My husband suggested using lead shot, which would be suitably heavy, and I bought a packet of this in its own mesh container.
|The lead shot mesh bag and a few pieces of lead shot together with tin|
A few weeks ago, we were going around a local market. I was looking for some nice paperweights to use as pattern weights, instead. There were stalls with second hand goods, vintage goods and craft items. I didn't find any suitable paperweights at a price I was willing to pay.
The we came across a stall selling new vintage-type items. I rather admired some things on it, including some little circular tins.
DH bought me 6 of these. He wrapped lead shot in cling film and put a package in each tin, so that each tin was more or less full. Then he sealed each tin with glue around its rim.
Voila! Pattern weights.
The tins weight around 440g (just under a pound) each. They are 6.5cms in diameter (approx. 2.5 inches) and about 2.8cms in depth (approx. 1 and a 1/4 inches).
Each tin has a picture of a rose - 2 each of three designs.
|One each of the three designs|
They work fabulously well. They're just the right size to handle and sufficiently weighty (heavier than my Prym weights by quite a bit) so that I don't worry about them moving when I'm cutting out. I'm a bit fearful of scratching them and spoiling the rose picture so I'm thinking of making a nice soft container for them. In the meantime, they sit nicely along the top of my bookcase. These are not for taking to classes.