The mystery of using a tin snips
Just a little backround info before I ask my question :
I've been doing stained glass for years . Not your boring old flat,foiled glass ... I loved the metal part of it . I began making original 3-D art. Even solder sculpture
( untill solder became so expensive ) After mastering soldering , I wanted to learn how to do simple welding. I did ! The funniest thing is , I'm a 56 year old gray haired mom , but hey - old dogs can learn new tricks ! LOL I'm really loving it , but I don't have the arm strength to make the stuff I'd like to. NOW ..... I'm interested in using 20 gauge metal sheets ( brass,copper,aluminum) to make stuff.
I have this big old Tin snips from my grandpa - they're huge and could probably cut a car in half ...LOL ( just kidding ) I looked up info on the newest snips - wow -- one cuts to the left - one cuts to the right . I went to Lowe's and bought a WISS that's supposed to cut in any direction . After all this gabbing - my question is - am I supposed to hold the shears differently for cutting curves ? I'm right handed - and seems one side of the flat metal always gets bent & crumpled. What am I doing wrong ?
One more Question ...... I have an excellent new scroll saw . So far - I've only used it to cut wood. Is there a blade to cut 20 gauge metal ? Would that be better than the snips ? ( I love doing some intricate things with tight curves )
Well -- I'm so sorry ...I didn't mean to talk your ears off .... I knew the experts hang out here ! Thank you all so much for your help .