaper at Walmart and they even come with a pair of small scissors, thread, and a needle for $0.88!

    Even if it breaks, it'd damn cheap to replace. =)
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    I bought a set of 5 embossing/stylus tools from local shop for £1.99, the smallest tool has been really good.
  20. cptorres111071

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    Ok I'm finding good ideas for card modeling all over !!!!
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