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« on: August 14, 2011 10:21:18 AM »

I recently purchased some brass stampings that I want to use to make bracelets.  The problem is, they have no holes in them to loop wire or other stringing materials through.  So, how do I put holes in them myself?  I know about Dremel tools and such, but I do not own any and am kind of afraid the metal could be too hard.  I saw hole punching kits at the hardware store where you use a hammer and the punch tool.

Basically, I really need to have a bracelet done by the 24th for my Aunt's wedding.  I really don't want to spend tons of money buying a Dremel setup for this project.  So, any suggestions? 

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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2011 10:40:25 AM »

Nail and hammer?
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2011 10:51:56 AM »

I recently purchased some brass stampings that I want to use to make bracelets.  The problem is, they have no holes in them to loop wire or other stringing materials through.  So, how do I put holes in them myself?  I know about Dremel tools and such, but I do not own any and am kind of afraid the metal could be too hard.  I saw hole punching kits at the hardware store where you use a hammer and the punch tool.

Basically, I really need to have a bracelet done by the 24th for my Aunt's wedding.  I really don't want to spend tons of money buying a Dremel setup for this project.  So, any suggestions? 

Here is a pic of the stamped piece.
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If you have a harbor freight near you, you can get a fake dremel for 6.99 (with their coupon/ 19.99 with out/ just google harbor freight coupon)
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2011 11:00:09 AM »

I bet you can use one of these for it.

http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H203084TL

They vary in quality obviously, but I have one I bought at a craft store and I have managed holes in smashed pennies and all sorts of stuff Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2011 12:05:30 PM »

I think a hammer and nail would work just fine. Just make sure you get a nail with the tip that's the same size as the hole you want. Tap gently on the backside of the stamping so you don't make an indent in the raised part. You also might want to file around the hole so it's not sharp. Have fun!
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« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2011 12:03:11 AM »

Wow!   Thanks for the replies, everyone!  I'm going to look into several of the suggestions.  I'll post the bracelet when I get it made!   Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2011 08:10:20 PM »

Well, I tried the nail method.  The nails bent and only left a little dimple in the brass piece.   Undecided  Guess I need to look into a metal punch.   
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« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2011 07:59:54 AM »

I think your best option is a small drill, it'll save you a lot of stress and is a decent investment for future projects. Get something akin to a Dremel/dremel like device, and you won't be sorry about it.
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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2011 08:00:36 PM »

I broke down and bought a Dremel 7300.   Also got the tiny drill bits and extra collets.   I feel lazy tonight, so I'm going to try breaking it in tomorrow!
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« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2011 05:15:47 PM »

Dremels are awesome! You can sand and twist wire...all kinds of things! Oh yes, and drilling  Grin
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