New Rolling Mills

 

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Just a quick extra blog this week to tell you about our two new rolling mills, just arrived in stock.  We only have five of each of these so for the moment we are only listing them on our Website.

Click on the links to check the spec and more photographs.

 

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week.

Isobel

Candles

 

We’ve been getting crafty in Proops again and making some candles using our candle moulds.  We get asked occasionally the best way to use the moulds to stop the wax leaking and the candle sticking, so I plan to put together a little video of the process (and to show you that experienced candle makers can get it wrong sometimes too, I may even post a little bloopers video of how not to do it).

I’m sure I’ve told you all before that I like to give something personal to my nearest and dearest for special occasions and I had a thought of using our push lid solid aluminium storage tins  to make some scented tealight candles.  These could be personalised with labels for birthdays, Christmas, Halloween or any other occasion you can think of and at £3.50 for a pack of three they won’t break the bank either. We will also be listing these in larger quantities.  I plan on making some seansonal scented candles in them for my friends and family, personalised with some lovely individual labels for Christmas.  Of course, you could customise these cute little pots for other gifts too – they are the perfect size for earrings or cufflinks.  Have you used any of our products in a way which we haven’t thought of? We’d love to hear your ideas.

All our candle moulds are designed and made right here at our factory and our designer, Richard, has been working on some new candle mould designs for us, so keep checking the New Arrivals section or the Candle Mould section on the website for the latest designs.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week.

Isobel

 

 

Seaglass

 

I spend a lot of my weekends up in County Durham and one of my favourite places to go is Seaham beach.  Until the 1920s Seaham had one of the largest glass bottle works in Britain and during its days of glass bottles production, any waste glass was dumped into the North Sea.  This glass regularly washes up on the beach with the tide and after years of being tumbled smooth by the waves it leaves these beautiful glass pebbles on the sand.  Every time I go for a walk along the beach I pick some up and as I now have quite a large collection and a little more free time I thought I’d have a go a making some jewellery with it.  I have been having a look for inspiration and techniques on Pinterest and Youtube.  I would also love any advice from any of our customers, so if any of you have tried this yourselves I’d love to hear from you or see your creations.

 

I’ll keep you posted how I get on.

 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.

Isobel

Proops Brothers Remembers …….

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One of our customers sent us this image today.  How great is that!  Lots of our, I don’t want to upset anyone here with my choice of wording so shall I say, more mature customers remember visiting our shop on Tottenham Court Road back in the day with their fathers or brothers or uncles.  Unfortunately we no longer have this item in stock – I doubt it would get passed by the Health and Safety crew – but we have lots of other great products and we still offer free postage today!

If anyone else has any memories of Proops in Tottenham Court Road or any old articles or adverts we’d love to receive them.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.

Isobel

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Gift Vouchers

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If you have a special someone to buy for who loves crafts or modelling or even just collects tools why not give them a Proops Brothers gift voucher. Vouchers are available to buy in denominations of £10, £20, £50, £100 or £200 and can be used as payment or part payment for any order placed online, by telephone or for items bought in our shop. So why not take the guess work out of trying to find something they really want or don’t already have and let them choose for themselves from our huge range of products.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Isobel

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Hand-Made Christmas Cards

 

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I love the idea of giving something personal and individual at Christmas and I think hand-made Christmas cards are a great way to do this.  I have found some wonderful hand-made cards made using the art of paper quilling which I have added to our pinterest board.  Quilling has been around for hundreds of years and has become very popular again in recent times.  It is not an expensive hobby as the list of items you need to get started is minimal – a quilling tool, paper, glue, some cutting implements and patience.  Designs can be very detailed or relatively simple and the 3-D designs that quilling produces are perfect for personalising hand-made greeting cards, as well as lots of other things.  This is a great way to pass some of the time spent indoors during the damp, cold days of autumn and by Christmas card posting time you will have a stack of beautiful, individual cards all ready to send to your friends and family.

As always, we’d love to see some of your designs or any tips you can share for those new to quilling.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great week.

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Isobel

Quilling Tools

Cutting Mats and Glue Sticks

Frosty Mornings

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How quickly is this year going by? I can’t believe November is here already and I am not enjoying leaving for work at 5.45am on these dark, frosty mornings.   De-icing the car is just another chore to add to the list of things to do before we can get off to work or the school run.  Well, here at Proops we can’t help you to get the cereal on the breakfast table or get the pack-ups made for lunches, but we can help get the car de-iced with one of our multi-purpose scrapers. They are great for clearing your windscreen of ice and dare I say it, snow.  The plastic scraper is made here in our factory by our parent company, Linic Plastics and with a 6 inch size available you can get the job done even quicker, before your fingers start to freeze.

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Linic 6″ Scraper                                                                Linic 4″ Scraper

The beauty of these scrapers is that you can use them for so many other jobs as well – filling, scraping, decorating, plastering, Polyfilla and even cake decorating! Such a handy product to have around the house.  They are so useful, I always keep one in my car and one in the cupboard in the house.

We have also just added a new ice scraper to our range.  It is made from clear polycarbonate making it really robust for those extra frosty days!

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Linic Polycarbonate 3″ Ice Scraper

Thanks for stopping by. Safe driving.

Isobel

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Proops Brothers Shop

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Did you know we have a shop, not an online virtual one, but an actual premises where you can come and browse and buy?  We live in an age where online shopping has become the norm for a lot of us and don’t get me wrong, I am as guilty as the next person.  There is nothing easier than sitting on your sofa with a cup of tea and a biscuit while you order your shopping to be delivered directly to you – no hassle of finding (and usually paying for!)  a parking space, queuing to get served, lugging the items you have bought back to the car, then having to drive through the traffic back home again.  These are all the reasons why we have brought you our online shop and we love getting your orders but sometimes there is nothing better than going and having a look and feel of something before you buy it, especially if it is something you have not bought before.  Our shop has all of the items you can buy from us online – if it’s on our website, we have it in stock.  We have free parking right at the door and a great team who will help you find what you are looking for and answer any questions you may have. The shop is easily accessible, no steps or stairs and the aisles are wide enough for mobility scooters and wheelchair users.  And just to tempt you a little more, we offer a 10% discount on all sales made in the shop. We are based in Fleckney, a small village in Leicestershire, so if you are local or passing by why not pop in for a look, we’d love to meet you.

Our staff: Bill, Ellie, Anita and Stefan and of course one with me.  Don’t you love how happy they look at work?

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Car Park facilities

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Thanks for stopping by, have a great week.

Isobel

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Pumpkin Carving

 

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Yesterday I was searching the kitchen drawer for a knife to use for carving the pumpkins for Halloween when I had a thought that our wood chip carving knives would be perfect for the job.  So the pumpkins came to work with me this morning so I could test the knives out. The girls in the office and I got busy and creative and we found that these were indeed the perfect tool to use.  The blade length is ideal and the handles are comfortable and easy to hold, certainly much easier to use than the kitchen carving knife!  Have a look for yourself at our efforts and see what you think. (I also used some copper wire to attach the teeth and we found that our goose neck shaped scraper was the perfect tool to scrape out the inside of the pumpkin – just one of the many benefits of working at Proops is you have access to lots of tools.)

(Please ignore all the clutter on my desk – I always have about 10 products lying around at once!)

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And, the finished pumpkins:

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Of course, these lovely knives are also perfect for wood whittling and carving and being carbon steel and Sheffield made they are guaranteed to last.  Our set of three gives you a straight, a curved and a skewed blade – great for all sorts of detail. We also sell them individually.

What we used:

Chip Carving Knives, Free pumpkin patterns, mixing bowls, brass wire, wood cabinet goose neck scraper.

Please be careful, these knives are very sharp and are definitely not suitable for children to use.

 

Thanks for stopping by. Happy carving.

Isobel