One of my favorite tools in my studio is a disc cutter. I was first introduced to this tool in a metals class. I was feeling very uncreative so I thought I would explore the different tools in the studio. Who knew it would be a defining moment! It truly was love at first site. I was instantly inspired by the perfect little circles that immerged from this tiny tool. The possibilities, the options…I could hardly wait to create something from these tiny metal wonders!
The tool itself comes in many different shapes and sizes. The model that sits on my bench is a small block of high carbon steel with 10 different cut out circle shapes. The block is actually two blocks that fit securely together on two pins. This keeps it perfectly aligned, but allows it to slide up and down on the pins for ease of movement of your metal sheet.
For each cut out circle shape in the block there is a corresponding steel punch beginning at 1/8″ diameter and increasing in increments of 1/16″ up to 1″ in diameter.
Now comes the fun part! Take your hammer and pound, pound, pound until you feel the punch go through the metal. Oh, it is a glorious moment! Lift the block and viola’! You have a perfectly cut disc! Such a beautiful thing.