Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas Decorating

Not only did I bake (and this doesn't happen much), but also painted the tin :)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Antique Tool Collector's Guide to Value

There are very few antique, object value or collecting books that include substantial mention of scissors. One book, The Antique Tool Collector's Guide to Value by Ronald S. Barlow (1991), includes a section titled "Scissors and Shears".

However 90% of this tiny two page section is given over to some illustrations of some basic types of scissors, snips, clippers and shears. The two scant paragraphs of text give some basic ideas of the generally low values of antique scissor-type tools. However even the 1999 edition with updated values is now seriously out of date.

This book might be worth a quick look in the library, but not value for money if your interest is restricted to scissors rather than extending to antique tools in general.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

#26 Red-Handled Kleencut

Maker: Kleencut
Model: unknown
Materials: unknown
Year: unknown
Length: 8.5"/21cm
Description: Standard office scissors, red-painted handle.
Estimated value: $1

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Junk Doll: Tabula Rasa (in progress)

Step 1: Raw Materials
Here is the new vict... um, project.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sunday, May 31, 2009

#25 Tiny Trim Safety Scissors

Maker: WW Beck Wire Products Co.
Model: safety scissors
Materials: unknown
Year: unknown
Description: Safety scissor still on the card
Estimated value: $1

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Portrait of Metilda

portrait of Metilda

Grow Light Safety

The lesson I learned yesterday is that a 150 watt plant-growing full spectrum light can start a fire. I had my cuttings growing on the end of the table I use for art and crafts stuff (see third picture in the post below this one). It fell down onto the jewelry holder I keep beads and scraps in. Within a few minutes it has started a fire. Fortunately I was home and could catch it in time. A few minutes later and I would have gone out and not returned for hours. Lesson of the day: 1) wire the lamp in place rather than use the clamp it comes with, 2) put it in a place where it cannot fall onto flammable material, and 3) replace the batteries in the smoke detector.

Friday, May 22, 2009

In situ

The Circle Tree, now with skull.


Dancing Scissors, and my key holder.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

#24 Bone-handled folding scissors

Maker: unknown
Model: unknown
Materials: unknown
Year: unknown
Length: 4.5"/11.5cm
Description: Folding scissors with what looks like a bone handle. Missing a spring or other mechanism needed to achieve an effective scissor action.
Estimated value: $5

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


No particular plan behind this one. I like to burn scented tea lights and I made this holder from various old, broken toy parts that I had in the craft box--covered with plenty of white enamel paint. It works well as the dolls head is a good insulator for the heat from the tea light candle, and the horse base is very stable.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sunday, April 12, 2009

You may be a crafter if....

Amongst the bulk lot of cuticle scissors I got from eBay, there was a bottle opener. I stood for some time thinking of all the things I could make from it: a sculpture, a doll, a letter holder or part of my new cyber-clock project. Then I remembered that the last time I needed to open a bottle of wine I had to chisel it open with a screwdriver and a hammer. And I put it in my cutlery drawer.

Sometimes a bottle opener is just a bottle opener ;)

Friday, April 10, 2009

#23: Round scissors

Maker: Hesuah?
Model: --
Materials: --
Year: Post-1914
Length: --
Description: as shown
Estimated value: nil

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Scissor Harpy

My camera has died, and so I am afraid the pictures will be a bit, well, crap, until payday when I can afford to get another one. My cell phone camera leaves a lot to be desired.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Dream Cutter

This isn't quite finished, I am waiting on a contribution from the Canada geese it was made in honor of. The little buggers' honking cuts through my early morning dreams several times a week. I need to collect two more good feathers to finish it off.

This is intended as a sort of "anti-dreamcatcher". It is made of a pieces of scrap metal, cuticle scissors, goose feathers, paint, florist wire, twine and jet glue.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Friday, March 13, 2009

#22: Wiss Shears

Maker: Wiss & Sons: Newark NJ USA
Model: --
Length: 31cm/12.25"
Description: as shown
Estimated value: $10

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Monday, March 9, 2009

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Monday, March 2, 2009

Novel Scissor Designs

It seems like most designers are content to redesign the same objects over and over, chairs, wrist-watches and shoes etc. But Efrat Gommeh devotes some time to the humble pair of scissors coming up with a plastic fold out design and a pair that can be operated with just your fingers.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

#14: Peerless Pinkers

Maker: Peerless
Model: Pinker
Materials: unknown
Year: Unknown
Length: 25.5cm/10"
Description: as shown
Estimated value: $5

Sunday, February 22, 2009

WIP: scissor pegasus

I put the 'pigasus' on hold when I got some horses to work with--starting with a slightly more traditional model, destined to be a cyber-pegasus when I get hold of some silver enamel.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Scissors for a Cause: Breast Cancer Awaremness

If you need a modern pair of scissors these ones are a nice shade of pink, and part of the price goes to the breast cancer research foundation.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Celebrity Scissors

This is the first in a new theme: celebrity scissors. These are the scissors from The Eyes of Laura Mars. Laura Mars (Faye Dunaway) is a photographer who starts to have visions from the point of view of a murderer. The movie opens with a vision where the murder begins by cutting up a book of Mars's photos. She then wakes and looks at here own version of the book.

In other news... I have plans to make a scissor pigasus ;)