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Pocket Multi-Tool for Women

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This idea came to me after reading a forum discussion here at Instructables regarding whether or not women carry pocket knives or scissors.  I was wondering if perhaps it was because pocket knives and multi-tools tend to look too manly.  They are often  too bulky to carry in one's pocket and not something you'd want in your purse.

When coming up with an idea for a multi-tool that women might want, I came up with the following criteria.

It needed to be:
  • Small -can fit into pocket or purse
  • Discrete, not obtrusive,
  • Looked nice
  • Functional
  • Had an assortment of tools
  • Can be made with my skill level
  • Can be created with the tools that I had available.
Here is what I came up with: a multi-tool disguised as a tube of lipstick.  In this instructable I will show you how I made it.
 
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Step 1: What you will need

Materials:
  • Lipstick
  • Magnetic Bit Holder Set (I picked mine up at a dollar store, it looked something like this)
  • Utility blade
  • Sugru or a thermo plastic like Plastimake
  • Nail
  • Magnifying sheet
  • Plastic wrap
Tools:
  • Ruler and protractor
  • Saw
  • Epoxy glue
  • Hot Glue

Step 2: Clean and dismantle lipstick tube

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The lipstick tube that I used was Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick.  As I am sure you are aware lipstick tubes can vary in size and shape so you may need to try some out to see if it would work. 

Mine came apart quite easily. 
  • I first removed the top lid, then the ring labelled with the Revlon logo. 
  • Then I could pull out the silver tube from the base. 
  • Within the silver tube there was a little platform holding the lipstick that moved up and down as you twisted the base, this needs to be removed along with any residue of the lipstick. 
  • I cut off part of the bottom of the silver tube to (the white plastic bit) to provide some clearance for the tools that will be stored in the base.
  • Wipe clean the inside of the tube to get rid of any lipstick smudges as we are going to put some epoxy glue in there.
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crank_girl1 month ago

I've never really considered tools as having a gender. The lipstick is a handy vessel for a multi-tool but it's not something I would want. Perhaps some women would like it but I can see how it might be perceived as sexist by others. You say tomato... :-)

CathyJo867 months ago
I think this is an amazing idea. I can't believe the people on here attacking sexism and things of that nature. The comment section is for comments on the ible, not to debate over sexism. You should be proud of yourself, this is really fabulous.
ChrysN (author)  CathyJo867 months ago
Thank you for the kind comment!
kirnex1 year ago
I. LOVE. THIS.

I tend to remix my own lip color pallets, so I have a bunch of these lipstick containers left over all the time. I also can never remember where I put my exacto knife or my interchangeable screw driver. This solves it all--it's in my pocket!

Brilliant.
kaol481 year ago
I think this is a clever idea. The main reason I would want it would be so my husband wouldn't end up "acquiring" it, as he has some of my other tools. BTW, he gave me my own power screwdriver for Christmas.
ChrysN (author)  kaol481 year ago
That is the great thing about it, guys probably wouldn't want to carry around lipstick even if it is a tool.
shazni1 year ago
Forget all the negative comments! i like it! you have my vote!
ChrysN (author)  shazni1 year ago
Thanks!
I wonder if there would have been so much discussion if this were just called 'Make Your Own Multi-Tool'. You call it a 'multi-tool disguised as a tube of lipstick' but it could just as easily be a multi-tool encased in a lipstick tube...which could be decorated with sparkly unicorns or spray painted matte black - depending on one's taste.
Regardless of gender, making your own multi-tool is a great idea, and a lipstick tube is a great choice for a casing (lightweight, inexpensive and comes with a cover). Awesome project!
ChrysN (author)  annahowardshaw1 year ago
Thanks! 'Make Your Own Multi-Tool" probably would have been a less controversial name.
reinzig1 year ago
Clever, but at the same time, I can't get past the idea that women might not carry tools because they "look too manly." Have we really not made any progress????
MW0GKX reinzig1 year ago
TBH "my woman" doesn't carry tools because she doesn't know how to use them! Not being nasty but she just doesn't.

That said it's a great idea for those women that would like to carry tools in a "lady-like" way.
Sounds like somebody needs to give his girlfriend some lessons. ;)
Have tried, taught her to solder and change a mains plug, even got her through he ham radio ticket (Intermediate) but she is, by her own admission, "not good at this sort of thing".

Get her in the bedroom and it's a different matter!!
finton MW0GKX1 year ago
"...it's a different matter!!" . So she's great at making beds, vacuuming, arranging pillows, and such like, huh MW0GKX?
MW0GKX finton1 year ago
erm, yes, as well!!
Xyver MW0GKX1 year ago
Why does carrying tools in a lady-like way need to be addressed...? My thinking is as such:
-If a girl wants to carry tools, she may be afraid to carry a multitool because she would get judged for being "manly" or "not delicate".
-Then, she makes this instead! Now she has a pretty lipstick tube to carry tools in, and she won't get judged!
-But one day, something comes up and she has to fix something! So, she pulls out her "lady like" multi tool, and fixes it. Yay for carrying tools! But wait! Everyone saw that she was carrying around tools! That's manly and not delicate!

I don't see the difference in carrying this around, vs carrying a regular multi tool around...

That being said, this is a very nice instructable. It's a very creative idea, and you executed it well.
ChrysN (author)  Xyver1 year ago
Oh dear, I didn't realize this would be so controversial, I meant this to be fun. I just wanted a multi-tool to look pretty,  just like you could but tool set in pink or floral prints.
Maybe they're just confused because they can't figure out where the fold-out rolling pin and emergency apron would hide. :D

I kid, of course. I think this is awesome. I'm a huge fans of things like this, as well as hidden compartments to stash useful things.
Xyver ChrysN1 year ago
It is fun! It is a cool project, I just feel the same way as doctressjulia "This is a neat idea, for sure. But, ugh, gender policing sux... :/"

But don't worry about what everyone else things, haters gunna hate! Be proud of your featured Instructable!
Some people spend a lot of energy on being offended that would be more productively used by being creative.
Zellers used to carry a line of pink tools including a tool belt and hard hat. I think it was for Breast Cancer. The tool belt might not go with every outfit though.
MW0GKX ChrysN1 year ago
It is a good idea and I like it. I know several ladies that would like something like this and I will be pointing them this way, good on yer ChrysN.
ChrysN (author)  MW0GKX1 year ago
Thanks!
SECONDED. Oh, noes, what if I look "too manly" with my Leatherman multi-tool on my belt? o_0

This is a neat idea, for sure. But, ugh, gender policing sux... :/
But but but... gender policing policing kinda does, too? As a guy, I like "things that look like other things", including mini toolkits or survival kits. Though I think I'd be a sucker for a Leatherman on a toolbelt, if I ever saw one being worn. : x
Yeah, guys have horrible gender policing. Look at clothes, for instance. Nobody questions it when women cross-dress (technically, them wearing pants is cross-dressing) but if men cross-dress, we're ostracized, and defamed. Not that I'd want to cross-dress myself, mind you. It just seems to be an unfairly applied concept, doesn't it? If men use or like something "girly," the same effect reverberates into their life, ruining any and all chances of their friends respecting them.
I think it's fair to give them a choice to be seen manly or cute.. and if they want to carry around a cute multi tool, I dont think that it's a sign of "the society not making progress"..

and i don't think it's a gender thing, some prefers to look cute (both woman and man), some prefers to look manly.. lets not make a big deal out of it, shall we?

maybe "a multi tool for lady spies" would pass the gender police screening easier.. :)
SECONDED. Oh, noes, what if I look "too manly" with my Leatherman multi-tool on my belt? o_0

This is a neat idea, for sure. But, ugh, gender policing sux... :/
Why did this post twice...? The comments on here are messed up.
The comments are messing up for me, too. It wouldn't send through on my phone, so I had to go on a computer and do it.
I agree with the fact that this gives woman the choice between "manly" and "feminine". I'd carry it for poops and hahas. (That's s***s and giggles in a friendly way...) I have lipstick with a retractable razor blade too. This would be a nice addition to my 'lipstick' collection. That being said, it still comes off as a bit sexist. I like my manly tools.
Very cool! I would love to carry one of these around :) You should enter this into the Holiday Gifts Contest!
ChrysN (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Thanks, I didn't realize that contest is still open.
I love it!

Reminds me of a "Totally Spies" laser (pointer) lipstick I made for my daughter once.

But yours is actually practical!

You got my votes.
ChrysN (author)  masynmachien1 year ago
Thanks!
danzo3211 year ago
Help! This instructable displays with photos over the text. Using an old G4 with Firefox, but this hasn't happened to me before. And I do want to see the whole thing.
ChrysN (author)  danzo3211 year ago
AmyCat591 year ago
I normally carry a Swiss Army Knife with about 20 tools (including six different screwdriver-tips for a hex-holder, pliers, scissors, etc.), a mini-Leatherman, a keychain Swiss Army Knife with five tools, a full-size Leatherman-knock-off, and a keychain Exacto-knife in my purse... and wear lipstick maybe twice a year (if I remember to put some on for family Christmas dinner, etc.). Even the "girly-girls" I know tend to carry at least one pocket-knife with tools (if only one like my keychain S.A.K., which has nail-clippers, tweezers, toothpick, and nail-file along with the knife-blade, so maybe it counts as "personal grooming" rather than "tools"). No woman with an ounce of sense would refrain from carrying something useful like a S.A.K. or Leatherman because it "doesn't look 'feminine'..." After all, if it's in your purse who'd see it unless you need to use it? ...in which case you're like a Girl Scout, being Prepared.
That said, this it cool enough that I'd carry a "lipstick" if it had this inside!
You have such an awesome attitude! Yep, tools like swiss army knives are definitely not just for guys! I should know, being a guy!
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