Drilling small polished stones for stringing?
I have a large quantity of beautiful tumbled stones that I would like to drill for focal pieces or beadwork. I have a Dremel with a stand and lever mechanism for controlled raising and lowering of the drill.
Can't find drill bits that survive even slow drilling on these even underwater. I use sillyputty to hold the piece submerged in water in a tub and try to drill the holes, but the drill bits just don't hold up no matter how slow and patient I am to keep things cool do I don't melt off the diamonds on the bits. I've tried holding them by hand and dipping in water then drill.
I'd like to use these stones, many are beautiful lake superior agates, some polished slabs that are awesome. Should I blow off drilling and just wire-wrap them?
Your advice and experience would be greatly appreciated!!
From Tammis - November 21, 2010 at 09:54:46