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« on: September 29, 2019 08:28:40 AM »

I'm a tiki-phile and have a huge collection of swizzle sticks from my tiki travels.  I had seen some crafters turn the swizzle sticks into earrings (https://www.etsy.com/il-en/listing/642760675/grass-skirt-skull-tiki-cocktail-swizzle).   I thought this was a clever idea, with some very fun possibilities to repurpose swizzles that I have multiples of.  Heck, even a swizzle stick charm bracelet sounds amazing!

I'm crafty but haven't dabbled too much in jewelry making.  How do I go about making the hole in the swizzle to attach the jump rings?  Do I just use a drill with a very tiny drill bit?  Is there a specific kind of drill I should be using?  Can I just punch out the hole?  The swizzles are usually thick plastic.  I have some in my collection that could be 1/8" thick.
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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2019 06:00:41 AM »

You can try small drill bit - I think that the plastic may break with an electric drill - I wonder if a hand/pocket drill may give more control and support the base with some tape or something.  You may want to practice on some tester pieces first.
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2019 07:38:50 PM »

Cool idea!
I would use a power drill if it would hold the tiny bit.
A dremel tool could do it, too.
Otherwise, you can get a tiny hand drill.  They usually come with a few bits, and are widely available--Amazon, eBay, Wal-Mart.

I don't think you could punch a hole.  I'm picturing hard plastic, and it would probably shatter.
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