Cheap Clamps and Palettes for Little Work

As I was looking at my workbench today, I saw the perfect example of two of my favorite tools — microscope slides and wooden clothespins. I don’t remember when these two objects entered my “must have” list, but I use both on a daily basis.

Wooden clothespins (about $5 bucks for a bag of 50) make great clamps for when you need something held in place, but don’t need a lot of pressure — like gluing paper and lightweight wood, something I do pretty frequently. In the picture below, you can see where I’m converting a frozen dinner box into a smaller box (cereal boxes are also a good source of thin usable cardboard).

Which tells you more than I meant to about my diet.

The other featured tool of the day — microscope slides (about $5 for a box of 75) which serve as glue and paint palettes. I have three four basic surfaces I work on: the wooden top of my work bench, a 9″x12″ tile that’s good for when I’m doing a lot of painting or gluing, a cutting mat, and the newest addition, a needle felting foam pad.

Sometimes when I’m working on a surface other than the tile, I still need a spot of glue or paint — rather than switch out work surfaces, I grab a microscope slide which protects my non-glue/paint work surface.

And as you can see from the picture, I’ve had my cutting mat since before I came up with the idea of microscope slides. 😉

1 comment for “Cheap Clamps and Palettes for Little Work

  1. Carolyn
    June 25, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Thanks for sharing these great ideas!

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