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Old 09-30-2006, 12:59 PM
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A Homemade Scratchboard Tool!!!!

Just made this morning!!! It works incredibly well:
I took a piece of wood 1/2" thick and 3 1/2" long.
Got a nail and hammered it into one end. Removed the nail.
Then took the largest sewing needle I could find and put it into the hole as far as it could go till it was firmly set in.
Tried it out on Black Claybord! What a handy gizmo for fine lines and the needle stays pretty sharp!
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Old 09-30-2006, 01:28 PM
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Re: A Homemade Scratchboard Tool!!!!

I'll have to start learning about all of these tips, Burt. It also sound like a good tool to draw into texture.
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Old 09-30-2006, 05:09 PM
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Re: A Homemade Scratchboard Tool!!!!

Mary:
Yes, I think it will be really good for textural effects!!! Looking forward to using it on my next scratchboard. Can't wait for the new Scratchboard Art SubForum to start. Wonder when they'll attach it to this forum????
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Old 09-30-2006, 07:26 PM
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Re: A Homemade Scratchboard Tool!!!!

I take a straight pin and cut the head off, then place it an xacto knife holder.

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Old 09-30-2006, 08:10 PM
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Re: A Homemade Scratchboard Tool!!!!

Bob:
That sounds great!!
ps: Just cut a pinhead off and it fits right into the xacto holder and works
beautifully! Thanks Bob, its a fine tool!
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Re: A Homemade Scratchboard Tool!!!!

Bertoni,

I keep a small wetstone near by and every few minutes I put a few turns of the pin on the stone to get it back sharp. I will use the pin till its a nub, then replace.

I like the way it works too!!

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Old 09-30-2006, 11:36 PM
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Re: A Homemade Scratchboard Tool!!!!

Hey Bob:
Hurrah for whoever invented the good old straight pin!
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Re: A Homemade Scratchboard Tool!!!!

You need to start selling these great ideas to the people that make the tools for the scratchbords.
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Re: A Homemade Scratchboard Tool!!!!

Ginger:
The tool makers might not make any $ at it since all scratchboarders need is some straight pins & needles for the homemade stuff!
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Re: A Homemade Scratchboard Tool!!!!

Hey!
Just to add a little to this. Just as Bob uses a exacto knife holder to hold a pin with it's head cut off, you can also use a 0.7 mechanical pencil holder the same way.
That way (for me anway) it is easier to hold a wider barrel pencil than the smaller exacto holders!

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Re: A Homemade Scratchboard Tool!!!!

Kay:
Sounds good! Will have to try that!!
Went to one of those Dollar stores today and picked up an
8 piece Hobby Knife set for $1, it had 2 holders and several points and cutters. Worked like gangbusters on Scratchboard I'm doing now!!!
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Re: A Homemade Scratchboard Tool!!!!

wow...thnaks for all the cool tips...i think i'll be trying some of this stuff and maybe even think in terms of 'what else would work"...thnaks to everyone....Rod-Man
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Re: A Homemade Scratchboard Tool!!!!

Here's two I thought of. I may have posted these before, but for those who may have missed them. First take the eraser out of a #2 yellow pencil. Make sure you get it all out , a little wiggling and a gentle pull should do it. Then take a wad of fine grade steel wool rolled up tightly to the size of a cherry pit and put it inside the cavity the eraser occupied. It works great on scratchboard, but be careful of the edge of the metal that held the eraser as the steel wool wears down. Replace as needed.
The second one also involves a #2 yellow pencil. Using a paper hole punch punch out some holes from a fine grade sandpaper. Take the tiny circles you punched out and with a tiny piece of poster putty stick it to the end of a NEW eraser on a #2 yellow pencil. This works well for small detail work with sandpaper on scratchboard.

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Re: A Homemade Scratchboard Tool!!!!

Diana:
Sounds great! The second one with the hole punch and sandpaper is one I'm going to try out today!!!! I can tell that one is going to work as well as the steel wool/#2 yellow pencil!!! I tried that one!!
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Old 10-20-2006, 06:45 PM
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Re: A Homemade Scratchboard Tool!!!!

The fun part of scratching is the constant search for home made tools , however there comes a time that technology wins out. In the case of a tool to make super fine lines, this is where a surgical scalple which was recommended to me by Lorna and it works great. ( #11 blade )
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