Have you ever whammered your finger with a hammer while trying to hold a nail in place? I recently did and discovered all new curses and obscenities that I had never even thought of before.
Here's a tip I realized to keep that from happening again.
Step 1: Supplies
sculpey, poster putty or other clay like substance
Step 2: Soften the Sculpey
when you get a new box of sculpey, or when it's been sitting around a while, it helps to soften it up by banging it with a hammer a little
Step 3: Use the Sculpey to Hold the Nail in Place Before You Start Hammering
pinch the sculpey into a little mound on the surface you are about to nail and then stick the nail or screw into the sculpey, then pinch it tight around the nail and get it positioned straight
Step 4: Hammer the Nail in Halfway
now wham the nail in a little bit until it is about halfway in, then remove the sculpey
Step 5: Wham It in the Rest of the Way
now hammer the nail the rest of the way into place without getting your fingers involved. no more whammered fingers!
Step 6: Clean Up
if there is a little bit of clay stuck to the nail, you can use a little pinch of sculpey to pick it up with