cabochon, rocks or glass
Tie your hair back if it is long,
Clothing should not be loose,
Electricity and Water don't mix; BE
Rubber Gloves, Rubber mat or rubber sole shoes.
Warning: This is
for information only, drill at your own risk
You need something to drill with,
some use a dremel, some use flexshafts but I use a drill press.
Dish, plastic or glass, to hold
Backing for the rock, I use a block of wood,
some use hot glue and some use putty or clay
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Without a drill press it is almost
impossible to keep the drill bit from slipping off the rock, especially on a
rounded surface like a cabochon and the bit will slip off metals also. (Why
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|| Many people like the
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operated dremels don't have the same power. If you are going to save yourself
some stress get the dremel drill press accessory, it works great
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|Please consider, if you have never drilled a stone or glass for
that matter, use a practice piece first. Save yourself some aggravation
good tools as well as good drill bits.
|Things to be aware of when drilling stones or
||Get Ready . . . Drill
don't use a drill press the drill may slip and move damaging the piece
you are drilling.
Water may spray on
equipment and you.
Let the drill do the work
to avoid overheating or breaking the diamond drill bit. Depending on the
hardness of the stone, it may take you about three to five minutes to get all
the way through the stone, glass even longer. You Have To
You might want to consider
investing in earplugs or ear protectors because it's a very noisy
If glass breaks it has sharp edges,
rubber gloves will help protect fingers. Stones can break too!
If you drill straight through, you get "break
out" on the other side
|Remember: Good drill bits, light pressure, high speed, flowing
water, patience and don't forget to use common sense and exercise
Use a very gentle up/down motion as you work your way through
the rock, allowing the water to circulate under and around the bit until the
drill is completely through.
The water will start to get cloudy. If the
drill is held in place for too long or the drill is too fast, the bit will
overheat and the diamond pieces will start to flake off. A fine grit is
starting to form, if necessary you may need to change your water if it gets
You will know the drill is through the rock when you feel the
change as the bit goes into the softer surface beneath. Be gentle, don't force
to avoid a break out. Some stones are softer and break out isn't a problem.
Agates are very hard and can break or have break out with too much pressure.