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Tips & Techniques

Get tips and techniques to become a better beader at Lima Beads.


Using a Helicopter Punch

About this Tip:

Helicopter punches look so fun--and they're really easy to use, too. Try this technique out for size and you'll be punching in no time.


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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Decide what hole size you want to punch.
Step 2:
Twist down the side you want to use, leaving enough room to insert your blank.
Step 3:
Insert blank
Step 4:
Twist punch down slowly making sure you keep the punch lined up with where you want the hole to go.
Step 5:
Twist punch through blank.
Step 6:
Reverse the punch. Don’t wiggle the blank off punch.
Step 7:
Spin the punch up until the blank falls off.
Step 8:
Now you have a finished hole in your blank.

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  1. lilcrow
    lilcrow says:

    Having seen how easy that was, I’m gonna buy one! I’ve been killing my hands using a pin vise.

  2. Angel Chick
    Angel Chick says:

    I’m buying one today! I’ve been wanting one for ages and I finally getting it…. Yeah me!!!

  3. SpiralGalaxyx7
    SpiralGalaxyx7 says:

    What size holes do the two punches make?

  4. J Bracey
    J Bracey says:

    Would this punch through a Penny?

  5. J Bracey
    J Bracey says:

    Do you answer questions posted here?

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    katadams046 says:

    Very easy to use. Saves my hands. Don’t know how I got along without it for so long

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    S Strain says:

    I’m using alcohol inks on your blanks and having a great time, experimenting.

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