How to Use a Fiskars Eyelet Setter

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How to Use a Fiskars Eyelet Setter
Eyelets reinforce holes using metal (scarpa-particolare image by palabras from Fotolia.com)

Eyelets are metal grommets used in scrapbooking and paper crafts to create holes that can withstand wear and tear. Fiskars is a company that manufactures crafting supplies such as scissors, punches and eyelet setters. Eyelet setters by Fiskars are two sided tools that use a spring loading mechanism to punch holes in paper and set eyelets. They come in several sizes so that different sized eyelets may be used in your crafting projects.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Protective mat
  • Eyelet
  • Fiskars eyelet setter

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place your paper onto a protective mat on a flat surface. You can use a craft mat, or a protective mat like a cutting board. A protective mat will keep the surface from becoming damaged while you are setting an eyelet.

  2. 2

    Place the hole punch end of the Fiskars eyelet setter against the paper and hold the tool vertically. The end that punches the hole is coloured pink, purple or white.

  3. 3

    Hold the coloured portion of the tool with one hand, and draw back the other end vertically into the air. The tool is spring loaded, so you must pull the spring to create force.

  4. 4

    Release the tool. The force from the spring punches the tool through the paper, creating a hole sized for the eyelet.

  5. 5

    Insert your eyelet into the paper, ensuring that the smooth front side of the eyelet is on the front of the paper. Turn the paper over.

  6. 6

    Place the grey, setting end of the tool into the eyelet. Pull back on the other end of the tool vertically.

  7. 7

    Release the tool. The force from the spring forces the tool into the eyelet backing, causing the backing to lay flat against the paper. The eyelet is now set and ready for use.

Tips and warnings

  • Fiskars eyelet setters are sold in individual sizes or in a set containing several sizes.
  • Follow manufacturer's directions for use. Since the tool is spring loaded, it is forceful and you must be careful when using it to avoid injury or damage to objects.

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