Sunday, March 23, 2014

Tip or Trick: Making a Comfortable Stylus

I wanted to share this simple but effective tip recently seen on another site that will make your #59 Craftool Stylus more comfortable to use. Check this thread to see how it is done!

Take a BiC Pro+ pen or other similar ink pen as seen in this photograph. You will also need a Craftool or Tandy Leather Factory #59 Stylus tool. Unscrew the tip off the pen and remove the ink tube. You can decide if you want to use an ink pen that has ran out of ink OR you can sacrifice a newer pen.

Insert the #59 Stylus and screw the pen tip back onto the pen body. You are not ready to use your stylus more comfortably while tracing those bigger patterns.

Thanks to Brian Kidd for this tip.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Re-Tool(ing).....Well Kinda!

I recently took the opportunity to purchase a set of four (4) Craftool 'Pro' checkered bevelers at my local Tandy Leather store while they were on sale (1/2 price). I recently decided (last year) that it would be nice to have a set of steep smooth bevelers to add to my collection. I could have easily called my friend and supplier, but I had this idea to try to do it myself. When I found this set on sale and what a sale it was, I couldn't pass the opportunity up.

I took my checkered steep bevelers that I purchased quite some some time ago from Barry King and marked the 'Pro' tools using a thin Sharpie marker. I crossed my fingers and cuts each tool using the appropriate saw being careful to lock the tool in place prior to making the cut.

Once the cut was made, each tool was carefully rounded on each side and made smooth with the appropriate sandpaper. Next, each tool was polished using some rouge on a cloth wheel until they were shiny. Each tool was checked for defects and re-polished for a smooth finish.

Front view:

View of Angle:

Note: I want to thank my friend Clay at Clay Miller Tools for the help and guidance with this project.