I received this item yesterday. They are too cute for words. Colors are beautiful. I took off 1 star for this reason. For me they are very hard to squeeze. I was messing around with them for about 5 minutes and my hand hurt. I am not sure I would try to use them for something I would fry up because I think I could very well drop it and have hot oil splash back me. I think they would be good for stir frying something that you are not using allot of oil. I could also see them being used to grab something hot out of a microwave as long as it wasn't too heavy. I think maybe there is a bit of a learning curve here because they are small. The picture is quite accurate. They do not close up so if you have small kitchen drawers you need to think about finding a different way to store them. There might be a way of attaching a magnet to the silver part and have them close that way. If you have allot of counter space to work with; these would be adorable sitting in a glass jar or around the rim. Now people that have allot of strength might not find them that hard to use. I am also a crafter so if I find that it's hurting my hand to use them I will figure out a way to craft with them:) Even though I bought them for another reason I would never consider sending them back. They are just too cute.