@Irv - I have a suspicion that Dennis - @cdennyb - may well have, but I haven't seen him on the forum for a long time - and I doubt he'll see the notification. I have him friended on FaceBook - I'll draw his attention to this -
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
Success is the progressive realisation of a worthy ideal. —Earl Nightingale.
I trust you've exhausted the idea of using traditional wadding punches? They've worked well for centuries, making small, circular pads from soft material.
On a more commercial scale, water-cutting would work well; are there any 'maker' clubs in your district? Such groups sometimes club together to buy machinery which individuals couldn't justify.
"It is vain to do with more that which can be done with less" - William of Ockham
"A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in" - Frederick the Great