Drill Bits? Other Tools? (cool new thread)

Drill Bits? Other Tools? (cool new thread)

Post by Lars Sche » Thu, 23 Nov 1995 04:00:00



    Hello?

        What size drill bits do you guys use (in fractions of an inch)
to drill holes in already baked beads?  I think I am going to try this,
because I, too, am sick of poking a hole before baking that distorts or
ruins my bead.  But I do need to know what size drill bit should be
used to, for instance, drill a hole big enough to fit your basic 2mm
round leather cord through?  I know It has to be at ***y bit bigger
than 2mm, but that's about it...What has been your guys experiences?
        Also, wouldn't it be cool to start a new thread, one that is
specifically for everyone's benefit??  A thread about tools (bought or
homemade) that we use with our various projects to make things easier,
or look better, etc.?? We can all contribute a little and gain a lot
from each other's specific experiences!  Let me start:
        I have a small drill that I got from a "Nail Supply" store.  It
is generally used to drill ring holes in acrylic nails, but I use it to
drill tiny holes in beads that I mean to use with Tiger Tail.  I paid
$5.00 for it, and I suppose you could also just get a small drill bit
of the same size for cheaper, but this is the difference:  It has a
larger well-textured handle for better gripping, and you can unscrew
part of the handle and then***it back over the drill, protecting it
from getting bent or broken...Just my contribution...

    P.s. - Theresa Egan, sorry I have not mailed those cane slices yet,
fmaily and realtionship probs have been occupying a lot of my time...I
will try to get those to you soon, K?

                                            ClayBoy


 
 
 

Drill Bits? Other Tools? (cool new thread)

Post by Pixelate » Sat, 25 Nov 1995 04:00:00



Quote:

>        What size drill bits do you guys use (in fractions of an inch)
>to drill holes in already baked beads?
>used to, for instance, drill a hole big enough to fit your basic 2mm
>round leather cord through?  I know It has to be at ***y bit bigger
>than 2mm, but that's about it...What has been your guys experiences?

Since I don't own a drill, I couldn't tell you--I've been playing with
polyclay for a couple years now, although I haven't made much with it
except for a dragon's head that awas coming out nicely until my cat chewed
the horns off :(.

Why not simply try making up three or five beads and drilling holes of
various diameters through them?  Unless you don't *have* a drill and are
wondering what size to get, in which case I could see your question in a
new light. :)
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Drill Bits? Other Tools? (cool new thread)

Post by Dream ar » Sun, 26 Nov 1995 04:00:00


If you have a string that's 2mm, why don't you get a drill bit that's 3mm?
A mm is a pretty small increment so it shouldn't be too big.
You could also take the thong to your hardware store and let them help
you.  It's all pretty much common sense.
 
 
 

Drill Bits? Other Tools? (cool new thread)

Post by Sherry Bail » Wed, 29 Nov 1995 04:00:00


I made tools a la Tory Hughes that are drill bits (various) and darning
needles (etc.) with Fimo handles baked on then secured with Zap-a-Gap glue
(since you should ALWAYS glue metal and Fimo, they do NOT bond to each other.)

I don't see any particular value in knowing the size of the hole in a bead --
I make my beads and use them, so I always make the holes before I bake. If the
hole turns our to be too small for the "string" I finally choose, THEN I take
a drill tool I have made that is closer to the size of the string and enlarge
the small hole already there. But the size of the bit is a visually selected
thing, not anything more scientific than that!

Sherry

 
 
 

Drill Bits? Other Tools? (cool new thread)

Post by Networ » Mon, 04 Dec 1995 04:00:00



Quote:
Schear) writes:
> What size drill bits do you guys use (in fractions of an inch)
>to drill holes in already baked beads?

Best bet is to buy them all, bits are fairly inexpensive and chances are
you'll end up using them sooner or later.  Leather comes is so many
different sizes, not to mention elastic cord, tigertail, jump rings,
etc...  BTW I ordered some *TINY* drill bits that you can't just walk into
a store to buy from Micro Mark. (1-800-225-1066).

Nancy in Atlanta

 
 
 

Drill Bits? Other Tools? (cool new thread)

Post by Mamadu » Tue, 05 Dec 1995 04:00:00


Hi Nancy -- what other things does Micro Mark carry?  I'm thinking along
the lines of tools that we could possibly use in our polymer work?
Mamadude
 
 
 

Drill Bits? Other Tools? (cool new thread)

Post by Networ » Tue, 05 Dec 1995 04:00:00



writes:

Quote:
> what other things does Micro Mark carry?

For clay work I have ordered:  sandpaper (as fine as you want), small
drill press for drilling my beads, the drill bits, and lots of other
things I can't think of now.  

It is well worth the effort to call for a catalog.  I think their main
focus is things for working small - "Micro"  Stuff for model trains and
landscaping, model ship building, plus tons of tools that would work for
us.

Nancy in Atlanta