- Small scissors with curved blades for cutting the fingernails or
- A nail clipper (also called a nail trimmer or nailcutter) is a hand tool
used to trim fingernails and toenails.
- The structure of nail scissors is much more stable than that of skin
scissors, which is necessary for them to be able to meet the demands placed on
them. Nail scissors also have to be curved in order to follow the shape of the
- A how-to or a how to is an informal, often short, description of how to
accomplish some specific task. A how-to is usually meant to help non-experts,
may leave out details that are only important to experts, and may also be
greatly simplified from an overall discussion of the topic.
- Practical advice on a particular subject; that gives advice or instruction
on a particular topic
- (How To’s) Multi-Speed Animations
use nail scissors - Seki Edge
Seki Edge Acrylic Nail Scissors
These twice-tempered stainless steel toenail
scissors from Seki Edge make light work of trimming thick nails. A curved and
serrated cutting blade firmly grasps the nail and allows easy contouring around
hard-to-reach places such as ingrown toenails. Now, even individuals with shaky
hand movements can groom with confidence. Part of an upscale, professional
personal grooming line, Seki Edge combines centuries-old Japanese craftsmanship
with modern technology to create high performance stainless steel tools. Works
equally well on acrylic fingernails and thick toenails.
Lesson #8 - Tools (Optional)
Expanding off of Lesson #3 from my Essential
Guide to Lego Customizing, I wanted to talk more about the tools that can be
used for customizing Lego, which are completely optional to use, but I
personally recommend using them. The photo contains examples of such tools used,
but there are more out there that aren't pictured. I have also added notes
identifying them for you. Anyways... It isn't the tools that you have that make
good customs. It is how you use them. You can't call yourself a photographer
just because you have a camera. You can't call yourself an artist just because
you have a paintbrush and some paint. Same logic applies here as well.
Painting/Coloring There a lot of options here when it comes to coloring
your parts. Paint - The obvious and popular choice. Paint is easy to use. When
you shop for paint, look at the labels. Look for words like "quick bonding" and
"plastic". You want the paint to remain on the plastic. Try not to get thick
paint. You want nice and clean textures, almost as if you didn't paint at all.
Good paint to use is model paint, vinyl dye, and some acrylic. Spraypaint - Same
thing as above. Quick bonding and made for plastic, and nice and clean textures.
Krylon Fusion is a popular choice and is what I use and comes in several colors.
Markers - These can be used for last minute or just quick touch ups. From
permanent markers to Vis a Vis pens to Sharpie markers, loads to choose from.
And the great thing about markers is that they can be washed off in case you are
just doing a temporary custom. Sharpies are the popular choice as they just look
nice. And I will be the one to say this: despite what people say about using
sharpies here in the community, there is nothing wrong with using them. I use
them. I encourage their use. Misc - Crayons, colored pencils, food dye, nail
polish. If it works for you and gets the job done, go for it, but there are
better options. :P Cutting/Drilling/Sanding Sometimes you have to cut
parts to make them look right. Like coloring, many ways to do it. I'm just going
to go out and just recommend getting a Dremel tool. What exactly is a Dremel?
Basically it is a drill, but you can switch the heads for other uses like
sanding, grinding, and cutting. Works on plastic, wood, and metal. It is handy
to have around. And they have drill bits that are perfect sizes for attaching
Lego parts (like say if you want a torso with 4 arms). Exacto knifes and nail
clippers are also useful for cutting parts as well. Scissors are good for cloth
parts. Nail file and sandpaper for smoothing down parts, especially ones that
you cut to get rid of rough edges. Gluing/Taping For when you need to
connect two parts together that have no connection points. For glue, I think the
obvious to use is super glue or a type of solvent. It bonds quickly and stays on
very well. Wood glue and regular Elmers glue can be used, but they get way to
messy, so stick with super glue. For tape, the only tape you should ever use is
electrical tape. Like markers, they are a great way for adding minor details
like sleeves or slings, but they can also used in large uses. Look up Shobrick
and you will know what I'm talking about. Other than that, any other tape is
useless. Misc. Have you ever found a printed Lego piece, and wanted to
make use of it but couldn't because it has a design on it that isn't exactly
what you're looking for? Well there are ways to remove it. And by ways, I only
mean one way because it's the only way I recommend - Brasso. Brasso is a metal
polish that can be used to remove print. Whether you want to remove a whole
design to have a blank torso or just simply alter it (see my Tron figs as an
example), it is a useful tool to have. It will not alter the color or plastic of
the Lego piece, although it will remove the finish on it, making it go from
shiny to dull. But who cares. If you want to remove certain parts of a
torso/head design but want to keep the rest, cover what you want to keep with
scotch tape and wipe away the rest. If you need advice on Brasso, I'm your guy.
Rubber erasers can be used too, but it's more tasking. Also on that note, do not
use anything like rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, or anything with acidic
properties. It will melt your Lego. Suppose you want to make a weapon or a
headpiece/body wear but you can't cast parts. Well there is sculpey. It's a type
of plastic clay, which some customizors use to make mostly headgear or add on to
headgear. I never used it so I can't really give any advice on it, but there are
those who do use it like Tin_7 and Amadgunslinger. Anyways, with that said and
done, all these items are easy to find at your local Wal-Mart, Target, Home
Depot, Lowes, Michalls, ACMoore, etc. Who knows, you might find more tools to
use at the stores. Practice with them. Toy with them. Use with caution. Always
have back up parts if you screw up.
Lesson #3 - Making Your Creations
With your plans already set, lets starting
"building" those fantasies and dreams of yours that Lego will not fulfill. While
you make minifigs, try to see how many you can make with what you have just on
hand. Just use whatever parts that you have sitting in your bin. This mini
challenge not only helps get you adjusted with the basics of Lego building
(duh), but also helps build consistency. Because there will be a time when you
just can't afford to restock your inventory and you have to rely on what you
have left remaining. What other tools do you have? Scissors, knife, cutting
utensils (please be careful when using these by the way)? Glue and tape? Paint?
Markers, sharpies, pens? Nail polish (stuff works)? Brasso, eraser? Dremel tool,
drill, sandpaper? There are so many tools for you to use. Now depending how how
you want to customize, you can either go the purist route or be hardcore and use
all those things above. What is a purist? It is basically someone who uses just
Lego and nothing else. But there are certain levels to it. Here is my personal
ranking of it: Purist - Lego and nothing else. Does not cut, glue, or paint Lego
either. Purist Customizor - Customizor who will use custom accessories
(BrickForge, BrickArms, etc) made for Lego. Does not cut, glue, or paint.
Customizor - Person will use whatever. May or may not cut, glue, or paint Where
do you fall under? My suggestion: If you really want to make the minifigs you
want, you have got to go outside your comfort zone and think outside the box,
because using just Lego will limit you. What's Out There Now there are
certain minifigs you want to make, but you don't have the right piece! Well
worry not, because there are plenty of places to acquire Lego and custom
accessories for your minifigs. I will not link to them, but I will tell you who
they are. You will have to search them online for yourself. You have to be
acquainted with this stuff: BrickLink - Great place to find to find spare
Lego parts. They have it all.
BrickForge/BrickArms/BrickWarriors/Arealight/BrickTW - These are custom
houses that sell various pieces. BrickForge makes an array of fantasy themed
items as well as regular modern accessories. BrickArms makes military themed
accessories like guns and helmets. BrickWarriors is a mish-mash of BF and BA and
is also going their own route. Arealight specializes in Star Wars accessories
and BrickTW is based on ancient, Chinese lore. There are other vendors out
there, but these guys are the gateway drug. MMCB - He specializes in
custom cloth accessories like capes and trenchcoats. Kaminoan/Roaglaan -
These guys make custom decals, in case you are having trouble making your own.
There are others who are good making them as well. Always keep your eyes open.
The more you look into these guys, the more doors that open up for you to other
customizors. There is also third party brick brands that you can use as well.
Mega Bloks, Cobi, Sidan Toys (resold by Minifig.Cat on BrickLink), Sluban,
Oxford, Stikfas, Minimates, Kubricks. They have what Lego doesn't. And then
there are other toys like Warhammer and whatever you see in a toy aisle. Point
is, there are so many things you can use. When being a customizor, you have to
have an open mind. Making the Minifig Making a custom minifig is like any
other art. I always make "concept" figs to give me an idea of what I want to
make and how to work with it. Draw out your figs. Try different combinations.
When you make that minifig, look at it and see how it can be improved. A work of
art is never complete. I can understand that currently that is the best you can
do (and I have had those moments myself), but remember things change in the
future so always use new, fresh pieces and techniques to improve your current
work! Next lesson is Immersing Yourself in The Community