That's right, no scissors necessary! Glove up and get stoney, it's Trim Time!
You want to dry your product for seven to ten days. Keep an eye on leaves around the seven-day mark depending on climate. You want your leaves to be the driest part of the plant with the nug slightly soft. This will give you the best break from the leaf as well as the longest shelf time.
You can see here, I have broken off some of the larger leaves—a simple, brushing motion with the fingers should remove these with ease. If the leaves still have mobility, wait another day and check. The nug itself should still have a squish to it, yet be dry enough to smoke at this point.
As you can see in the video, the action of the fingers is a quick pinch and release. A light scrape of the pointer finger against your thumb will break any material off the plant that is dry enough. Be careful to not dig too far into the nug or damage vital colas and crystals. Move around the nug with your fingers in motion at all times. Half of what some might take the time to trim can come off simply by handling the plant in your hand at this stage, making this my preferred method of trim by far.
If you really miss your scissors, pick them up at the end and bonsai your Mr. Miyagi nugs to perfection. Add some tasty buds and tunes to complete the vibe and I just may come help you out!
Once you get a good pile going or you're done with the finger trim stage, it's time for me to tell you the truth. You do need scissors... But just for this next part!
One of your final stages in the finger trim process is to remove the beautiful looking buds from their branch.
After all the nugs have been trimmed and cut from the branches, you have one more step you can take. It's optional, but by lightly placing all the newly trimmed product on a screen, you can easily start to separate unwanted-sized nugs. The smaller "flake shake" can be used as is, or can be put with finger trim and used to make amazing concentrates. I recommend this to everyone out there trying to get the most usable product out of their yield.