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Old 10-25-2010, 03:56
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Default Putting holes in bottle caps for necklaces

I have a serious problem. I have *a ton* of bottle caps to sell this weekend, but can't get a nice hole in them to put the jump ring through. I've tried a punch I got from Michael's (it scratched the paint on the cap, plus was *super* hard to punch). Tried a nail and hammer (raggedy sharp edges where the nail went through). Tried a drill (same problem with the sharp edges where the drill bit went through). I ordered the punch Michelle sells in her shop for the bottle caps, but I'm worried it won't be here in time . Any suggestions on what I could be doing wrong or alternate ways to get a nice hole through those dang things??? Thanks!!
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I always use a drill and drill from out to in. Then I take needle nose pliers and chip off the sharp piece. I've never had any issues with sharp edges.
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I always use a drill and drill from out to in. Then I take needle nose pliers and chip off the sharp piece. I've never had any issues with sharp edges.
Thanks for the tip ! I didn't try chipping off the sharp edges - I didn't think they would be that easy to get off.

Has anyone tried the punch from the Hip Girls shop? I have it ordered but am not sure if it will be here in time - not sure if I should start drilling or if it's worth waiting for?? TIA!
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I drill too. I think it's pretty quick and if you're worried about sharp edges, I drill from the front to back and flip the cap and drill through the hole again and that usually cleans up the rough spots.
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Thanks ladies - I think I'll give it another try !
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Has anyone tried the punch from the Hip Girls shop? I have it ordered but am not sure if it will be here in time - not sure if I should start drilling or if it's worth waiting for?? TIA!
I have it and I love it! Its super super easy to punch holes with and no sharp edges!!
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Just wanted to add that my punch tool arrived today from the Hip Girl Store and it is *awesome* . My husband added some soft foam to the top to protect the paint on the caps and it is great . Thanks for your advice ladies .
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I have a dremel that works great!
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i got the tool from the hg shop & i love it... oh i will have to try the foam trick
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Will the HG punch work on flattened caps?
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