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takewrning
« on: January 25, 2005 12:30:13 PM »

Does anyone know what it takes to drill a hole into a glass/ceramic bead?
I know that it takes a special drill bit but the one's at the hardware store- the smallest was about the size of a pencil!

Does anyone know if I can just buy a skinny drill bit (and where) or if it takes a larger boring machine?
Help!

Thanks in advance! Kiss
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katatsumuli
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2005 08:53:39 AM »

Hey takewrning,

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=6438.0

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
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takewrning
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2005 09:01:17 AM »

Thanks so much!!!
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2005 12:38:50 PM »

Smiley Np, hope it helps. And..oh, I guess you would've been local, if you still lived in Pgh. Weird.
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takewrning
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2005 01:01:07 PM »

Oh I'm back in Pgh often enough, and couldn't find the bit @ Home Depot, so I'll stop at the bead Mine.  Thanks!
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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2005 01:08:18 PM »

I asked the woman at my local bead store about this... she told me that she once had a customer who took her beads to her dentist to be drilled... seems like a great idea, but who can stand that awful drilling sound!?!?!?!
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