When we visited the home and studio of Lauren Vlcek, a talented doll and mixed-media artist, we came across this "cool tool." Lauren found it at a local hardware store.

It's a telescoping magnet light.

In an effort to avoid unnecessary trips to the vet with Charlie, her Boston Terrier, Lauren is always on the lookout for runaway pins. This telescoping magnet allows her to sweep across the floor while listening for the familiar clink that signals that a pin has been "caught." The light helps in darker areas, such as under her sewing area or worktable.

Star Members can watch Lauren in Show 1206: The Magical World of Mixed Media.