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June 18th, 2007, 08:19 AM
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I am tapping my anywhere hole punch with a hammer - and pounding it, but it is not cutting a hole. What am I doing wrong???
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June 18th, 2007, 08:46 AM
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I'm not sure which hole punch you are trying. I have a kit from Making Memories that has a hole punch that you can twist the tip off and put different sizes on, then hammer the top of it. Just recently the one I size I used the most is not cutting all the way through the paper. I figure it must be dull. I was going to try a trick I saw on Martha Stewart on sharpening hole punches, she said if you fold aluminum foil several times over and then punch through the foil a couple of times that it would sharpen the punch. So I was going to try to hammer through the foil to see if that helps.
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June 18th, 2007, 08:55 AM
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I'm not sure which hole punch you are trying. I have a kit from Making Memories that has a hole punch that you can twist the tip off and put different sizes on, then hammer the top of it. Just recently the one I size I used the most is not cutting all the way through the paper. I figure it must be dull. I was going to try a trick I saw on Martha Stewart on sharpening hole punches, she said if you fold aluminum foil several times over and then punch through the foil a couple of times that it would sharpen the punch. So I was going to try to hammer through the foil to see if that helps.[/b]
I have the same one. I will try it and let you know if it works. Odd, though, that it would be dull when I just bought it.
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June 18th, 2007, 08:59 AM
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You've really got to whack mine likes there's no tomorrow. And even then sometimes it doesn't go all the way through. So I turn it over and try from the other side. It is espeically harder if it is thicker cardstock. Or a couple of layers of paper.
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June 18th, 2007, 11:00 AM
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Using the tin foil seemed to help, but I also did what you said and turned the paper over and did it again. Then I used an exact-o knife to finish the job. But now I can set eyelets
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June 18th, 2007, 02:29 PM
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I have a differant kind but it does the same thing...I got to hit it so hard....and it still doesn't go all the way through so I never hardly use it...cause it ANNOYS me!!
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Is your table solid enough? I was working on a plastic folding craft table once and couldn't get my punces to work until I put it on our kitchen table (with a mat under it of course!) and it worked perfectly.
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June 24th, 2007, 05:29 PM
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Is your table solid enough? I was working on a plastic folding craft table once and couldn't get my punces to work until I put it on our kitchen table (with a mat under it of course!) and it worked perfectly.[/b]
Good question! I don't actually have a table. I usually just sit on the floor in front of the TV on top of a rug. I will try it on the coffee table. Thanks
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