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The Makery: Crafting and Hand Tools

Guide with resources for The Makery in Rose and Carrier Libraries

Cutter / Plotters

The Rose Makery has two cutter/plotters:

  • Cricut Maker
  • Graphtec Cutter/Plotter

The Cricut is perfect for smaller projects, and can draw on and cut through a variety of materials including paper, fabric, thin leather, even thin balsawood.  We have a variety of blade types for the machine, as well as ink pens of many colors, including fabric pens.

The Graphtec is set up to cut adhesive-backed vinyl, but can also be used to plot large diagrams (like blueprints.)

Both machines can be used to create:

  • adhesive-backed vinyl signs and stickers
  • painting stencils
  • iron-on t-shirt vinyl

As always, assistance and materials are provided by our staff. 

More Information and Tutorials

Hand Tools

Both Makeries have a small collection of hand tools, including:

  • screwdrivers 
  • pliers 
  • hammers 
  • cordless hand drills
  • rotary ("Dremel") tools 
  • rulers
  • clamps
  • coping saw
  • sandpaper

The Rose Makery also has a variety of measurement tools, wrenches, and a more comprehensive collection of wrenches, sockets, saws and clamps, as well as workbench space and a bench vise. 

Crafting Supplies

The Makery at Rose has a collection of crafting tools and supplies, including:

  • A variety of colored pencils, ink pens, and markers
  • Acrylic paint set
  • Hobby ("X-Acto") Knives
  • Hot Glue Guns
  • Adhesives including:
    • Glue Sticks, Elmer's Glue, Rubber Cement, Wood Glue, Cyanoacrylate ("Superglue")
    • Painter's ("Masking") Tape, Gaffer's Tape, Duct Tape
  • Woodburning Kit
  • Clothespins, Popsicle Sticks, Toothpicks, etc.

Button Maker

The Rose Makery has two button makers - one for 1.5" buttons, and another for 2.25" buttons.  We also have a pair of circle cutters you can use to cut perfect circles out of paper and cardstock.  We provide supplies for you to make custom pinback buttons and magnets!

How to Use the Button Maker

Block Printing Setup

The Rose Makery has a small printing press and supplies to make your own relief prints, including rubber blocks, carving tools, ink, and paper.

There's more information on how to make prints at The Makery here!   

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