Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Smoke and Mirrors... and duckbill scissors.

In the past, taking photos has involved more of my multi-dextrous and contortionist skills than my ability to use a battered Kodak Easyshare.... There are often reflector boards (usually Peltex or Vilene S520) held with one hand (or foot ...or teeth) while the other does the camera-work.

After a brief hiatus (while I manned the office so Ann Marie and Leah could attend sick kids for a few days), today I got back to the business of finishing a magazine article that needed photos. But first I built something amazing...... out of foam-core board and balsa wood.

I held it to the benchtop with the clamp from an Ikea lamp ...and made hinges out of strapping tape. All super high-tech.

It reflects the afternoon light in my studio perfectly.


...so I can get on with the business of sewing and snapping those necessary step-by-step shots. I can move the sewing machine and tilt the "wings"
to soften shadows without having to look like I'm playing a game of Twister.

Sorry - can't show you what I'm sewing. Instead, I'll show you what came in today (along with fresh supplies of button kits!).


Duckbill scissors!! - AVAILABLE HERE!

Apparently they're not as easy to find in Spotlight or Lincraft as I thought.... so it's high time I stopped teasing people with mine and offered them for sale in my shop.

Edited to add - Don't know what duckbill scissors are?.... You can see them in action here.
I also use mine for everything that needs sharp pointy scissors (thread trimming, snipping holes for magnetic snaps...) because they have super-sharp points and have ergonomically designed handles that make them comfortable and easy to use. I love them so much I have TWO pairs (so I can always lay my hands on them without having to go looking!!)

11 comments:

Karin said...

I never heard of Duckbill scissors. But they seem very practical!

Sally said...

I've got no idea about the duckbill scrissors either - what are they used for?

Gillian aka Silly Gilly said...

I'm seriously impressed with your handygal skills Nikki! You've almost inspired me to do the same for my photos!!

Liam's Mummy said...

I think that reflector board is going to make taking pictures much easier from now on - I hope the strapping tape holds together.

our shabby cottage said...

Ingenious invention Nikki! That's just what we all need I reckon....
And I'm sure a lot of us have done the same thing with one handed awkwardness!

clare's craftroom said...

Gee to have the twister game taken from photo sessions mm I don't know , would it be much fun !!! Oh yes it sure would be , great idea !

Katherine said...

Ah, you clever girl! I really need to do the same.

Now you've got my curiosity stirred hearing you rave about the duckbill scissors. I love comfy and easy to use sewing tools.

Little Miss Flossy said...

I'm just wowed by your little sewing machine... it's exactly the same as the one I sew on. My father bought it for me when I went to university. Every few years I think about upgrading but I really wouldn't use all the fancy stitches and special attachments so I stick with the trusty little Sport a while longer.

m.e (Cathie) said...

oh Nikki, love your little studio set up! nice work with the tape.
I play twister aswell with the baking tins :)

Pinktulip said...

Love your new professional photo gadget. I have used a box in the past. I covered the inside with white paper, worked ok. Yours is a great idea!

ambette said...

I haven't been able to find duckbill scissors anywhere! Yay!!