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    Has anyone ever tried using the Oval eye punches to create eyes in small characters? When reading about the uses it says Oval is usually used for animals and Round for people.

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    I have a few. but all eyes are round with different layers of skin and hair on top. The punches I used in the beginning but today I use Dremel diamond concave bits which do not break the wood as easily as a punch they come in sets of six different sizes..these get used alot . I also have come in a whole source of diamond hole saws for projects

    Here is a video on making your own with all those stones that come with a Dremel...I made my own like him using a round diamond bit. The concave diamond bits are the best to use and cheap for a set, seven to ten bucks. Here is a video if you want to go cheap with the stones...
    Last edited by DiLeon; 02-12-2022, 01:02 PM.
    . Explore! Dream! Discover!” aloha Di

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    • #3
      Very interesting !! Video. Thanks DI, for that one. I have made mine out of nails and ground out the center with the Diamond bits of different sizes of nails and put handles on them. And Magicman Thanks for bringing that up too.

      Chuck
      Chuck
      Always hoping for a nice slice that won't need sanding!

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      • #4
        I have two sets of punches, one oval & one droopy. Fo the most part they just sit there, been used very little, but maybe I should tire to keep them in mind. But like Di says they will crush the wood more times than not. I use some cup burrs to cut the circle that I get from MDI Woodcarvers Supply But maybe after I get the circle cut use the punch to get the outline of the eye-opening to be cut in with a 1/32" dental bit~ Hummmm
        . . .JoeB

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        • #5
          Originally posted by joepaulbutler View Post
          I have two sets of punches, one oval & one droopy. Fo the most part they just sit there, been used very little, but maybe I should tire to keep them in mind. But like Di says they will crush the wood more times than not. I use some cup burrs to cut the circle that I get from MDI Woodcarvers Supply But maybe after I get the circle cut use the punch to get the outline of the eye-opening to be cut in with a 1/32" dental bit~ Hummmm
          Yeah the ones I made are sharp, after I ground out the centers, I fine ground and sharpened them to cut, and with the handles I can apply just the right amount of Eye hole? Well so far so good and after watching that vid it did open my thoughts on doing eyes.
          Chuck
          Chuck
          Always hoping for a nice slice that won't need sanding!

          https://woodensmallthings.blogspot.com/2021/01/

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          • #6
            ​ Another thing to think about. These diamond burrs are better than ones you make...they come in all sizes around seven dollars for the whole set. One good thing is that edge if you tip the edge you can slide it under an eyelid and make your eyeballs like that. It takes practice but out of all the techniques above this is my number one eyeball maker.

            Here is another video diamond burrs vs....carbide burrs. I agree with this guy one hundred percent.
            . Explore! Dream! Discover!” aloha Di

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            • #7
              Where do you buy them
              . . .JoeB

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              • #8
                I myself have never tried them, but I have watched Tom Wolfe use them and he got amazing results usingthem.
                Mark N. Akers
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                • #9
                  I also have set of eye punches that I have hardly used. It was hard to judge the pressure to use depending on the density of the wood. Depth could end up deeper on one side than the other. I made my own using brass tubing and a dowel. Eye sharpened the inside of that tube to give it a cutting edge. I could press and twist the depth I wanted to start the eye. Just a way that works for me. There are many others. There are a number of good videos on carving an eye also.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by joepaulbutler View Post
                    Where do you buy them
                    Joe are talking about the eye punches or something other?


                    . Explore! Dream! Discover!” aloha Di

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                    • #11
                      Both DI, I have punches & cup burs
                      . . .JoeB

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Randy View Post
                        I also have set of eye punches that I have hardly used. It was hard to judge the purser to use depending on the density of the wood. Depth could end up deeper on one side than the other. I made my own using brass tubing and a dowel. Eye sharpened the in side of that tube to give it a cutting edge. I could press and twist the depth I wanted to start the eye. Just a way that works for me. There are many others. There are a number of good videos on carving an eye also.
                        Randy, I made eye punches from a brass round tube assortment but, was disappointed with their cutting action. I ended up using a saw file to file some saw-like teeth in them and found that pressing them in a bit and then rotating back and forth made them more controllable.

                        That being said, I would love to know a good source for the diamond cup burs similar to the one demonstrated in the video.

                        Tim

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                        • #13
                          I bought a set of these https://www.woodcraft.com/products/d...-set-120-piece several years ago and use them primarily as Cornelius shows in the video - sanding and getting into hard to reach areas. These are 4 sets of 30 burrs, and the sets are 150, 240, 400, and 600 grit.

                          Claude
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                          • #14
                            Amazon has a large selection diamond burr sets including the one above.
                            https://www.amazon.com/SE-8235DD12-5.../dp/B0012DLA3U
                            We live in the land of the free because of the brave! Semper Fi
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                            • #15
                              I've got a set of those and they get used...never. they are out of balance and the shafts aren't clean, at least speaking of the set I have. I have no idea
                              . . .JoeB

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