One thing that took me a while to procure was a cutting board. A long time ago, I bought a roll of vinyl because I had a very particular idea of what I wanted to do with it. However, I couldn't do it without a) an x-acto knife, and b) a proper cutting board. The price ranges for x-acto knifes varied--I've seen some cheap and ostensibly cheapy ones, and I've seen some expensive ones. I thought that a cutting board wouldn't be all that expensive, but I was wrong. I was surprised by how pricey they can be, and worse yet, they're often too big. I don't have a whole lot of space to work with, so I was quite disappointed. The roll of vinyl sat in a box, unloved and abandoned, for many months.
Cut to a couple of months ago, when I was shopping for clothes at the FIDM scholarship store. Imagine my happiness when I saw this:
This kit has everything I was too cheap to spend money on. I didn't care for the rulers, but it's got the x-acto knife and the cutting board! All for under $3! I was so flippin' happy! Yeah, the quality of the cutting board isn't great, but the size was just right, and it did its job. I used it to carry out my idea, which was this:
X-acto knives are so fun. I literally went crazy the night I got the cutting board. I made this necklace/collar/whatever you call it and a number of other cutouts. My once-upon-a-time dream of becoming an orthopedic surgeon may have been turned on its head, but at least my steady hands have not gone to waste. I was tempted to go back to the store to buy another set, just in case it breaks down, but I haven't yet. Should I? The last time I went to the store, it was clear that cutting boards weren't very hot sellers, so I think there should be some left.
With a cheap set like this, replacement parts are not included. That wasn't a surprise. Fortunately, during the local JoAnn's closing sale last month, I found a pack of replacement blades for a real bargain. It's safe to say that I'll be doing lots of cutting for some time to come.
Anyone got good deals on tools of the trade? What's your secret? We won't tell. ;-)