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« on: November 03, 2007 04:00:31 PM »

the title pretty much says it all, but....

i've been wondering how you can put holes in dice without power tools.
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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2007 08:43:38 PM »

Use a screw, then unscrew it...  But this will just be a small hole, not all the way through. 

A Dremel would do it perfectly though Wink 

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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2007 10:21:53 AM »

Depending on the density of the plastic, you may be able to heat an ice pick or thin nail with a flame (gas stove) and melt a hole.  (?)

I agree that a dremmel would be your best bet...

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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2007 05:53:10 PM »

Actually, unless you're really skilled with a dremel or other power drill, it's really NOT your best bet.  It melts the plastic if you go too fast, then it cools and the bit gets stuck.

If you don't want to use power, a hand drill is great.  You can clamp the die to a piece of wood and then it only takes seconds.

Here's the drill that I use for lots of drilling...although I do love my power tools.


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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2007 03:16:36 PM »

oh i do this all the time.


get a fine wire bit, spray it down with a bit of wd-40 to prevent the plastic in the die from sticking, and drill slowly ( like speed 2 or 3 on a12 speed) with a drill or dremel.

If you're brave hold the die in your hand, or use a vise.

interestingly enough, opaque d20's tend to dust up and not melt, while the transparent ones tend to melt more. Wear a mask and glasses regardless.

after each hole remove the melted plastic or dust from the bit(easy peasy because of the WD-40) and drill the next die.
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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2012 05:55:11 PM »

I know this is an old topc but I made a D20 necklace like this. I took a needle and heated it up using a candle and slowly melted the hole into the dice.

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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2012 03:41:14 AM »

pawandclawdesigns, thank you for the drilling and preparation tips!

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