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Step 2: Punch Hole in Penny

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When drilling, don't push hard. You're using a small drill bit and it will break easily (which I sadly found out), a little bit of pressure and some patience and it'll cut through great!

1- Place punch on center top of penny
2- Use hammer to make an indent
3- Drill out indent (I laid the penny on a rag in case it started to spin, I didn't want any scratches)
4- So pretty
OK. Thanks very much-before I look..may I ask, is the punch an attachment that fits into the drill?
StumpChunkman (author)  porcupinemamma5 years ago
The punch is completely separate. You can either hit it with a hammer (very similar to a nail), or get one that uses a spring to in effect hit itself, both ways make a divot. This divot is what you need in order to drill into. If you don't want to buy a punch, you can use nails for the same purpose. Though it's a bit like using a flathead screwdriver on a phillips screw: you can do it, but that's not what the tool was intended for.
could you tell me just a little more about this step please? (I have never used tools before) Lovely idea, very unique. I would have been thrilled to receive one, and would never have thought the gift was cheap
StumpChunkman (author)  porcupinemamma5 years ago
I'm not sure if you're talking about the punch or drill...I think the punch. There's good information at Wikipedia, if you read the Center section. Let me know if you have any other questions.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punch_(metalworking)#Center