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« on: April 28, 2008 05:18:18 AM »

Hi, I got carried away and bought lots of gumball charms, kitschy beads and old lucite flowers etc off ebay and now I want to put them on a charm bracelet. First I need to make holes in most of them. How?

Do I need a drill? And if so what sort do I need to make REALLY tiny holes in the beads do I have to buy a special jewelry drill? Someone on the FAQ suggested a hot needle does that work on plastic? I don't want to invest too much in to this to start, so if I do need to buy a drill, can anyone suggest somewhere good to buy one in the UK?

Thanks very much, very sorry if I've repeated existing queries but i couldn't find exactly what I wanted to know.

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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2008 08:54:24 AM »

hot needle would work perfectly on plastic..if you will be doing alot of these I would suggest investing in a small drill/dremel..they have a super small bit so it will be perfect for use with your trinkets..good luck Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2008 05:32:59 PM »

I just use a regular cordless drill with a 1mm or 2mm drill bit for fast clean holes.  But I would experiment with the hot needle method first if you don't want to invest.  It works fine for thin plastic.
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