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Old 2012-02-24, 8:01am
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Default Found a great tool for punching holes!

I stumbled over something kind of wonderful in the clearance bin at a sporting goods store. This gizmo is sold to clear out the paint that blocks the eye in fishing jigs, but it works GREAT for making holes in pendants!

Excuse the nasty mess of a pendant - my torch froze just as I started encasing a jellyfish (note to self, do the big complicated piece FIRST in the session, not last...)



No idea if there are more of them out there, or if they've been discontinued - I bought the only one at the store I found it in - but worth looking around!
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Old 2012-02-24, 8:11am
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cool find! this also looks like a surgical instrument, but at a much better price.
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Old 2012-02-24, 8:23am
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Yes, it's basical a hemostat with smooth, pointy, curved jaws. I was delighted how well it worked - not only did it make a perfect round smooth hole, I was able to hold onto the piece long enough to burn off the 10mm rod that I'd built the jellyfish around! (In all honesty, I hadn't totally thought through how the heck I was going to hold it while I did that, and my cold-sealed punty had long since come off) Probably never find another - but it's a great excuse to haunt bait and tackle stores. (Like I ever need an excuse...)

I did a quick search online, and all I found were jig-eye cleaners that look like fingernail clippers - don't think I'd be all that excited about grabbing hot glass with THAT!
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Old 2012-02-24, 8:35am
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I did a quick google, couldn't find it, so I'm betting it is discontinued.

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Old 2012-02-24, 9:05am
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Those are towel clamps. Should be easier to google with that term.
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Old 2012-02-24, 9:19am
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Old 2012-02-24, 9:32am
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You got a good price for those...I did a very quick search and the cheapest I found them was $14.95...does anyone know where to get them cheaper?
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Old 2012-02-24, 9:36am
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www.amazon.com

search for 'towel clamps'...lots of them listed.
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Old 2012-02-24, 9:38am
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I found a 3 1/2 inch one for $9.83 at this site:
http://www.medexsupply.com/products/...=MED-MDS10220Z

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Old 2012-02-24, 9:44am
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Yes, they are even cheaper at Amazon, thanks...Val

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search for 'towel clamps'...lots of them listed.
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Thanks!! Don't you just love Amazon! I usually check for everything there first, but I've been off my game lately, lol!
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Old 2012-02-24, 10:47am
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you might also check on ebay...probably even cheaper there!
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Old 2012-02-24, 11:00am
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I ordered from Amazon...the price was great $3.45 (I ordered 2)...shipping was $6.31.
Ebay may be cheaper, it's the shipping that adds up.
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Old 2012-02-24, 11:16am
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I bought this one on eBay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Backhaus-Tow...item255ae34183
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Old 2012-02-24, 1:11pm
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Old 2012-02-24, 3:17pm
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WOOT!!
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Old 2012-02-24, 3:19pm
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Looks good. What a great find.

I also found some of my old long-nose/ round-nose pliers that went all rusty years ago, and no longer suitable for jewellery making. I tried cleaning them up in the flame, then bent them similarly.
They're not the best, but as hole-makers, they cost me nothing and do the job adequately, if not all that brilliantly.
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Old 2012-02-25, 2:22pm
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Those are surgical instruments; I have a pile of them from when my sister got the leftover box And yes, they work *great*. If you buy your frit at That Frit Girl she has some haemostats that she includes as a gift, and you can ask if she has any more of these.
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Old 2012-02-25, 7:45pm
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thanks for the ebay link.....much cheaper than amazon!

are these similar to Peter's pliers?

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Old 2012-02-25, 11:31pm
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The ebay sellers are going to wonder why so many people want these all of a sudden

My step dad showed me these, I explained what I wanted to make and he pulled out one of his huge fishing catalogs. They were about 10.00 so you all found a good price.

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Old 2012-02-26, 6:38am
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I have seen these at flea markets for 2-3 bucks. But they were bigger. This is a nice size!
You might also check widget supply.

Edited to add:
Looks like they have them for .79 cents!

http://www.widgetsupply.com/mm5/merc...&Store_Code=WS
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Old 2012-02-26, 6:52am
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OMG! That Widget Supply link is going to cost me money over the coming months, I can tell!!!
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oh I love widget supply! Not sure why they didn't come to mind first for me.

I got one these in the mail today from Amazon and one end is VERY sharp, the other dull..ok that doesn't matter much but just saying it's not like any I've seen in pics.

Also the ends don't meet up, they actually cross over each other like scissors.

I'm going to order another pair and throw this one at my step dad for his jigs.

-edit, wait, the ones in the widget link says they cross over, do they all? I see how it would still work but the other pics seem to show they just touch not overlap.

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I have to stay away from Widget Supply.

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Old 2012-03-01, 7:08pm
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I received mine from the ebay site today. very cool tool. thanks again for posting that link.

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ok so, do they all overlap?

in Pat's photo it looks like they do not, but mine do. Googling images seems some do and some do not?
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If you don' t close them on the tightest notch they match up on mine.

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Love a good tip! Thanks!
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Thanks Rowan, mine do overlap on any notch (which I will grind off anyways), which means it won't work. Googling now I see some towel clamps do, some do not.

Widget says in the description they overlap.

I can't tell on any pics on ebay or amazon overlap, link to where any of you bought yours that do not overlap?

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Mine overlap, they work GREAT for making holes in pendants!
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