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Old 10-19-2011, 07:29
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Default Looking for 3mm-ish hole punch for ribbon

Does this exist? Looking for a tool that will punch a neat hole (app. 3mm) through ribbon (especially grograin, but also satin).

Any ideas? Pleeeease?
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Maybe an attachment for a wood burner? You would definitely have to heat seal or they will fray....
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Maybe an attachment for a wood burner? You would definitely have to heat seal or they will fray....
Wood burner... interesting...

I'm not too concerned about fraying because the hole is for a snap. Setting the snap distorts the ribbon, and poking a hole through it with an awl doesn't really help -- I think the threads must actually be cut, not just pushed away. Grograin distorts pretty badly, probably doe to the nature of the weave.

Is there such a thing as a punch that cuts cleanly through fabric?
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Haven't heard of one, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
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Default Re: Looking for 3mm-ish hole punch for ribbon

I wonder if something like a crop-a-dile (scrap booking tool)would work...I'll pull mine out later to see if it makes a clean cut... Isn't there a snap-setting tool that might help? (sorry, don't know anything about snaps)
Although, just putting the tip of the wood burner on the ribbon will make a hole, not a pretty one, but might work for what you ae thing to do
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Default Re: Looking for 3mm-ish hole punch for ribbon

hmmm, i never thought about this....I wonder if one does exist.
It would have to be really sharp and have a way to be sharpen...
good question...
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Default Re: Looking for 3mm-ish hole punch for ribbon

Wow... great ideas! Snaps are supposed to be self-setting (no hole required), but grograin seems to be a problem. Did some experimenting and here are the results:
1. #00 grommet hole cutter (smallest available; meant for fabric) - too big (4.5mm).

2. Crop-A-Dile 1/8" punch - bad cut (although I have abused it and it's probably dull).

3. Woodburner - SUCCESS! THANKS, arcmis!
This is the style snap I'm using...

It doesn't play well with grograin, apparently.
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Yup wood burner is the thing you need.

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Wow... great ideas! Snaps are supposed to be self-setting (no hole required), but grograin seems to be a problem. Did some experimenting and here are the results:
1. #00 grommet hole cutter (smallest available; meant for fabric) - too big (4.5mm).

2. Crop-A-Dile 1/8" punch - bad cut (although I have abused it and it's probably dull).

3. Woodburner - SUCCESS! THANKS, arcmis!
This is the style snap I'm using...

It doesn't play well with grograin, apparently.
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WOW!
Woodburner, huh?
Thats good to know, thanks for experimenting for us, LOL!
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WOW!
Woodburner, huh?
Yup... woodburner. I used a tiny little pointy tip and let the woodburner just sit in its holder. Held the ribbon up against the point - soooo easy!

arcmis is a genius!
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