By Noreen Doll.
Do you need to sharpen a punch? Any kind of punch can be sharpened this way.
I was punching holes around the edges of a Christmas card to make it into a sewing card for preschoolers.
After punching a few holes, I noticed the punch was not punching cleanly, and it was leaving raggedy looking holes.
You can punch aluminum foil to sharpen punches. I took a piece of aluminum foil 6 or 8 inches wide and folded it up fairly small – so it was several thicknesses.
Then I punched as many holes in it as I could.
When I was finished, my punch cut cleanly again.
And I had a pile of shiny circles to use on a project. Now if I can only figure out a good way to use them!
Punching folded wax paper after punching the aluminum foil is supposed to lubricate the punch edges. However, I found it difficult to punch the wax paper, so you may want to try this for yourself and see how it goes.
Punching soda cans sharpens punches very well, too.
Here I’ve used a soda can to sharpen a snowflake punch.
I didn’t punch it as many times as I did the hole punch, but the can sharpened the punch nicely.
And look at the colorful aluminum snowflake I got while sharpening the punch!
© Noreen Doll