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How to Use a Hole Punch

Tips and Tricks for Different Gauges and More
designed byArtbeads
Skill LevelBeginner
TechniqueCold Connections & Metal-Working
Time1-3 hours

Learn how to properly use hole punching pliers to punch through metal.

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  • Supplies

A hole punch, or hole punching pliers, is an essential tool when working with metal in jewelry designs. It creates a perfectly uniform hole every time and is ideal if you work with rivets, screws or other cold connection techniques. The hole punch you want to use depends on the thickness, or gauge, of the metal that you are using. The higher the gauge number, the thinner the metal.

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Add all available items to your cart at once or edit the quantities below. Nice choice! All or most of the products needed for this project are shown below with quantities. Sometimes we sell out of components and aren’t able to order more from the manufacturer (we know, it is very disappointing to us, too). Use the opportunity to mix up the design and make it yours by substituting similar products or altering the entire color scheme—it’s up to you!
Metal Complex 1.8mm Round Hole Punch Pliers with 1 Extra Pin Set
Code TOOL-0040
Brand Metal Complex Features Ergonomic
1 $11.97
The BeadSmith Extended Jaw 1.5mm Metal Hole Punch for 1.3mm Rivets
Code TOOL-0045
Brand BeadSmith
1 $13.99
Metal Complex 1.5 and 2mm Hole Punch
Code TOOL-0012
Brand Metal Complex
1 $12.99
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Metal Complex 1.25mm Round Hole Punch Pliers with 1 Extra Pin Set
Code TOOL-0041
Brand Metal Complex Features Ergonomic
1 $11.97
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