Aside from your basic screwdriver and hammer, I never really had a need for or paid attention to tools. If I had a need for anything more complicated than hanging a painting, I hired someone to help. They brought their own tools, unknown and uninteresting to me.
When I started making mosaic art, I found a virtual paradise of tools I never knew existed. Not just glass cutters, tile nippers and wire cutters, but scorers, dremmels, drills and awls and jigsaws. As I became familiar with what tools could accomplish and how easy they were to use, I acquired a new sense of power and independence. Tools liberated me from the frustration of not being able to get things to do what I wanted them to do. I could make new things, adjust and carve, screw in, hang, drill, you name it.
I had the power to do it myself.
I include adhesives in this group. I have found so many new adhesives, each with their own wonderful attributes. Some are good for fast drying, some for vertical applications, some for outdoor use, some for beads, some for heavy pieces; I discovered a glue for every need.
These days, there isn’t anything I can’t stick.
My message to you: you are not alone with your broken things, or your challenges to get things held together, or your quest to get your artistic vision into reality. Discover the wonderful world of tools.
Their power is yours for the taking.