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The Dremel brand is synonymous with precision. This month, just in time for do-it-yourself Valentine’s Day gifts, we give you advice on precise sanding and show you how to create your own delicate jewelry using Dremel tools. Don’t forget to participate in our second annual eNewsletter survey for a chance to win a new tool kit!
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Jewelry Maker Finds Dremel Tools Indispensable
Since her days as a high school student, Lori Bergmann of Maple Valley, Wash., has always had a hard time finding jewelry she likes. That is, until she started making it herself.
Bergmann has been exposed to several different mediums and artistic techniques throughout the years when making jewelry like charms, bracelets and necklaces. You name it and she has probably tried it. But, she enjoys working most with clay (both polymer and Precious Metal Clay (PMC) varieties), epoxy resin, wire and lampwork glass, which make Dremel tools the perfect companions.
“I really like using my Dremel 300 Series rotary tool because it is so ergonomic, and the variety of bits usually fit whatever I need,” Bergmann said. “The Dremel Work Station is great too because it allows me to sand and polish using both hands by securing the object that I’m working on.”
Bergmann’s tastes are very eclectic, ranging from simply elegant to highly detailed or organic designs. She uses Dremel tools for a variety of tasks such as polishing and engraving on fired PMC; drilling through a wide variety of materials such as shells, dominoes and sand wood; and cleaning out the bead release from glass beads after they've cooled in the kiln.
“The speed and power of my Dremel rotary tool really cuts the repetitive work time down,” said Bergmann. “It allows me to spend the bulk of my time creating the actual design, which is what I enjoy the most.”
For more information on Bergmann’s artistic adventures, visit her blog at www.loribergmann.blogspot.com.
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As a thank-you, we’ll enter the names of all respondents into a drawing for a new tool set of their choice. Five winners, chosen at random, will have their pick of either a Dremel Multi-Max Oscillating Tool System or Dremel 300 Series Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit and Dremel Flex Shaft Attachment.
Expert Advice – Sanding|
Discover the variety of ways you can sand
with your Dremel Product
Sanding with Dremel Rotary ToolsSanding bands (407, 408, 432, 445, 430, 431, 438, 446)
Sanding bands are one of the most aggressive sanding methods Dremel offers. Common uses for sanding bands include smoothing and shaping wood or removing paint. Dremel offers two sanding band diameters: 1/4- and 1/2-inch, which are available in 60, 120 and 240 grit.
Sanding discs (411, 412, 413)
Sanding discs offer a finer grit than sanding bands, and because they mount on a 402 mandrel, they provide a flexible surface that allows sanding in contoured and hard-to-reach areas. Sanding discs work well on wood and fiberglass.
Carbide sanding band (475)
The carbide sanding band is a versatile accessory that can be used for sanding and shaping flat, beveled or curved surfaces as well as inside surfaces that are difficult to reach any other way. It is a great option for extended, long-term use because of its durable carbide grit surface. It is 1/2-inch in diameter and comes on a drum mandrel. Use on a variety of materials including wood, fiberglass, laminates, plastic, leather and Styrofoam. Suggested uses include shaping a recessed area in baseboard trim for electronics wires, sanding door and window frames that stick, striping paint or for hobbies such as woodcarving or modeling.
Flapwheels (502, 503, 504, 505)
Flapwheels work on flat and contoured surfaces. Once you’ve removed the roughest area of your sanding project (such as a picture frame or chair) with a sanding disc or band, take another pass with a flapwheel to smooth the surface before refinishing. Flapwheels also work well for removing paint from old windows and rust from garden tools. Their size rating is based on the size of the flap surface. Dremel offers 3/16- and 3/8-inch flapwheels in 80 and 120 grit. As the accessory erodes, new grit is constantly being revealed.
Finishing abrasive buffs (EZ511, EZ512)
Finishing abrasive buffs are ideal for light sanding and finishing. The forgiving nature of these accessories works well on lightweight materials such as plastic and the contoured wood rungs of a chair. If you have only have light sanding to do, start with these. EZ511 includes 180 and 280 grit buffs. EZ512 is a 320 grit buff.
Carbide shaping wheel (801)
The carbide shaping wheel is a powerful shaping tool (not to be used for cutting) that quickly and efficiently removes material. It easily creates compound curves and works on a variety of materials including wood, fiberglass, laminates, plastic, leather and Styrofoam. Its unique perforated surface allows for cool running and clears particles away as it works. Suggested uses include furniture restoration, fitting cabinet shelving and baseboards, shaping fiberglass and for hobby and art projects including woodcarving, building doll houses or ships and making ornaments.
Sanding with the Dremel Multi-MaxDremel offers a variety of sand papers that affix to the MM11 Hook and Loop Pad accessory. For best results, work with the complete surface of the sanding pad, not only the tip. Corners may be finished using the tip or edge of the sanding pad, which should be rotated during use to distribute the wear on the accessory. Start with the lowest grit number, which provides the most aggressive removal, and work your way up.
Wood sandpaper (MM70W - 60, 120, 240 grit)
Wood sandpaper is the most aggressive on a bare surface, including hardwood, softwood, chipboard, rusted metal, fiberglass and plastics. 60 grit is ideal for rough wood or metal sanding and rust or old finish removal; 120 grit should be used for general wood or metal sanding; 240 grit works for final finishing of wood, metal, plaster and other surfaces.
Paint sandpaper (MM70P - 80, 120, 240 grit)
Paint sandpaper is ideal for removing paint or varnish on an unfinished surface. It contains an anti-clog agent that prevents paint and varnish from lodging between the grit granules and clogging the paper, which further extends its life. 80 grit is especially suited for sanding off paint; 120 grit is great for sanding primer and removing brush strokes and paint runs and drops; 240 grit should be used for final sanding of primers before coating.
Diamond sandpaper (MM900 – 60 grit)
Diamond sandpaper is designed for removal of a brittle surface, such as thin set, plaster or cement. Preparing a surface for tile replacement is a common application for this accessory. It works to remove material quickly and, with proper use, will provide a more level surface than if the material was chiseled out.
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.
Congratulations to the five winners of last month’s eNewsletter giveaway, who will each receive an EZ688-01 EZ Lock Cutting Kit. The winners, chosen at random, were: Edward Dugan, Philadelphia, PA; L.J. Sauter, Jr., Arlington, VA; Cindy Snavely, Salina, KS; Dennis Shank, Indiana, PA; and Juergen Wittig, Orlando, FL.
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.