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Using a Hand Punch

About this Tip:

Punching holes in metal blanks is a piece of cake with a pair of hole punch pliers. Read on to find out how!


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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Insert a metal blank into your hole punch pliers.
Step 2:
Pinch pliers until you have punched your hole through the blank.
Step 3:
Release pliers and gently wiggle the blank off the punch.

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Measurements: 1.8mm round

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    J Yee smart chick says:

    Wow, thank you for these instructions on how to use a hand punch, love the photos and explanations – by the way, how much is the new Euro hand punch?? ;)

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    trinkets says:

    I’m excited about these new tools & supplies ~ I haven’t used anything like these before so I would like to be able to ask questions and ask for suggestiopns like:’What would you….? & How would you use this?

    Would you use any of the brass gilder’s paste on brass blanks??

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    trinkets says:

    When will these pliers be available for purchase?
    Soon, I hope :)

  4. Mustard Seed Beads
    Mustard Seed Beads says:

    Thank you for the information. I live in a very rural community and this is the only way i am able to learn techniques.
    Much appreciated,

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    K thurber says:

    Would these pliers also work on thin wood sheets?

  6. Ali
    Ali says:

    I haven’t tried the thin wood sheets myself, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work, probably the thinner the better. I think it would be fine on a veneer thin wood sheet, but using these punches on wood might wear them down faster.

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    Coral L says:

    How many gauge of metal can this punch handle?

  8. Kate
    Kate says:

    The EuroTool punch plier can handle up to 18 gauge!

  9. Eglis T
    Eglis T says:

    Can I use it to open holes in Saint medals???

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