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Review | Fiskars 8″ Amplify Mixed Media Scissors

Reported by Patti Sokol

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Like their bigger sibling the 10″ Amplify Mixed Media Scissors that Deena looked at yesterday, the idea behind the new Fiskars 8″ Amplify Mixed Media scissors is that they are premium shears designed for cutting extra-thick mixed-media materials.

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Fiskars’ brand name is synonymous with quality and these scissors live up to that and more.  Sculpted thumb and forefinger loops fit the shape and the natural movement of the hand and allow you to cut through many types of media without your hand tiring.  The patented technology, which causes the blades to sense separation,  and then transfer the energy to a torsion bar, which adjusts the blade and allows it to shift to its optimal cutting angle is quite ingenious.  All of this essentially means that you can pick up any kind of mixed media item that you can envision and use these incredible scissors to cut it into the shape required for your project.

The scissors come with a lifetime guarantee which is fantastic reassurance.  The protective sheath that comes with the scissors fit them perfectly and the button that is designed on the side of the scissors prevents the scissors from slipping out.

I put the scissors through my own mixed media test.  I tried to think of something quite tough and hard to cut through that I would use in making my everyday mixed media collages and then tried to make it very challenging.  Here is what I came up with:

First, how well can they cut through an entire magazine?

This is an art magazine with 80 pages and a front and back cover. And here is how the scissors performed:

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They cut through it effortlessly!

And next up is a piece of cardboard:

Once again, these scissors lived up to their reputation with a nice clean cut:

I can honestly say that these scissors are worth every penny for my crafting needs.  And with the lifetime warranty and included sheath to protect the blades, it’s even harder to say no. For crafting and mixed media enthusiasts hoping to make their next project their best, nothing on the market outperforms Amplify Mixed Media Shears.

Fiskars 8″ Amplify Mixed Media Shears have an MSRP of $29.99, but are currently available on Amazon.com for only $10.99.

Review | Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media Scissors [Video]

Reported by Angela Butler-Carter

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Fiskars is synonymous with quality. As a crafter I have many of their products in my craft space and I rely on these products on a daily basis. I never worry about them not being able to perform. From my paper trimmers to scissors, Fiskars has established themselves as a leader in the industry.

I currently own five pairs of Fiskars scissors including my Fiskateer scissors and my grandmother’s scissors that were passed down to me after her passing years ago. I use them daily while I’m crafting, or repairing a hem for my husband, or even opening all my lovely packages from my online shopping addiction habit.

When I was presented with the opportunity to review a pair of scissors from Fiskars I knew I wanted to do a bit more research on the topic. I rounded up all the scissors I own (ten pairs currently) and I did a little test. Some scissors are made for tight spaces. There are scissors for lefty’s like my husband. There are non-stick scissors for sticky substances and there are all-purpose scissors. Each of the scissors I own serve a different purpose and each of them are relied upon to do their job and do it right every time.

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Here is how Fiskars describes the new Amplify Mixed Media shears:

Our Amplify™ Mixed Media Shears are premium shears designed for cutting extra-thick mixed-media materials. They sense blade separation and force the blades back together to cut cleanly through thick materials like corkboard, thick cardstock, magnet and much more. Amplify™ Mixed Media Shears are available in three sizes for cutting in tight spaces, all-purpose cutting and large-scale projects requiring long, clean cuts. For crafting and mixed media enthusiasts hoping to make their next project their best, nothing on the market outperforms Amplify™ Mixed Media Shears. All include a sheath to protect the blades and a lifetime warranty.

Features:

  • Ideal for cutting in tight spaces and detailed cuts through multiple layers or thick and heavy mixed media materials like cardstock, magnet, chipboard, fiberglass cloth and much more
  • Amplify™ technology senses blade separation when cutting thick fabrics and forces the blades back together for crisp, clean cuts every time — the floating blade tang transfers energy to the torsion bar which adjusts the blade to its optimal angle
  • Protective sheath keeps the blades safe and protected
  • Length: 6″
  • Lifetime warranty
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Do the 6″ Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media shears live up to the Fiskars standard and hype? Watch the video to see me put these scissors through some tests to see what they can do!

Pros:

  • Even pressure cutting from base to tip
  • Small size blade makes for easy maneuvering and is space saving for storage purposes
  • Full size handle fits comfortably in the hand
  • Protective cover is convenient for travel to protect the blades

Cons:

  • Price is high for scissors. (But with an available coupon from the major retailers these scissors are very affordable.)
  • The cover has a loose fit on the scissors and there is potential for it to slip off during transport.

Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media Shears come in three sizes (6″, 8″, and 10″). The 6″ Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media shears have an MSRP of $24.99.

Book Review | Explore, Create, Resinate: Mixed Media Techniques using Ice Resin by Jen Cushman

Reported by Maria Soto

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I have heard so much about Ice Resin and Mold Putty that I wanted to try it for a while. I was so excited to get the book, Explore, Create, Resinate: Mixed Media Techniques Using ICE Resin by Jen Cushman, to see what it looked like. (ICE Resin is a two-part epoxy resin, if you aren’t familiar with it.)

I have to admit that the first time I opened this book I felt very intimidated by all the beautiful works of art that everyone made for this book. At first I wasn’t sure I’d actually create anything with resin because just by looking at all the photos of all the different projects you can make, I thought it would be very difficult and frustrating. I actually put the book away for a bit because I had very mixed feelings about giving this a try. Especially because in the past I had tried making jewelry pieces with a different brand of two-part resin, and well – let’s just say the end results were disappointing.

A day passed and I grabbed the book after work one evening and began reading, I have to say the way the author took the time to describe the ICE resin, got me intrigued. I kept reading and realized that I was wrong to feel intimidated. This product deserved my full attention! The author’s tips and explanation on how to use this product made me want to try it right away. Each page in this book makes you stop and really look at each project and at how the ICE resin makes them so unique and beautiful.

I find it fascinating how this product can be used in so many different ways to create such a variety of projects. I love finding products that can allow you to be creative, to step out of your comfort zone. This book made me want to try this product! It will take some time and lots of practice before I can attempt some of the more complex beautiful projects found in this book, so I decided to try a more simple casting with resin as my first project.

I had this very pretty rose button laying around, and decided to make a mold using the two-part mold putty. This is my first time using the molding product as well.  And let’s just say that I found out the hard way that you have very little time to make your mold before the putty hardens, something I’m not very happy with! But practice makes perfect so I kept making molds.

Here is a photo of my very first project where I made my own mold and poured my first ice resin (as shown in the book).

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You can see the materials I used in the photo below, and in the second photo you can see the ice resin rose ring I made (on the left). It shows my very first mold (in the center) and then for comparison on the right is the rose button I started with for this project.

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 I will continue to play with this product and the few molds I made to make embellishments to use on other projects.

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I can’t say I have one favorite project from this book, because I loved all of them, but I do know that the next project I try making is going to be the ICE resin paper technique. I can see using this in jewelry and card making, and I know I will find other uses for it as well.

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This is one book that will not be going to the bookcase to gather dust! It will have a permanent place on my work table. I highly recommend this book to anyone who like me had yet to try this product. It is a great book for a beginner. Make sure to read all the tips on how to prepare your work table, how to avoid and clean up any spills, and how to use this amazing product.

Pros:

  • Good for beginners
  • Great variety of projects
  • Useful tips for working with resin

Cons:

  • Intimidating at first glance
  • Have to work fast with the molding putty!

Explore, Create, Resinate: Mixed Media Techniques Using ICE Resin by Jen Cushman is available from a variety of crafts and book retailers for a cover price of $23.95.