A more traditional and simple ScrapHappy this month; I’ve repurposed an interdental brush as a needle pin to use in carding my files.
I first came across needle pins when I was a child, making Honiton Lace* – it’s the tool we used for pricking out a pattern, but I’ve found them super useful for all sorts of things in the decades since.
Carding a file is what one does to clean a metal working file – it’s scraping out all the swarf that gets stuck from within the teeth. Many of the files I use are small and all have very fine teeth so the brass brush I have doesn’t really ‘un gum’ (technical term!) lots of them sufficiently
These interdental brushes are incredibly good. They come in different widths, are made from carefully sourced bamboo so the handle is compostable, and the brush part pulls out with a little effort from the handle to go into the standard waste bin. And for me, there’s an extra bonus as The Truthbrush is a local company (though they sell internationally – here’s a link)
What I’ve done, is take two broken pins – one’s a bit thinner than the other and it’s nasty plastic head pulled off when I ran over it with my sewing machine. It’s very long and thin and is one of the ones I got in a Christmas cracker many years ago. The other one is a bit thicker, though still slim, has a glass head, but bent when I tried to use it to block my crochet.
I expected to have to anchor them into the top of the Truthbrush with glue, but I was able to simply push them in as the hole the brush came out of has been drilled wonderfully deeply into the handle.
I smashed the glass head with my stamping hammer, and now I have two new needle pins – one super fine and one fine with a convenient kink to help align it.
And look!! My favourite file is no longer filled with silver swarf, and works beautifully again (I’ve cleaned it all, this is just to demonstrate the difference!))
*Honiton Lace – bobbin lace, made on a straw stuffed round and flat pillow, in motifs and runs of lace, using extremely fine cotton. Traditionally the bobbins are long and slim, with no beading and the lace is white. Learn more here: Victoria and Albert Museum Wikipedia Honiton Museum