When I got my new copy of The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making, 2nd Edition: More than 700 Large Format Color Photos, I spotted the page featuring the hole drilling tool and thought it looked like a really cool thing to try. Well, as luck would have it, I was in a discount store and spotted one... that I, of course, immediately got!
I was with a friend, and she said she used hers to drill holes in pennies. So naturally, I thought that would be the first thing I would try with the new tool. This is the stretch lace bracelet I made with my "2 cents" charms.
I followed the step-by-step directions in the book for making holes in soft metal:
Using a Hole Punch Tool
1. To use a hole punch tool, first determine where you want the hole in your metal to be located and mark it with an X.
2 Position the X inside the hole punch (on either end of the tool depending on whether the hole should be 1.5 or 2 mm).
3 Turn the hole punch handle until it pierces a hole through the sheet.
So now, I had 2 cents with holes in them. You can see where this is going, right?
I have been playing around with a bunch of stretch lace ribbon that I scored a swap meet.
To make the bracelet, I cut a length of the stretch lace and slipped one end through a large hole Prima Bead.
I wrapped the beaded end around the loose end and pulled it back through the large hole bead.
Then, I linked my 2 cents to each end of the lace with a jump ring and a charm. The best part is, it is still totally adjustable.
More about the new CPi book in the Complete Photo Guide series:
by Tammy Powley
This is a comprehensive reference book on all aspects of jewelry making. This book provides a reference for all methods, including:
- Bead stringing,
- Wire work,
- Metal fabrication,
- Metal clay,
- Polymer clay,
Includes step-by-step instructions for all the basics and 45 projects.
- 15 new projects
- Expanded techniques
- All new gallery of jewelry by various designers
Tammy Powley is a writer, designer, and teacher. She is the author of several jewelry books, including The CompletePhoto Guide to Jewelry Making; Picture Yourself Creating Metal Clay Jewelry; Jewelry and Beading Designs for Dummies; Making Mixed Media and Memory Jewelry; Making Designer Seed Bead, Stone, and Crystal Jewelry; and Making Designer Bead and Wire Jewelry. Besides print publications, Tammy writes her own weblog about crafting (Crafty Princess Diaries) at http://www.tammypowley.com.
Tammy has studied a large variety of jewelry techniques, from beading to metalsmithing, and has worked extensively with glass, fibers, and paper art. After spending eight years on the art show circuit, she eventually turned to writing about art, though she continues to sell her work through special commissions.