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Plasma cutters are a very specialized tool used in the welding industry. Have you seen those new intricate metal designs turned into hanging art? These are cut from metal in very detailed shapes and sizes. Plasma cutters are used for these detailed cuts instead of traditional acetylene torches.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

Many metal hobbyists are now wishing to add a plasma cutter to their workshop setting. These devices can be used to create beautiful works of art for the home or for sale. There are many price ranges for used plasma cutters. Usually, the higher the price of the cutter, the thicker is the metal which can be cut. Prospective buyers should consider the thickness of the metal they will be cutting before making the purchase. There is no reason to buy a cutter capable of cutting 3/8 inch steel if the thickest that will be cut is less than a 16th inch.

Of course there's also a wide variety of prices depending upon the name brand of the used plasma cutter purchased. Name the brand plasma cutters have advantages over others by way of more accessible and easily purchased parts. There are consumable parts when using a plasma cutter that have to be replaced on a regular basis. How often these parts have to be replaced depends on how much metal is cut. Before buying any plasma cutter make sure that you are able to purchase replacement parts easily.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

Another consideration when buying a used plasma cutter is that an air supply is required. Always check the specifications of the cutter for how much air pressure and volume the device requires. Smaller cutters will require less air pressure and thus a smaller air compressor the larger ones. It is also very important to have a water filter installed on the airline so that condensation is not sucked into the cutter.

Of course all the standard safety equipment that comes with any welding shop should be on hand also. You will need eye and hand protection just as with any acetylene torch cutting. Also be aware that since electricity is used in the process there are electrical shock hazards which must be considered. It's best never to do the cutting spending on bare ground. Instead, always do the cutting while standing on dry cement.

If you live in a larger city, you may be able to find used plasma cutters for sale in the classified sections of your city newspaper. Also, you can check online at places like eBay. However, when purchasing online, make sure you understand what the shipping charges will be before placing the order. Used plasma cutters are quite heavy and the shipping charges could be significant.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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