Using a Center Finder

By on December 16, 2016
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by Judy Ellis, Wirejewelry.com

Wire Jewelry Tip for December 16th, 2016

Using a Center Finder

by Judy Larson

Another fun and useful tip from our good friend Judy. Enjoy!

Judy Says:

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I love cutting circles to make my own end caps. It can be difficult to get the hole in the exact center. The smaller your circle, the more critical it is to put the hole in the exact center. “Eyeballing” it is not an option. I have used my center finder in my woodworking shop for many years and also find it very helpful in jewelry making.

Here’s how to get the perfect center mark:

  • Slide your disk into the corner of the center finder. Use an ultra fine point Sharpie marker to draw a line on your disk along the center edge of the center finder.
  • Hint: You can also use a metal scribe to scratch a line if that side will never be seen, such as on the inside of a bead cap.
  • Turn the disk 1/3 turn and repeat the process.
  • Do this again for a total of 3 lines. Where the lines intersect is the center of the disk.
  • You can then use a hole punch or a drill can to make a hole in exactly the right spot.

Remove the Sharpie lines using an alcohol soaked pad.

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One Comment

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    Mossy

    December 16, 2016 at 1:39 am

    Such a simple yet clever idea, thank you for sharing :)

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