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Happy Mother’s Day to all Dremel® moms! This month, view tips for drilling and creating a handmade necklace, gain inspiration for creating art from odd materials and enter to win a Dremel Stylus™ in our monthly giveaway.
Trash to Treasure: Old Dremel Tools and Recycled Materials Inspire New-Age ArtAaron Ristau and Gina Kamentsky live on opposite sides of the United States (Ristau in Denver, Colo. and Kamentsky in Somerville, Mass.), but they share a surprisingly similar and long-standing passion for Dremel tools: both use them to create art from materials others might deem dispensable.
Ristau uses Dremel tools to create recycled art forms he describes as functional, kinetic light sculptures. He especially enjoys working with parts from disassembled machines to create new art pieces such as combining wires, old metals and screws to produce unique lamps and light fixtures.
Among the community of artists who work with recycled materials, Ristau said most appreciate Dremel tools for their portability and versatility. Work that requires intricate detail and a steady hand can be tended to by a Dremel rotary tool and the multiple accessories that can be attached.
Ristau typically works with a few different Dremel tools, his favorite combination being the 225-01 Flex Shaft Attachment connected to a rotary tool. His favorite rotary tool is the 10.8 Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless, which he often uses with cutting and engraving bits.
“My father loved Dremel tools and they were the first tools I was allowed to use,” said Ristau. The longevity and durability of Dremel tools are two of the reasons Ristau said he relies on Dremel everyday to create his masterpieces.
Like Ristau, Kamentsky received her first Dremel rotary tool from her father at age 14. On the weekends, Kamentsky and her father created games and took apart toys to make new ones using their Dremel rotary tool.
A toy designer for 15 years and creator behind the popular Milton Bradley game, ‘Chicken Limbo,’ Kamentsky left the toy industry in 1999 and went back to the studio to start making recycled creations full-time with her trusty Dremel in-hand. Now, her creations include automata and mechanical structures reminiscent of the complex devices Rube Goldberg designed to perform simple tasks. Kamentsky has used found metal, bells and motors to create many of her wind-up sculptures.
Kamentsky distinguishes the Dremel Variable Speed MultiPro as her favorite rotary tool. “If you could see my MultiPro, it has definitely seen some battles,” Kamentsky joked. Topping her list of favorite accessories are metal cutting wheels and sanding drums. Like Ristau, Kamentsky cherishes Dremel tools for their precision and ability to get into small problem areas that can’t be accessed with a big piece of machinery.
“It’s hard to think of all the times I’ve thought, ‘I can do this with a Dremel,’” said Kamentsky. “Dremel tools speed up my work flow, because I don’t have to get up to use other tools. They take away the frustration of hand work. The tools become part of my flow; they’re indispensable.”
View Ristau’s work at www.aaronristau.com and Kamentsky’s work at www.ginakamentsky.com.
Featured Product – Dremel Stylus
The Dremel Stylus, Dremel’s newest cordless rotary tool, offers a unique option for people who are passionate about hands-on projects. Its innovative contour-grip design, t-shaped handle and Lithium-ion technology make the tool an extension of the users’ hand, aiding users in tackling intricate projects with ease and without interruption. It’s a great option for applications such as finishing, intricate sanding, polishing, cleaning and engraving projects.
The Dremel Stylus offers a variable speed range of 5,000 to 25,000 RPM. It comes with its own docking station for charging and accessory storage; however, its Lithium-ion battery holds a charge for up to two years in storage and holds a charge six times longer than similar nickel-cadmium batteries.
Complete with 25 Dremel accessories, the Dremel Stylus retails for $69.99 at most hardware and home improvement centers nationwide.
Expert Advice – Drilling with Dremel Rotary Tools|
If you’ve ever needed to make a precise hole in a project before, it’s likely you’ve relied on your rotary tool equipped with a drill bit to tackle the job. Simple as drilling may sound, you can improve your results by knowing the correct tactics and best tools and accessories to use for the job.
How Drill Bits Work
Drill bits are specially fluted to lift and carry debris out of the opening that’s being created as they delve into material, resulting in an accurate hole that corresponds with the actual diameter of a drill bit. Using another type of accessory, such as a cutting bit that features a different type of fluting, to fashion the same hole could result in a hole twice the size desired. Cutting accessories can grab the side of a hole being created, making the hole larger than the accessory.
Dremel Drill Bits
Dremel’s basic drill bits are made of high speed steel and will work only in soft metals, woods and plastics. Do not use drill bits in glass. Making a hole in glass requires either slowly grinding through the surface or using a different kind of drill and drill bit. Dremel also offers a set of brad point drill bits recommended exclusively for use on wood. They are coated in titanium to make a cleaner hole and give the bit longer life. Points on the tips of these bits keep the bit self-centered with little extra support, making them a great option for drilling in an upright surface such as when installing drapery hardware on window trim.
Dremel’s steel drill bits are available in diameters ranging from 1/32-inch to 1/8-inch; brad point drill bits are available in diameters ranging from 5/32-inch to 1/4-inch.
Never use lubricants with drill bits or other accessories, as the rapid spinning of the tool can force lubricants up the shaft of the tool and into the motor.
If possible, use a punch to make an impression where a hole will be drilled, and the drill bit will more naturally grab that impression when it meets the material.
Dremel Drilling Accessories
Stabilizing both the project you’re working on and tools you’re working with is a safer and more successful drilling tactic than relying on a steady hand. The Dremel WorkStation™ is an invaluable tool for drilling. If you’re making something with multiple holes, such as a cribbage board, the Dremel WorkStation will facilitate speed and consistency. Always mount the Dremel WorkStation to a work bench or clamp it to your work surface so it doesn’t shift while in use.
Always clamp or secure your work. For materials with parallel edges, try the Dremel Multi-Vise™ or use soft-mouthed pliers if you’re drilling something with irregular edges.
Put your new-found drilling knowledge to use by making a homemade Mother’s Day gift – a polymer necklace. You’ll need a Dremel rotary tool, Dremel Multi-Vise or other clamp, Grinding Stone #953, Engraving Cutter #105, Drill Bit #661, Collet #481, polymer disc, paint, necklace clasp and ribbon or sturdy string.
Use the Dremel Multi-Vise to secure the polymer disc as you shape the edges with a rotary tool and carve a design into the surface. Drill a hole for the ribbon or string to turn the disc into a necklace. Paint as desired. View a step-by-step demonstration here.
If you have additional questions, please contact the Dremel Experts via e-mail or 800.437.3635. We can be reached Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST.
Dremel NewsWin a Dremel Stylus
The Dremel brand is giving away five Dremel Stylus cordless rotary tools this month to readers who tell us what they need to, want to, or like to accomplish with a cordless rotary tool. Send us a one-sentence answer along with your name, shipping address (no P.O. boxes) and phone number in the body of the e-mail and “Stylus” in the subject line. We’ll pick five entries at random and announce the winners next month.
Thank you to everyone who completed the Dremel Multi-Max survey, and congratulations to this month’s five tool winners who were picked from our pool of survey respondents. Winners got their pick of either a Dremel Multi-Max Oscillating Tool System or $150 in Multi-Max accessories. The winners were: Dianne Jones, Wilsonville, OR; Marilynn Puskas, Baltimore, MD; R. DiFebo, Nobleton, Ontario, Canada; Frank Augustine, Leominster, MA; and Terry Embry, Salem, IN..
Dremel on YouTube
If you’re a visual learner or hungry for new project ideas, be sure to check out the Dremel brand’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/Dremel410. We’ve posted all of our new project videos, how-to attachment videos and videos from eNewsletter features (76 total and counting!) Subscribe to the channel to receive automatic updates when new videos are added, and vote and comment on
Stay tuned for more Dremel news this year!
Safety reminder: When working with Dremel brand or any other power tool, always wear eye protection and a dust mask, and read and understand the owner’s manual prior to using.