How to Build a Paper Perforator

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How to Build a Paper Perforator
Modifying a pizza wheel creates an excellent perforator. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

A paper perforator is a tool that allows you to pierce through paper at regular intervals so that you can easily tear the paper along the perforations. You can make perforators using any width of perforation you need. Making the tool does require precise measurements but it isn't difficult. Having different sizes of perforations can allow you to use the tool for pattern making, scrapbooking or other craft projects where perforations are helpful.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pizza wheel
  • Screwdriver
  • Ruler
  • Fine permanent marker
  • Vice
  • Eye protection
  • Rotary cutter

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  1. 1

    Pick a pizza wheel with a sharp steel edge and a removable screw. Unscrew the sharp wheel from the rest of the tool.

  2. 2

    Determine the size of your piercings. You will remove the 'space' between each piercing. If you want your piercing to be 1/16 inch long and your space between each piercing 1/16 inch long, you will make a mark along the outside edge of your wheel every 1/16 inch long. If your measurements vary from that you will alternate the piercing and the space measurement all the way around the wheel.

  3. 3

    Mark an X on the space sections. These will be evenly spaced on the example of 1/16 for both the piercing and the space sections.

  4. 4

    Place the marked wheel in the vice so that a portion of the sharp edge is visible. You want to vice to hold most of the metal so that the cutting doesn't distort the metal.

  5. 5

    Wear eye protection. Use a rotary tool with a tip designed for cutting metal. Usually you can find a tip the right width for your space sections. Bring the tip down on the wheel in the sections you've marked with an X, removing the metal. Remove the metal about 1/16 inch deep. Move on to the next X mark and remove the metal again. Continue all around the wheel until you reach the place where you started.

  6. 6

    Sand along the wheel to remove any burrs, but be careful not to dull the edge of the wheel. Reattach your wheel to your tool handle.

Tips and warnings

  • You can sharpen your wheel with a sharpening tool if you dull it down.

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