Over the years I have shared a good deal about my use of a metal stylus in my work.
(For those that are not aware of this tool and how it is used in my process:
These metal styli, sometimes referred to as needle-point awls, are commonly used with leather or paper based art forms–as well as sculpture. Here are some examples of the types of styli I have used over the years:
However, the type of stylus that I find myself using most often is actually a pin vise. A pin vise (or pin vice in the UK) is a miniature drill or twist drill that is a useful, fairly inexpensive specialized hand tool often used in miniature woodwork. Pin vises, as the name suggest, hold thin, long cylindrical objects (like a pin or wire) by one end. This means it can also hold very thin, narrow drill bits. This tool would come in handy for anyone who works with small-scale miniatures, models, or or with wire for jewelry or small parts like in wristwatch repair.
Hope you detail oriented painters out there find this helpful—