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181  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Drilling holes in beads. How?/Help! on: January 26, 2005 08:53:39 AM
Hey takewrning,


You probably already found this, but maybe it will help. Or try searching on Craftster/online. Dremel has a website too www.dremel.com so you can look at their drill bits; they have sizes listed and some of them are pretty skinny and have diamonds, though the ones I saw with diamonds weren't actually drill bits -_-;. I suspect they have them though, since that topic was talking about it. You can buy drill bits off of hardware stores, Amazon.com, ebay, etc.

Another way is I am probably not local to you at all, but there are two bead shops near me, History Bead Co. and The Bead Mine. At Bead Mine the guy actually has a drill that will go through stone, and I think will drill stuff for you if you bring it in. (I don't remember if it was free or not though, cause I had wood that was way too soft to need that powerful drill.) So you can try calling up bead shops from your phonebook and see if they do glass/ceramic.

Good luck!  Smiley
182  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How can you cut intricate shapes out of wood? on: January 26, 2005 08:26:52 AM
Hello, I'm new to Craftster *wave* Smiley

What I was wondering is, I've just started making earrings to sell, and I want to make little animal shapes in wood since I really don't want to use my home oven to exude HCl fumes from polymer clay. Sorry, toxic stuff really unnerves me. But what can you use to do this?

Say I wanted to cut a 1-inch wide fish out of 1/4 in thick plywood. I thought a jigsaw would do it, since it's named jigsaw so should be able to make jigsaw puzzles, right? But I went to Sears and the guy said jigsaws cannot do intricate work at all, you need a scroll saw or a rotary tool. Scroll saws are really huge and expensive so I didn't even consider it, but researched the dremel rotary tool, which I promptly fell in love with. But even though I want it, nowhere on their site does it actually say it can *cut wood*, only drill it, though the guy at Sears said its drill spins so fast you can just stick it down and pull it sideways and it works like a saw. Would that work? How thick are the drill bits (would it waste a bunch of wood while cutting)? Is there some better/cheaper alternative for cutting wood (and then sanding the little grooves I just made)?

How does anyone actually make a jigsaw puzzle? ^_^;;;

This is what I've done so far with basswood, an exacto knife, and sandpaper:


But I really want to make ones that are actually shaped like fish...and out of wood that's so hard I can't cut through it with an exacto knife (even though basswood is fine for jewelry).  Maybe I should just whittle the basswood into shapes, but again it's really hard with an exacto knife, and I can't sand very well in little grooves.

THE END... Can anyone help me?  Huh I'll love you forever.
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