I have a confession to make. I have way too many scissors. I don't know about you, but I love buying scissors. There is just something about getting a new scissors and using it for the first time. I have a problem and I know it. I own so many scissors and they each have their specific thing I use them for. If I see a cool new pair (or pretty pair) of scissors, I'm probably going to buy them.
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I won't show you my whole collection. It's quite large, but I will share with you the ones that I keep in my bead box all of the time. The ones that are with me every day. The ones I use the most.
So let's dig in.
This pair is the one I've had the longest. I have no idea when or where I got this pair of titanium scissors. It use to have a little cover, but that broke long long ago. It has been abused for many years and I mostly use it to cut loose threads and itchy tags out of clothes. I first bought it to use with my beading, but it has since been retired from that (though there are times where I can't find another scissors and I use it to cut beading thread).
This one I bought because it's pretty. I know that was a pretty lousy excuse to buy a scissors, but like I said before, I have a bit of a problem. It's cheap and not the best around, but it has it's uses. And also look at how colorful it is
Here is one I bought about a year ago, not really a scissors, but it cuts thread, so it counts. This one seems to have a bit of a learning curve to use because the first few times I could not get it to work. I just made a mess of things. But I'm happy to report that I have gotten the hang of using it and it does come in handy at times. The best part is this one you can take on a plane without worrying if it will be confiscated. So if you travel a lot, this is a big perk
This pair right here is one of my favorites for trimming around my bead embroidery. It is uber sharp and the tip is so tiny (and also super sharp) you can get into any tight space. I went through a few different scissors before I found this one. It's amazing on how close I can get to my embroidery. If you do any type of embroidery or even quilting, this is an amazing scissors.
Now if you are like me, you probably cut a lot of fishing line for bead work. You know what fishing line does to scissors. I use to use a pair of kid scissors and they worked just fine. But they still dulled over time and I was really looking for something a bit smaller. I found two that I really have been digging on
First is this little pair of blue handled ones. They are specifically made for fishing line and have a serrated edge. They are well made, small, and cut like a dream. They also were super cheap. I think they cost me around 2 dollars, which is about what you'd pay for a pair of kids scissors. I high recommend these guys.
My second most used scissors is this pair right here. I love these so much. They are also made for fishing and have a serrated edge. Since they are made for fishing, they hold up to repeated cutting of fishing line. They are also really small and, my favorite part, you can lock the blade. What a great feature. They even come with a retractable clip, so if you are always loosing your scissors, you can slip them on and they are always right there. I really love this pair. I use this pair almost everyday. They have never met a thread they couldn't handle. This is my top rated scissors.
And of course, if we talk about scissors, we should probably talk about thread burners. I have a few of these, but of course I absolutely love this one made by Berkley for fishing (all the best tools are made for fishing). Why do I love this one? Well like all the scissors we talked about, it's made to be abused. It's made to be used in wet, dirty conditions. It's made to be tossed in a tackle box. So that means it's going to hold up really well. And my favorite thing about this one is the retracting tip. Which means you can use it one handed. No dropping everything so you can take the cap off to use it. It comes with reusable tips and take two AAA batteries (I use rechargeable ones). This is a highly recommended item for any beader.
If you notice I do seem to gravitate towards things made for fishing (fireline, scissors, burners, etc). It's just going to be made to withstand more abuse and things made for fishing are usually a lot cheaper in price. So if you are looking to save a bit of money, they are a perfect investment.
So those are just a few of my scissors (that's right, I didn't even share my whole collection). What is your favorite scissors? Have you tried any of the ones I have? Do you have something you cannot live without? I'd love to hear from you. Leave a comment below and let me know about your favorite scissors.
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I bead a lot. I know, that's a shocker to all of you. I love working in my studio, but I really love the freedom beading gives you. I can bead on the couch while watching a movie. I can work on some beadwork outside while my daughter is playing. I can even bead in bed (I don't do that often because I'm not a fan of seed beads in the bed, which is going to happen). That means I need something that is portable. And that is why I love Bead Buddy Boards Design Save and Go Portable Beading Kit. Wow that's quite a name!
They are perfect for me. First of all, unlike a lot of bead boards out there, they have a lid. A lid that latches. Like completely, turn it on its side, latches. This is perfect for those of us that have kids, both the human and furry variety, running around the house. I cannot set a bead board down without it being bumped. No matter what. The lid saves me from having to pick tiny little beads out of the carpet And the only other thing I hate more than picking up beads, is all the fuzz and pet hair that I get with the beads (and yes, I could vacuum more often, but who has time for that?) So a lid is my number one requirement for a bead board.
But let's talk about this lid. What makes it so special? Why are we still talking about it? Not only does this bead board have a lid, but the lid is lined. But who cares if the lid is lined? Anyone that has ever used seed beads before, that's who. There are a ton of bead boards out there that have lids, but not like this one. The lining in the lid helps to keep all those tiny little beads from rolling around. So if you're like me and you don't put your beads away each time you take a break, this is perfect. You put your shiny happy beads in little piles and that's where they are when you ope nit back up again. Pure perfection.
Okay, so we've established the lid is a godsend. What else you got? The lining (on both sides, just in case you forgot) is super soft. Not only is it soft, but it holds the tiniest beads in place. Making it oh so easy to pick up those little suckers with that tiny little beading needle us beaders use. And not having to fight to get those beads on my needle, makes me a happy lady. Not only happy, but relaxed and peaceful.
They also offer a variety of sizes. I have two of the large size. They are my favorite size because I can put my beads in there, my scissors in there, and even the project I'm working on (if it's flat of course). Even with all of that in there, I can close that baby up and be assured that everything will be right where I left it when open it back up. And that's all because of that amazing lid.
I have recently purchased the smallest size. I'm liking the convenience of the small one, it's a little more travel friendly. I bet I could fit that bad boy in my purse. I'll be right back......sure could. I just tried and that little bead board fit right in my purse. So that is another huge plus, you can jam it in your purse and take it where ever you like. Unfortunately it doesn't fit in my Stranger Things lunch box (where I keep all my bead supplies), but that's a me problem, probably not a you problem.
They have one other size that is between the two I have. I don't own that one, but I plan on getting one in the near future. I'll let all of you know what I think of that size as soon as I get it. I'm sure it will be great.
Another great thing about these bead boards is that because they have a lid, they are easy to stack. You can stack them on top of each other, or you can place them on their sides and put them in a bookshelf. This is great for those of us that have a whole bunch of projects going at once.
These boards may sound absolutely perfect, but there are a few things I should note. Because the lid is lined, the beads do sometimes stick to it when you open it up. I don't have this problem with every bead, just some. I solve this problem by opening it up a little, check to see if there are any stuck, and then carefully brush them off. It's a little inconvenience I'm willing to put up with to have such a nice travel bead board.
The only other thing that can get annoying is the lining is not snug up against the sides, so you will get beads stuck into the little crevasse. I don't normally have that many beads stuck in there and when I do, I just pull back the lining a little bit to get them out. But it can get a little annoying.
But those two inconveniences cannot deter me from these boards. I really do love them. I bought the little one back in March, so I've only had that one for a few months, but I've used it for a lot of projects. I bought one of the larger ones back in 2015, so that one has been serving my proudly for five years and it has many more to come. I don't even know when I bought my first one. Probably early 2000s when I was looking for something that I could take with me to art shows. And I still use that one. So see, they are a great value as well because you will use them for years.
Are you Bead Buddy Board fan like me? Leave me a comment and let me know what you love best about them.
Just a girl that loves to bead, take photos, and cuddle with her new baby and her pug.