How to Create a Homemade Dremel Buffing Wheel

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How to Create a Homemade Dremel Buffing Wheel
You can create your own buffing tools for your Dremel. (rotary tool image by CraterValley Photo from Fotolia.com)

A Dremel rotary tool can save you time when buffing beads or other objects. Although Dremel offers buffing wheels, these can get expensive and might be too rough for softer materials such as polymer clay. Instead of purchasing the buffing wheels, you can make your own, which means you'll never run out of buffing power when working on your craft projects.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Natural, undyed fabric squares
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Small nail

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Stack several layers of undyed, natural fabric squares. These can be any material, depending on the softness or roughness needed. Cotton, linen, denim or canvas are good fabric options.

  2. 2

    Sew through the stack, spiralling out from the centre. If you have a sewing machine, it will make this step easier, but a needle and thread will work.

  3. 3

    Punch a hole through the stack of fabric using a small nail.

  4. 4

    Unscrew the screw on the end of the Dremel, using the included tool, and remove any tip previously attached. Push the screw through the fabric and screw tightly into the end of the Dremel.

  5. 5

    Trim off the corners of the fabric until you have a circular buffing wheel attached to your Dremel. You can now use the Dremel for buffing.

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