How to Draw Scissors

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Scissors or shears are used for cutting hair, thread, fabric, paper, or even food items. Specialized shears may be used for cutting metal, pruning plants, or in surgery. This type of cutlery was first invented thousands of years ago during the Bronze Age, but scissors were not readily available to everyone until the 1700s.

Scissors are one of the first tools that children learn to use. Young children are given "safety scissors" that are made from plastic or have dull metal blades. These scissors will cut paper but nothing else.

Scissors are often used as symbols of beauty salons and barber shops, as well as arts and crafts or scrapbooking stores. Scissors may also be associated with sewing, as in "The Work Song" from Disney's Cinderella.

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"Don't run with scissors" is a common maxim. It has been spoofed in other media, such as in an episode of the cartoon Dexter's Laboratory in which Didi ran gleefully around the lab holding a pair of scissors out in front of her. Her brother then constructed her an armored suit so she could do this safely. The title character in the film Edward Scissorhands had multiple pairs of scissors instead of normal human hands. Giant scissors are often used in depictions of ribbon-cutting ceremonies at grand opening events.

Would you like to draw cartoon scissors? This easy, step-by-step cartoon object drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Scissors

How to Draw Scissors: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a diagonal straight line. This will form one of the scissor's two blades.

How to Draw Scissors: Step 2

2. Draw another straight line crossing the first. This forms the edge of the second blade.

How to Draw Scissors: Step 3

3. From the upper tip of the first line draw a long curved line to outline the back of the blade. Extend it until it almost meets the opposite end of the line. Erase the other line from between these lines, so that one blade appears to pass in front of the other.

How to Draw Scissors: Step 4

4. Draw a long curved line from the tip of the second straight line until it nearly meets the opposite end, forming the second blade. Notice how the line is broken so that this blade appears to be behind the first.

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How to Draw Scissors: Step 5

5. Connect the lines of the second blade using a short line. Then, extend two curved lines from each end of this line. This forms the scissor's ride or the base of the handle.

How to Draw Scissors: Step 6

6. Connect the lines of the remaining blade using a short line. Then, extend curved lines from each side of this line.

How to Draw Scissors: Step 7

7. Draw a large teardrop shape beneath one pair of lines. This outlines the finger ring, forming one side of the scissor's handles.

How to Draw Scissors: Step 8

8. Enclose a large teardrop shape to outline the remaining finger-ring.

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How to Draw Scissors: Step 9

9. Draw an oval inside each section of the handle. Shade a small oval where the blades cross, indicating the tension screw that holds the scissors together.

How to Draw Scissors: Step 10

Color your scissors. The blades are most often gray or silver in color, and the handles can be of any color.

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