How To Use The New Metal Punches

This beaded metal blank only took minutes to craft using my new metal punch pliers from John Bead.

Earlier this week I introduced you to the four new punches.

Each plier comes with an extra set of tips.  In my mind, it is these tips that make these punches so effective.  The angle on the cutting tip goes through metal as though it was paper.

All you do is hold the plier horizontally and with your hand pressure you will punch through the metal.

I have a metal punch from a competitor and I always had to apply a lot more pressure to make my hole.  It often bent my metal blank.  With these new pliers I had to remind myself NOT to apply as much force….the holes were made so easily.

Here are three metal blanks (24 ga) each sporting 5 holes: square, circular and oval.  I would not have even attempted this in the past since making holes is not my favorite chore. Now I won’t hesitate to make wired charms!

You may be wondering how I got some extra designs onto my metal blanks.   As an extra step, I also decided to experiment with a DecoEtch die available in retail stores on the market.

I applied a little black gilders paste to my etched designs so they would be more visible.

Metal Punch Pin!

Yesterday’s blog post introduced you to the new hand held metal punches in the Metal Complex family of tools.  This little pin shows you how easy it is to add square, oval and circle punches to a metal blank.

My studio is filled with the Metal Complex product line.  For this small project I used Brass Oval Blanks (24 ga), bench block, hammer for letter punches, the three new plier hole punches (square, oval and circle) and some findings.

The metal alphabet I used I discovered the last time I shopped in the warehouse.  It is a new one: Storybook 3mm Uppercase.  I marked my metal blank and then stamped the letters with my hammer.

I applied pinotage gilders paste to my blanks to make the lettering pop.

Isn’t this alphabet gorgeous?  I wanted you to see how great the lettering is!  And look at the square punch!

My final steps were to add the rhinestone beads to my finished blanks.  I attached them with jump rings  to my gold 3 loop kilt pin.

Metal Punches – Square, Oval and Circles!

The Metal Complex Tool Section has just expanded!  Let me introduce you to the new metal punches(one of four not shown) They are made of carbon steel and the ergonomically designed handle is crafted for durability and comfort.

There is a square punch – it makes these cool 1.5 mm shaped punches.

There is a 1.7 oval!  Isn’t this shape fantastic?

Finally, there are two circle punches 1.25 and 1.8 mm.

These tools easily punch through copper, silver and brass 24 gauge metal.  Each Metal Complex Punch Pro comes with and extra pin set, so it you do a lot of punching and wear out your shaped tips, you can replace them.  You can even buy the extra tips individually packed.  My samples were made using Metal Complex copper blanksHave you seen the dozens of shapes and sizes in the metal blank section?  The choices are endless.

To make my samples, I simply held my pliers horizontally and applied pressure to punch my hole.  It was very easy.  The back of the blank was virtually clean, but I will take a little sander to the back to make sure their are no metal burs.

Now that I have tested the punches I plan to make a sample using the punches and metal stamp alphabets!  Stay tuned!