Fixing A Instrument Carrying Case For My Musician With KAM Snaps April 21 2022, 0 Comments
"Mom, all the zippers on my flute case are broken now." My musician held up his formerly zip-able case in one hand, his flute in his other.
KAM plastic snaps to the rescue. I went for the quick fix because there is only two months of school left. We will buy a replacement case next school year if he continued with band.
I sewed two tabs out of double-sided marine vinyl and zigzag stitched them to the top of the soft case. Then, with Long Prong Size 20 KAM plastic snaps, I attached a tab to each side of the case, so that my musician can snap and unsnap the case easily.
Because my musician is an active kiddo, a track team member and an all-round busy boy, I wanted a second layer of defense for his flute.
With the same marine vinyl, I made 4x 1" double-layered bands and zigzag stitched them to the bottom inside of the case in sets to meet across the top of the flute's hard case. Finally, I attached a Long Prong Size 20 KAM plastic snap set to each side and SNAP, his flute is secure.
Tada! Problem solved!
How To Install KAM Plastic Snaps with KAM Hand Pliers @ ILikeBigButtons.com March 29 2022, 0 Comments
K1 KAM Plastic Snap Pliers Versus K2 ILBB Plastic Snap Pliers January 08 2021, 0 Comments
The K1 pliers are KAM® branded pliers, the same quality brand as the snaps we carry. They come with four (4) dies:
The K2 pliers are manufactured for our I Like Big Buttons!® brand. They are a more economical option for those who aren't looking to do all that many snaps. They come with three (3) dies:
K1 are sturdier and have more robust dies than K2. If you are just doing a few snaps, the K2 is not a bad choice, and some people like them better for Size 16 snaps. The K1 pliers do a nicer job on Size 20 snaps and work great on Size 16.
K1 pliers form the snaps creating a small rounded dome in the socket and stud center. K2 pliers form more of a flat pancake with a bullseye impression that some like for Size 16 snaps, as it can make them snap together a little easier.
If grip strength is an issue, K2 pliers require less force to sufficiently set snaps.