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  • #31
    A good hobby store will usually have an excellent selection of brass tubing. I've also found it at a good hardware store and some home improvement stores. I'll get some pics up of a chamfer tool. You can also get oval tubing but I've yet to find it in the size I want. Lately I've been using eye punches that IIRC, I got from the woodcraft shop. They make nice circular indents and come in small sizes. I've also filed away edges of tubing to get "half" pupils. One of the things I like about using tubing to cut pupils is that the cuts serve as stop cuts to keep the paint from running when you paint the pupils.
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    • #32
      I agree Terry, but where I live mail order is the only option I have. I do have some heavy duty circular plug-type cutters but they are for regular lumber. I do have some various size tubing, thanks to Arthur.
      Bill
      Living among knives and fire.

      http://www.texaswoodartist.com

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      • #33
        Here's one of the chamfer tools I use. Hardware store item.
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        • #34
          Thanks Terry and very helpful...
          Bill
          Living among knives and fire.

          http://www.texaswoodartist.com

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          • #35
            Got my order of assortment of tubing from Walmart yesterday. Pretty much trash, too small length-wise to use (longest about 1", smallest about 1/16", I kid you not), most too small in diameter, lots of aluminum. Essentially sweepings packaged up, something very few would buy if they had a chance to inspect beforehand.

            Maybe Bill's assortment will be better.
            Arthur

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            • #36
              Yikes, Arthur, mine isn't here yet but I'll set myself up for a disappointment. At least it wasn't expensive.
              Regardless, thanks for the post.
              Bill
              Living among knives and fire.

              http://www.texaswoodartist.com

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              • #37
                Googled brass tubing, Hobby Lobby has 12 in length about $4 to $5 depending on diameter. All the eye punched I have seen are around $10 or more each. I was watching a Mike Sinnett stick making video He uses a brass rifle shell as an eye punch. 1/4 inch is 6.35 mm if I remember from my reloading days a 308, 7.62 is just a little over and a 223 is 5.70 mm. if you know a hunter they most likly have some brass.
                We live in the land of the free because of the brave! Semper Fi
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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Arthur C. View Post
                  Got my order of assortment of tubing from Walmart yesterday. Pretty much trash, too small length-wise to use (longest about 1", smallest about 1/16", I kid you not), most too small in diameter, lots of aluminum. Essentially sweepings packaged up, something very few would buy if they had a chance to inspect beforehand.

                  Maybe Bill's assortment will be better.
                  I agree mine was the same.
                  . . .JoeB

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                  • #39
                    Well, I got my order of tubing today from Wal Mart and has exactly what I need. Maybe I hit the lottery. I mostly do small caricature carvings and these tubes are perfect in size. A few are 1.5 inches long and a few are 3/8 in diameter. Mostly brass with a very few aluminum ones. FYI

                    Bill
                    Living among knives and fire.

                    http://www.texaswoodartist.com

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by woodburner807 View Post
                      Well, I got my order of tubing today from Wal Mart and has exactly what I need. Maybe I hit the lottery. I mostly do small caricature carvings and these tubes are perfect in size. A few are 1.5 inches long and a few are 3/8 in diameter. Mostly brass with a very few aluminum ones. FYI
                      Bill, you are a lucky guy! Maybe you should buy a lottery ticket while you're hot!
                      Arthur

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                      • #41
                        Just fyi, Chris Pye has a youtube video on making eye punches out of different sized nails and screws. It's under www.woodcarvingworkshop/tv. Sorry, but I don't know how to copy and paste on my tablet . I haven't tried it, but it seems to be pretty easy to do.
                        Thanks, Joan

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by miatawoman View Post
                          Just fyi, Chris Pye has a youtube video on making eye punches out of different sized nails and screws. It's under www.woodcarvingworkshop/tv. Sorry, but I don't know how to copy and paste on my tablet . I haven't tried it, but it seems to be pretty easy to do.
                          HI, hey I'm having troubles finding any of the info you've listed, I would be interested in seeing the video. Could you perhaps be a little more informative, please

                          . . .JoeB

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                          • #43
                            Sorry I wasn't clear., the title is " how to make wood carver's punches" , and it's under woodcarvingworkshop1. Just do a search in youtube. Www.woodcarvingworkshop is not a website ;(
                            Thanks, Joan

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                            • #44
                              Got it, thank you Joan
                              . . .JoeB

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                              • #45
                                now that is a discovery gotta get some of those

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