Maybe not so good, but I have been trying.
I’ve been enjoying making the cuffs and up to now have used the strips that Rio sent me that one time when I messed up my order and ended up with six, 6″ x 1″ strips instead of a 6″ x 6″ square.
Always check the order form before you click submit.
I was a little bummed at the time and they hung out in the draw for a while as they seemed a little too special to use, like they had some heavenly purpose for being there, but then I decided I wasn’t going to beat myself up about it.
And so my cuffs were born.
Except that the 1″ width frustrated me at times.
Sometimes I wanted a little over and sometimes I had to saw them thinner which was fine if I was going to use the crinkle edge on them, but annoying when I couldn’t get 6″ of a perfect saw line.
I used my Jedi mind powers, I did, but there was always that one time about 3″ in when just as I was thinking how well I was doing I’d end up messing up.
Over confidence can be a killer.
So new tool number one!
The table shears…
I didn’t want to pay a tremendous amount for the times that I would be using it.
If I was a mass producing beast of a cuff maker – maybe.
So I ended up with this one.
That I picked up from Amazon ,
I’ve since noticed that you can get it cheaper at Contenti, and Otto Frei has one although the cheapest one is for a 4″ cut, but I’ve got so many good girl spending points at Amazon that I ended up getting it for nothing.
Can’t beat nothing.
It cuts like butter through the gauges I need it for even though it’s much cheaper than some of them.
And to further aid in my recent cuff making frenzy I also bought one of these from – HERE
Because although I already have a mandrel I find it hard to hold and couldn’t find a bench attachment for it.
Also this one swivels.
And that’s always fun.
So, there you have it.
My new tools.
I feel spoiled when I think about being able to get these things for myself, and I am grateful, but I have been good, promise, and just think of the damage I can do with that shear….