Micron Bust

After the untimely demise of the much lauded mechanical pencil punch some time ago, I asked about alternatives and Micron pens were suggested. I'd used them extensively as an art student and had a few that were just about ready to go in the trash.

The 005 is the smallest pen Micron offers, with a tip of just 0.20 mm. That's a full tenth of a millimeter smaller than the mechanical pencil I bought! (cue sarcasm ;) )

See? Tiny!

It was painfully easy to disassemble, and I was so excited to give it a go!

Sadly, the highest expectations fall the hardest. The very first punch, and it snapped like a twig. Perhaps wider nibs work better; I'll probably never know, since anything larger than 0.3 mm is too large for what I do. If you have an old set of Microns that are about done, give it a go but if you ask me, don't go out and buy one of these expensive pens just to try it as a hole punch.


  1. I just found this tutorial and this artist uses

    "a pin vise with drill bits stored in the handle. Hobby Builders calls it a Mini Drill #37800, $12.49. This was one of the first tools I bought and still use it today. Choose a bit that is the size of the wire and drill through the mat board in the holes you just pierced with the "T" pin."
    I couldn't find it on Hobby Builders site, but found something similar on Amazon. See what you think.

  2. How in the world do you make teeny tiny tongue buckles? I've tried everything I can think of, short of buying thinner wire. (I have 28 gauge, as recommended in the saddle guide, and it's hard to find thinner)

    1. Hey there! I use 32 gauge wire for buckles on strapgoods - bridles, breastcollars, etc etc. I use 28 gauge for any exposed girth buckles (like a short dressage girth) and 26 gauge for buckles that actually see use, like a western cinch.

      Western cinches have working tongues, as do the buckles on girths - but the billets are fixed and never move. Strapgoods have tongues, but they're made in such a way that they can't really move like a working tongue. After I finish the western saddle guide, I'm planning to either write an ebook specifically on bridles or add a bridle section to the updated version of the english saddle guide, and I'll explain the buckle method there.