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Tools for ToyMaking

Posted By: SariYappa

Tools for ToyMaking - 02/10/11 03:12 AM

We started a discussion about dremels and soldering irons on another thread, so I decided to split it up, and continue it here smile

This discussion is for sharing the tools you like best for suggie toy making.
Share info about how you use them, and what is, and isn't safe about them.

Great discussion!
Posted By: SariYappa

Re: Tools for ToyMaking - 02/10/11 03:16 AM

Originally Posted By: Holly1221
...i will be making more toys when i move because i will have a lot more room, right now i have no space. Jeff has a BIG rubbermaid storage basket full of toy making supplies that i've bought over time. and i usually forget all what i have and he reminds me.

Jeff is going to buy me a soldering iron so i can use duckies and boats and cones and such in my toys.

Posted By: SariYappa

Re: Tools for ToyMaking - 02/10/11 03:17 AM

Originally Posted By: Holly1221
Jeff is going to buy me a soldering iron so i can use duckies and boats and cones and such in my toys.

Holly, I was wondering what you would be doing with the soldering iron? I make all sorts of toys, and my best friend is the dremel. I don't know this for a fact, but would think that the rosin and lead may be a problem with suggies? (in the solder)... let's look up more info before you go that route... I'll have to see if we have more info on that...

Also, I love to use split "O" rings to attach stuff, as well as C clips. Hope this helps?
Posted By: SariYappa

Re: Tools for ToyMaking - 02/10/11 03:18 AM

Originally Posted By: Holly1221
i figured i'd use the soldering iron to make the holes in the toys ? is the dremel easier to use do you think ?

Posted By: SariYappa

Re: Tools for ToyMaking - 02/10/11 03:19 AM

Originally Posted By: WintersSong
I have never heard of an issue with using soldering irons.
Posted By: SariYappa

Re: Tools for ToyMaking - 02/10/11 03:20 AM

Originally Posted By: SugarCrazy
I LOVE my dremel!!!!! I use it for everything. You can get all kinds of bits for it to cut and drill holes.
Posted By: SariYappa

Re: Tools for ToyMaking - 02/10/11 03:22 AM

Originally Posted By: xoerikae
i was told to just be careful that there was no left over material on the soldering iron itself. i also wash whatever i use it on once its cooled.
Posted By: SariYappa

Re: Tools for ToyMaking - 02/10/11 03:26 AM

Ok, now I am getting a better picture tounge

From my understanding, you are talking about using the soldering iron for melting.. this is good thumb

My question is for those of you who may use it with solder? Anyone? That is where I wonder about the safety, and I don't have the facts, which is why I'm asking.

I'm also very interested to know how one would be using the solder, because if it is safe, what would you do with it? My brain is working overtime, and if there's a new tool to use... roflmao

And to add my two cents, I LOVE MY DREMEL! And yes, it is very easy to make holes in hard plastic, soft plastic, duckies, etc... but I do know there are many toy makers out there that prefer to 'melt' as well, so I guess it's just what you are used to thumb
Posted By: xoerikae

Re: Tools for ToyMaking - 02/10/11 03:31 AM

i dont use it with solder. i really dont think there's the opportunity, really, as most of our toy making stuff is plastic rather than metal.
and i used a soldering iron because we had one. we just got a dremel, so i might try it sometime.
Posted By: SariYappa

Re: Tools for ToyMaking - 02/10/11 04:01 AM

Erika, I think I was just confused since I hadn't used it before (for melting thumb )

Are there any other favorite tools?

I can't live w/o my:

dremel (of course!)
pliers in all shapes and sizes, must have several
wire cutters
drill
scissors...
OH, I almost forgot one of my very favorite...
clap 'flat cutters'... they sit flat on one side, and cut anything sticking up, like the extra plastic pieces you find on some C clips and plastic bracelets!
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Tools for ToyMaking - 02/10/11 04:52 AM

I am a danger with anything fire. So....if I had a soldering iron, you might as well hand me a propane torch and an ice pick. It will end about as well, LOL! So, for my hap-hazardly accident-prone ways, I stick to the dremel. If anything *too* bad happens, I can always say it was an acrylic nail accident tounge
Posted By: MissTiesa

Re: Tools for ToyMaking - 02/10/11 05:32 AM

So far the only tools I have used are my two hands. smile
Posted By: JillMarie

Re: Tools for ToyMaking - 02/10/11 05:57 AM

Dremel lover here! So much so I have 2 of them. One for each hand LOL
Posted By: suggiemom1980

Re: Tools for ToyMaking - 02/10/11 05:58 AM

I use my soldering iron to melt holes in plastic. I'd be lost without it.

I bought the best scissor sharpener available and have not regretted it one bit.

Tweezers come in handy when I need to push/pull fleece/craft lace through wiffle balls or stuff fleece pieces into big wiffle balls.

Magnifying glasses. Couldn't make toys without them!
Posted By: Vona

Re: Tools for ToyMaking - 02/10/11 06:17 AM

I use my hubby's new toy lol it's a hand held torch that has tips with it...it's about the size of a marker or smaller. they make the holes any size you want and they're nice and smooth...it cuts through the plastic like butter!!! Love it!
Posted By: Holly1221

Re: Tools for ToyMaking - 02/10/11 12:37 PM

do you think the plier sets that are sold in the jewlery making section would work ? i have a pair of tweezers that are used to help make stitches. scissors is a definite.
Sari, can you use the dremel to cut straight lines ? i want to be able to use cones and cut out lines or shapes [like a star or heart in the cone]

*i have a hole puncher that i use when i am making a straw toy
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Tools for ToyMaking - 02/10/11 01:31 PM

Originally Posted By: suggiemom_1980
I use my soldering iron to melt holes in plastic. I'd be lost without it.
thumb thumb thumb

yep yep yep!!!!!!!!
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Tools for ToyMaking - 02/10/11 06:32 PM

Originally Posted By: suggiemom_1980
I use my soldering iron to melt holes in plastic. I'd be lost without it.

I bought the best scissor sharpener available and have not regretted it one bit.

Tweezers come in handy when I need to push/pull fleece/craft lace through wiffle balls or stuff fleece pieces into big wiffle balls.

Magnifying glasses. Couldn't make toys without them!


Connie, remind me to hand you a crochet hook the next time we see each other! I am loaded with them, and they are the easiest thing I know to get fleece through wiffle balls!
Posted By: SaraSmile

Re: Tools for ToyMaking - 02/11/11 04:04 AM

Originally Posted By: Holly1221
do you think the plier sets that are sold in the jewlery making section would work ? i have a pair of tweezers that are used to help make stitches. scissors is a definite.
Sari, can you use the dremel to cut straight lines ? i want to be able to use cones and cut out lines or shapes [like a star or heart in the cone]

*i have a hole puncher that i use when i am making a straw toy


The dremel tool I have came with various bits for sanding and cutting so you probably would be able to do what you are thinking.

I can't live without my dremel, the "flat cutters" Sari mentioned, and my pliers.
Posted By: Holly1221

Re: Tools for ToyMaking - 02/11/11 04:18 AM

Originally Posted By: lovely1inred
Originally Posted By: suggiemom_1980
I use my soldering iron to melt holes in plastic. I'd be lost without it.

I bought the best scissor sharpener available and have not regretted it one bit.

Tweezers come in handy when I need to push/pull fleece/craft lace through wiffle balls or stuff fleece pieces into big wiffle balls.

Magnifying glasses. Couldn't make toys without them!


Connie, remind me to hand you a crochet hook the next time we see each other! I am loaded with them, and they are the easiest thing I know to get fleece through wiffle balls!


what size crochet hook do you use ?

Jeff said we have an air compressor dremel and an electric dremel too.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Tools for ToyMaking - 02/11/11 04:26 AM

@holly

It depends on the whiffle ball. I don't think you need an exact size per-se. I grab whatever is closest to me. I am not kidding when I say I am loaded with them. I have inherited all of my great-grandmother's hooks, have ones my mother bought me before she died, have some that just keep turning up every Christmas or birthday....I have everything from steel size 14 all the way to the size Q and S that will crochet fleece. To get through a regular whiffle ball, I usually have anything from F-I size. For the golf-practice sized ones, I usually get a steel 1 or 2, up to about a B. Like I said, it's not an exact science, it's just what I have laying on the table. There is always a knitting or crochet project or two on my coffee table.

I like to use the hook to dig into the middle of a fleece braid, and then I can pull the braid through without warping the whiffle ball or damaging the fleece.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Tools for ToyMaking - 02/11/11 04:49 AM

I have a curved pair of medical forceps, the thinner ones called hemostats, that are a MUST for making toys! They're nifty for clamping the end of a piece of rexlace while you sort beads, for stuffing the lacing up through toys and beads, stuffing fleece pieces into balls... just everything!
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