My Nifty Xacto Knife Set Works in my Art Studio
Give me a tool and I'll do something with it!
First of all I'm ripe and ready for sets of useful tools - screwdrivers, of course, and also sewing machine feet like my Bernina Walking Foot, hammer-style punches, ceramic tools, and scads of Xacto blades.
My Xacto Knife Set has a prominent spot in my art studio, and that's because it's packed up in that super handy wooden case. The compact case is easy to stick in a tool drawer or to open on top of one of my worktables.
I bought the Basic Set because
it's easily portable, I picked up one at the college store. Back then the set was often a resident in my backpack, moving easily from my university home to my graduate student art studio.
Often I work in mixed media collage and find several of the blades indispensable in trimming and cutting small bits of paper, foam core, or even fabric pieces.
First off I used the super slanted tip because the fine point so easily lifts a very flat sheet of paper without crumpling it. And poking a tiny hole through which to thread a silk thread is simple. Of course I have special hole punches that I love, but if I'm just doing an occasional hole I'll use an Xacto blade.
I often tear collage papers, but when
I want a tight fine line I grab the Xacto. I find the curved blades handy for making curved and swerving lines. They also make useful slicing and scraping tools. If a drop of glue hardens on a special paper I may be able to lift it without splitting the surface.
Many times I've cut out a precise shape
from a piece of lightweight fabric, to fit a special spot on a collage, using Xacto. And to cut a stencil from a piece of wide tape is a snap.
Since I also use found objects like
electrical wire in my artworks it's not unusual for me to use an Xacto blade to slit the colored insulation on the individual electrical wires inside 110 volt housing electric cables.
Yes, when I wired the new house, I had a special wire-stripping tool and another plier designed to do the whole cutting and stripping job, but for my artwork I grab one of the blades.
My Basic Set is not my only Xacto set, but it's been with me the longest!
My Xacto cutting mat is a regular companion for the blade set.
This is one of my craft mats I bought for sewing but it's actually used most often in my art studio. It's been faithfully serving me for over a decade.
This is the blade I find most versatile and it's a savings to buy in bulk.