It’s called a wad punch and it’s amazing. I’ve been making my little button flower brooches for years now and I’ve always cut my leather circles by hand which is OK when I’m making the odd brooch here and there, but when I have to make loads for an order or for a craft fair it’s very time consuming as well as not perfectly accurate. Here’s where a wad punch comes in.
It’s a heavy precision cut metal tool that allows you to repeatedly cut identical circles from leather very quickly – whacking with a hammer is required which is also great fun. I managed to cut loads of circles in a matter of minutes.
It’s a shame that my vast stash of small cream vintage shirt buttons has just run out and I can’t make any more brooches until I’m lucky to find another load of identical buttons to recycle at a good price. Anyone know where I can get my hands on some – I’ve been checking eBay every day where I managed to get the first batch many years ago from a haberdashery that was closing down, but not had any luck yet.