I’ll first start off with saying that I had a great drawing day yesterday. I finished drawing up the project I showed you yesterday, and even went over everything and ‘fine tuned’ the lines. I am very anxious to begin the cutting process and see how they look when they come to life.
But then . . .
I received a wholesale order for Christmas ornament kits. Wanting to stay on top of things there, I need to change gears and spend the day cutting that order.
This is a good thing though, and while it will delay my new project a little, we should be able to button this order up in a day. I plan to be cutting them all by Friday.
So for today, I am going to ask my readers for some input back on an issue that I have encountered recently. A couple of days ago, I had a customer call me looking for double sided masking tape. He had told me that he had read about using it for applying scroll saw patterns and was having trouble locating some.
I thought the task of locating the stuff would be simple enough, and did a quick Google search to see what I could find. After all, we weren’t reinventing the wheel here. Certainly there must be somewhere that offered it.
What I found really shocked me. I found the tape, but when I saw the price of it, it really threw me for a loop.
Here is the link to the tape on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/3M-410M-Double-Sided-Masking/dp/B000ZJOJKI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1351769760&sr=8-2&keywords=double+sided+painters+tape+3
For those that don’t want to click, the price for the tape on amazon is $107.45 for a three pack of 2” tape that is 36 yards long each. They say that is a savings of 56% from the suggested retail price of $243.74 for these three rolls.
Can anyone tell me why this is so expensive??? Is it lined with gold (or oil?) For goodness sake – it s MASKING TAPE which last time I looked consisted of paper and glue.
If anyone knows where to find this stuff at a reasonable price, please share your information. I can see how this would be a great way to stick on patterns for scroll sawing, but not if the tape costs more than the wood we are cutting. There has to be a reason and I would think that there would be an alternative product to the 3M brand that costs so much.
I appreciate your help, as will many other scroll sawyers.
(I want to let you all know that I will be cutting most of the day, and not able to answer until later tonight. But I will compile any information posted at the various places I post the blog and give a summary about it tomorrow. Thanks so much for your help!)
I wish you all a wonderful November! :)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"