And We're Not Done Yet
I then demonstrated the drop test (to check if everything has been pressed enough). As I was explaining that re-pressing was almost always necessary, he casually commented "I know there's a vice available that would improve your pressing power by at least 10-fold. If you're interested, we could take a quick run down to the hardware store for a look'.
Guess who had grabbed their purse and coat and was ready to go within a minute?
Party at the 'Hardy' Store
Never in my life have I been so excited about a trip to the hardware store.
Never in my life have I EVER been excited about a trip to the hardware store. This time, however, I happily studied tools without even thinking about glancing at my watch. Instead of my usual impatient eye-rolling, I immersed myself in the hunt for washers of the right size and weight and found myself excitedly asking salespeople about pressure scales and torque power. Before long, I was exchanging hardware-related banter with other customers – and enjoying it!
Here's what we came home with. A super-duper quick-action vice that leaves all others in the dust (when it comes to pressing eyeshadow). We're talking serious torque power with the simple turn of a handle and a wrist-friendly quick-release button. Although this model is normally used 'lying down', the construction of it allows for use 'standing up' (which is what I needed, and why we glued felt pads on the end).
I also discovered that this manufacturer makes a selection of vices and clamps in sizes right down to the little hand-held model I had already been using. Therefore, ladies, if you are looking for pressing power and thinking you need a clamp or vice, remember the name Wolfcraft – they can deliver the goods!
What The Washers Were For
My husband had a few improvements in mind when he saw the hand-held tool I had been using. This required washers of specific dimensions. Here's how he created the other half of my ultimate eyeshadow pressing kit.
Not only does this odd-looking collection of stacked metal bits fit perfectly into the eyeshadow pans I use, it also easily slots in to both of my Wolfcraft pressing devices, allowing for all kinds of powder pressing magic and no more sore thumbs!
Stay tuned to find out how I made pressed eyeshadow with these tools.
Sometimes I feel like I am the only one in the world with this problem. I'd love a comment from you if you press your own eyeshadows/powder make-up. What do you use? How do you do it? Do your shadows stay pressed? Please share!