Have any of you trimmed the prongs off of brads?

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Posted 1/23/2013 by tinkgumby in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:39:42 AM
I've been following the "enamel dots must be made of gold" thread with amused interest, because I do have a ton of brads (I'm especially a sucker for the glazed decorative kind), but I LOVE enamel dots.

I finally realized part of the reason I love them is the ease of just putting them straight on a page (BAM, to quote another Pea), rather than messing with holes and prongs. (Yes, I'm a lazy scrapper!)

Have any of you ever successfully trimmed the prongs off and just used a glue dot or something to stick brads wherever you want them? I'm willing to go try it myself, just curious if anyone's done it before.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:42:50 AM
Yep! Used an old pair of sharp scissors! Just be very careful not to cut yourself and not let the prong fly in your face. I do this sometimes because I don't like the bulk or my pages are too thick to poke a hole through.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:43:09 AM
I think I have cut the shanks off some buttons, and may have had to do something like this also when some cheap brads' prongs broke. But I have not, and now I am thinking I should because I may want to use my brads on an art journal page, and on those, they can't poke through to the other side because I put another entry on the opposite side.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:43:36 AM
Aren't you in the Fort Worth area?

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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:52:26 AM
Yup! I have a button shank remover tool (it's basically a sharp pair of wire cutters) & just snip 'em off. I can NEVER get the hole exactly where I wanted it, so this works better for me.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:53:10 AM
Yep I do it all the time...long before enamel dots came around but yeah I can see the {love} for those. I am with you..I hate poking a hole and then having to insert and secure the brads.

I have also painted mine or used copic markers to change the colors on them.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:56:42 AM
Hooray! Thanks for the responses - glad to hear it works!

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Posted: 1/23/2013 11:03:14 AM
I have a pair of wire cutters just for that purpose.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 11:10:15 AM
I do this all the time. I have a pair of cutters just for this purpose in my scrapping "tool box". Stick a glue dot on it and it's good to go!

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Posted: 1/23/2013 11:38:18 AM
I do this all the time... I have an older pair of Tim Holtz scissors that work really well for this.



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Posted: 1/23/2013 11:46:43 AM
Yep. I use my wire snips from my Bind-it-all.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 11:51:14 AM
All the time. You can just cut them off with the Tim Holtz scissors. Then a glue dot will hold those puppies in place.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 11:52:41 AM
I've done this too. If you don't have a pair of scissors/snips you can use, you can also just bend it back and forth (and back and forth and back and forth...) until the prongs snap off.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 11:53:05 AM
how did i never think to do this???? what a great idea.. need to pull all the brads out of the donation box now...lol

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Posted: 1/23/2013 12:02:13 PM
I do it all the time! I have a pair of wire cutters that work well for this, and hardly ever use brads with the prongs intact anymore.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 12:05:46 PM
Great idea, I have never thought of this. Sometimes I don't use the brads just because I don't want to mess with the holes (I am a lazy scrapper too.).


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Posted: 1/23/2013 12:28:18 PM
Okay, I gotta say brads are one of my favorite embellies. I used to hate to put them on too, but I actually bought the brad tool from WRMK, and brads are soooo much easier now. I know it seems silly to some people to buy a tool for that, but the prong spreader end makes it totally worth the money! Besides, when you secure something with a brad, it's not going ANYWHERE!

But yeah, those little dots are cute...

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Posted: 1/23/2013 12:37:51 PM

If you don't have a pair of scissors/snips you can use, you can also just bend it back and forth (and back and forth and back and forth...) until the prongs snap off.

That's what I do! Though I may have to make a run to Lowe's and get some wire cutters instead - might be less time consuming!


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Posted: 1/23/2013 1:48:07 PM
I am another who does this all the time. Tim Holtz scissors are perfect for the job.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 1:53:59 PM
i have. i just move the prongs back and forth a few times and they pop right off.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 1:57:30 PM
I bought some snips in the beading department, great for buttons, earrings, pins, and brads.
I do like brads in pivot points of my layouts. I like pages that somewhat interactive.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 1:59:12 PM
What a simple idea, and I never thought of it! I may try it soon. I don't mind using them as intended, but I do hate trying to wiggle a page into a page protector when it has a bunch of prongs on the back.

I was the one whining about the $5 enamel dots. And I still want them. But this is a great idea to tide me over until I either win the lottery or the things show up at Big Lots!

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Posted: 1/23/2013 2:14:42 PM
You bet I do. Old scissors and a glue dot, baby.

I also like it because it cuts down on the extra wear and tear from the back of one page rubbing against the back of another, kwim?

And I love it for cards, because I don't have to worry about layering something to hide the prongs. I can put them anywhere on the card I want, and no prongs show up at all.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 2:17:05 PM
GREAT IDEA! I never would have thought to do that... until now of course!

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Posted: 1/23/2013 2:25:42 PM
I do this all the time. I use th scissors and pop dots, since often the back of the brad is a bit concave. I find it so much easier to add them this way. Usually when indeed one like that I just quickly prep the whole pack and they get used so quickly after that.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 3:27:31 PM
I bought a bag of floral beads/gems (can't remember the name, they're in the floral dept.) at M's. They are clear and small with flat backs. I color them with Copics or nail polish and adhere them. With Copics they are still pretty translucent but with paint they are more opaque. It's a pretty big bag (lifetime supply) and was under $10 with a coupon.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 3:31:48 PM
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Posted: 1/23/2013 5:47:46 PM
OMG! Genius! I never thought of snipping off the prongs.....for goodness sakes! And I have the perfect snips to do that...my dad is a model airplane builder and long ago he gave me a pair of tiny snips to snip off the backs of those shank buttons...they are very sharp and would take care of the prongs right up to the brad.

So...glue dot? to adhere? or that Tombow glue?

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Posted: 1/23/2013 5:58:31 PM
After watching Wilna's video the other day, I folded both prongs of a decorative brad on themselves and shoved them into the hollow part of the brad to kind of fill in the hole. It worked great and I adhered it with a large Glue Dot. Sure wish I had thought of these tricks years ago!


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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:05:36 PM
I also use a wire cutter to cut off the shanks of brads and buttons. I decorate my own brads too. Get some embossing powder(coloured) and some glitter.
Heat the brad with your heat gun (use tweezers coz it can get hot) for a few seconds. Dip the brad into the embossing powder and heat again to melt the powder then quickly dip the brad into some glitter. There you have new brads.
You can dip the brads into micro beads as well or just keep them smooth with just the melted powder.




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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:08:57 PM
Yup, esp with mini books -- I don't like the prongs showing through on the other side.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 4:01:58 PM
I'm so glad you asked about this tinkgumby! I have one of those cutters to cut the shanks off of buttons and now I'm going to try it on my brads!

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Posted: 1/24/2013 7:35:20 PM
I've done it and have found that you don't need any tool, you just move back and forth the prong and it just breaks apart

I adhere them with a glue dot or two depending on how deep is the back of the brad

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:16:47 PM
I made a card this morning and I snipped the prongs right off the brad I used. I didn't have a problem cutting them off.


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