It feels like FOREVER since I have done a tutorial! So I am no doubt, more than a little rusty doing this one but I hope that you will bear with me as I try to show to all of you;
a GRATER LOVE!
Of course I am talking about a kitchen grater and how I made the variety of ones that I have to show you. Here is one of them . Pretty simple to make and here is how I did it ......
|A KITCHEN GRATER|
|A JUMBO PAPERCLIP|
|No Big surprise here; Jumbo paper clips with a shiny metallic finish. I bought mine at Dollarama for|
$1.25. The size is listed as 50 mm ( 2 inches) and the package contained 80 pieces. a pretty good deal.
|You are going to need pliers!|
|Now here is the secret ingredient!|
|In this photo I am using the inside of the paperclip and also the narrow band of metal that is in the furniture repair kit|
|I have cut out the centre of the Jumbo paper clip and then cut the ends even|
|This is actually longer than I wanted and I did cut it down a bit more so the final length was|
2mm for the paper clip and 1 1/2 mm for the grater or
7/8 in. for the frame and 4/8 in. for the grater
|I put the glue on the legs of the paper clip and then placed the cut piece of metal on top. It fits almost perfectly but if needed a little light pressure can make the width of the metal strip and the paper clip match.|
|This is what it should look like|
|As I said earlier, I made these a bit too long but they have since been corrected but they took just a few minutes to do|
Grater Number THREE
|This is the larger of the 2 sizes that come in the package. There are several of these pieces so there is always a chance at redemption if you don't succeed the first, second or third time around.|
|I found it helped to shape the metal around a paint brush handle to get the half- round shape that I was wanting|
|For this style of grater I am using the jumbo or outer portion of the paperclip. The rods will run the OUTER length of the grater and so I cut the legs longer than the length of the metal AND then I bent the ends upward like this......|
|The trickiest part of the whole procedure is getting the legs even. I can't tell you how many times I tried and made a ROYAL MESS of it all. Thankfully there are many many paperclips in the package!|
|This style took the longest to do but wasn't too hard. It measures 2 1/2 mm long and 1 mm wide or|
1 inch long and 1/2 inch wide.
|Okay, Here is the very last one|
(I hope this is not grating on your nerves? )
Grater Number FOUR
|Using a pair of metal cutters that can cut both legs at once, cut your paperclip to the desired length or refer to the measurements for the previous ones as guides|
|This style is going to be with the legs of the paperclip wrapped with the metal strip|
| ( Later, I also used a metal file to smooth the cut ends of the legs.) |
Make it look tidy!
|And that is THAT! |
Now that you have made these let me show you what they can do!
|Fatima made me some Fimo Lemons and I decided to put the grater to the test!|
|This really works! |
|I have some tiny grated lemon rind on the table top.|
Can you see it?
|AIN'T IT GREAT!|