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About the Issue
Memorial Day, viewed by many as the unofficial start to summer, is so close we can taste it. Before you run out the door to enjoy the weather, backyard barbeques and upcoming vacations, be sure to check out this issue of the Dremel® eNewsletter for some handy project ideas and a chance to win our newest rotary tool accessory.

Table of Contents 1   Feature Story
Artisans Carve Tagua Figurines with Dremel Tools
  Table of Contents 4   Featured Project
Refinish Kitchen Cabinets
       
Table of Contents 2 What’s New at Dremel
Dremel Glass Drilling Bits
Table of Contents 5 Giveaways/Promotions
Dremel Glass Drilling Bits Giveaway
       
Table of Contents 3  Getting to Know Your Tools
EZ Lock™ Speed Settings
   
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Feature Story
Artisans Carve Tagua Figurines with Dremel Tools

Watch Video The Dremel brand makes more than tools; it helps users of all walks create works of art – of all types. Recently, we were introduced to a tagua figurine carver from Ecuador who uses Dremel rotary tools to carve small figurines that she sells to support her family.

Last year, Leonor Alfonso was part of the Pro Pueblo Fair Trade Sustainable Handicrafts program at the San Diego Zoo. The program provides work to more than 400 disadvantaged families in South America by setting up artisan stands at zoos in the United States. Money earned from sales at the artisan stands goes toward providing work, reducing poverty and preventing deforestation of South America’s rainforests. As part of the program, Alfonso carved figurines at the San Diego Zoo – creating popular art pieces while raising awareness of sustainable products.

Alfonso used a material called tagua for her carvings, which comes from a palm tree in South America. Tagua is also called the “vegetable ivory” because it looks and ages like ivory. Every tagua ornament takes two to three hours to complete and requires precise carving skills, which Alfonso mastered with her handy Dremel rotary tool.

Giraffe Carving Alfonso has been using Dremel tools for more than ten years now. Like many skilled artisans, Alfonso prefers the feel of a Dremel tool in her hands when creating figurines. She also loves their durability.

“Dremel tools are more durable than others. They have more strength and speed to help me do my job,” Alfonso said.

Alfonso is from a small township in the Ecuadorian Chongon Colonche mountain range, bordering the Pacific Ocean. She runs a small workshop in the lower part of her father’s house where she works with her sister and two young assistants to carve between ten and twenty tagua figurines each day. She is currently continuing to carve in her hometown, and said that she feels like a true artisan after her experience at the zoo. She has been invited back to the zoo this summer as part of the exchange program.

To watch a video of how Alfonso makes the figurines, click here. Pictures of Alfonso’s work and more information can be found here.

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What’s New at Dremel
Dremel Glass Drilling Bits

Drilling Glass For the first time, consumers can now find a Dremel rotary tool solution for drilling flat and contoured glass with the addition of new Dremel Glass Drilling Bits to our rotary tool accessory line. The bits, available in June at hardware and home improvement centers nationwide, come in two different sizes for different project needs: The 1/8–inch bit ($19.99 USD) is perfect for drilling holes in jewelry, ornaments and wind chimes, while the 1/4–inch bit ($24.99 USD) works well for decorative projects like glass or bottle displays. The bits can also be used to drill ceramic wall tile for applications such as mounting a towel bar in a kitchen or bathroom, or to drill a glass door to mount cabinet hardware such as a hinge or drawer pull.

Plus, 360 degrees of diamond grit on each bit allow for rasping a larger hole when needed. Each bit comes with Dremel cutting oil, which is an essential partner for increasing the bit’s performance and extending its life. Holes on the sides of each bit allow for easy removal of glass debris from inside the bit using a pin or tack.

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Getting to Know Your Tools
EZ Lock™ Speed Settings

EZ Lock Most Dremel rotary tool users know that the Dremel EZ Lock accessory system makes accessory changes as easy as pull, twist and release. But what you might not know are the best speed settings to use when working with EZ Lock accessories to cut, sand and polish a variety of materials. Use this guide the next time you put your EZ Lock mandrel to use.

Cutting: Sanding:
For all sanding applications, use a slow to moderate speed, and never exceed the maximum recommended speed of 15,000 rpm. Use a light touch to improve the bit’s performance and extend its life. If you’re not getting the result you’re looking for, try a more aggressive accessory. Polishing:
For all polishing applications, use a slow to moderate speed, and never exceed the maximum recommended speed of 15,000 rpm. Use a light touch to improve the bit’s performance and extend its life. If you’re not getting the result you’re looking for, try a more aggressive accessory. Still have questions? Contact the Dremel Experts via e–mail or 800.437.3635 between 7a.m. and 6p.m. CST Monday through Friday.

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Featured Project
Refinish Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinets A modern, updated kitchen tops the wish list of a majority of homeowners. Yet, many people shy away from updating their kitchens because of the cost and legwork involved. However, with just one tool, some paint and a little bit of elbow grease, you can create the effect of a brand new kitchen by refinishing your existing cabinets – one of the most visible components in your kitchen. Tackle each step in 30–minute segments to make the project more manageable.
  • Step one: Detach all of the drawers and store them in a clean, dry place. Inspect the cabinets for any damage, and repair as needed. Then, wash cabinets to remove any dirt or oil (especially over the stove) that has accumulated over time.
  • Step two: In order to make the next step – sanding – as effortless as possible, use the Dremel Multi–Max™ with the MM11 Sanding Pad and MM70W Wood Sandpaper Assortment. While sanding at a medium speed, keep the sanding pad flat to the wood. Always move the pad in the direction of the grain. Finally, paint or stain the cabinets as desired.
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Glass BitsGiveaways/Promotions
Dremel Glass Drilling Bits Giveaway

Tell us – for what project have you been dying to drill glass? A necklace made out of glass beads? A glass bird feeder? Send us your one–sentence idea along with your name, shipping address (no P.O. boxes) and phone number in the body of an e–mail and “Dremel Glass” in the subject line. We’ll pick five responses at random to win a set of Dremel Glass Drilling Bits and announce the winners next month.

Dremel 8200 Winners
Thanks to everyone who shared DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas following the last issue, and congratulations to five lucky winners who received a new Dremel 8200 tool kit for their feedback: Tony Monette, Portland, OR; Jackie Martin, Alvarado, TX; Larry Cole, Gun Barrel City, TX; Dwight Evans, Killarney, MB, Canada; and Teresa Hooban, Panama City, FL.

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