Good morning lovely people, today I thought I'd share something useful with you - my number one toy-making tool that I can't live without - namely hemostat or haemostat locking forceps... "but aren't they a medical tool?" I hear you cry. That may be so, but in my opinion they're a cool-tool that are just too awesome to be limited to the medical profession alone!
My first pair were a gift from my husband who could see me struggling to turn through a tiny doll arm without damaging the delicate hand. He had a stealthy pair buried in his tool-box and generously gave them to me because he knew how useful I would find them!
What a revelation! I turned through that little arm without any fuss or damage and since that day I've kept them in the top of my sewing box and used them regularly.
I've also found them helpful for stuffing toys as they will easily reach those awkward fiddly corners, and I've even used them to pull needles through really thick fabric such as faux leather when I simply don't have enough strength in my fingers.
They have ridged gripping edges for grasping and holding things, and scissor handles for easy one-handed use. Those handles also lock together to save you squeezing them indefinitely. They're amazing! Over time I've developed my own collection, buying several sizes with different shaped ends. I love them so much I can't recommend them strongly enough especially as they're such good value costing only a few pounds on eBay or Amazon (non-medical grade)... BTW I don't sell them myself and I'm not plugging any particular brand, but that said, in my opinion they're an absolute must-have tool for toy making! Go on, treat yourself 😊