DIY: Dremel Projects

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DIY: Dremel Projects
Engraving candles is just one of the projects you can do with a Dremel. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

DIY projects are made easier with a Dremel rotary power tool. The tip of this hand-held tool spins at a very high speed and can be used on a variety of materials, including wood, glass, metal, plastic and vegetable matter (think carving pumpkins). There is a wide selection of bits that cut, carve and shape your project, as well as other accessories to make your creative process flow smoothly.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Make engraved candles. You will need one Dremel attachment and an engraving cutter to make these candles. Select an image for the candle. Lay the image on the candle and tape into place. Use a pencil to trace the image, pressing firmly. Use the Dremel fitted with the engraving cutter to go over the lines pressed into the candle. To highlight the engraving, you can paint the candle.

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    Make fishing lures out of old spoons. You will need a cut-off wheel, a tungsten carbide cutter and a grinding wheel as attachments for this project. Place the old spoon in a vice, face up. Use the carbide cutter to drill two holes into the bowl of the spoon: one at the tip of the bowl and one at the base. Turn the spoon sideways and tighten the vice again. Use the cut-off wheel and remove the spoon handle. Smooth away burrs with the grinding wheel. Turn the spoon again so that the bowl is upside down and secure in vice. Paint with automotive touch-up paint. Polish the inner spoon bowl with a polishing compound. Add split rings, swivels and hooks.

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    Terra cotta luminaries and patio lights. Use tile cutting and grinding stone attachments for these projects. To make the luminaries, trace or draw designs onto the outside of terra cotta pots. Use the tile cutting attachment and cut the shapes out. Use the grinding wheel to smooth edges. Place a tea candle inside the pot. To make patio lights, turn the terra cotta pot upside down, then draw or trace on designs. Cut out and smooth edges as was done for the luminary. Place a tea candle on the saucer for the pot, invert the cut pot and place it over the candle.

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    Make guitar pick earrings. Use a small drill attachment for this project. Drill one hole at the narrow end of two guitar picks. Make three more holes along the opposite edge for beads to dangle from. Glue embellishments to the pick itself, if desired. Attach beads on head pins or jewellery wire. Secure to the bottom holes on the pick. Attach an earring hook to the top hole.

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