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Drilling holes to stone, my way

About this design:

Some days ago I got several questions how do I drill stones. Here is my intoductions. I have got no education to this field, so there sure is better, more professional, ways. But after all, I do that this way ;)

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

  Step 1:
I think there is couple important things: 1) cooling, 2) dremel holder
Step 2:
Put your dremel to holder and use common drill bit ( meant to metall drilling). Put some water in plastic container ( only amount to cover your stone. Be carefull not to wet your electric drill!!!! )
  Step 3:
Gently pull your drill against stone. Do not use too much power or your drill bit will broke.
  Step 4:
After some seconds you do have nice holes :)
Water is the most important thing: you need to keep both stone and drill bit, cool!
  Step 5:
If your stone is very hard or you want to drill glass: use diamond covered drill bit.

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  1. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    You have some of the neatest toys, Arja. :D
    One of these days when I run out of other jewelry ideas to work with I may just have to try drilling holes in rocks. Thanks for sharing.

  2. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    Wow so cool…It looks like you have a fully stock set of tools…that always helps doen’t it!!!! thank you for sharing!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Thank you Arja!
    But how on earth do you keep from drilling into the container? :-) :|
    And I suppose you polish your own stones too in a tumbler?!! :-)
    Gosh! I LOVE your toy room!!!!! :-D

  4. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your stone drilling technique. I agree with everyone – love your toy room! ;)

  5. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    Thanks for sharing Arja, I’m sure my husband is NOT willing to share his tools with me so I guess I’ll have to buy my own!

  6. Arja A
    Arja A says:

    I know what you are talkin about,: husband who is not willing to share his tools… I can say you that after a you had bought your GOOD tools the situation is vice verca! Today my husband is asking if he may borrow my tools :) . It is always so funny to say that yes, if he is placing them back to their own places…..

  7. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    Yeah, those boys have never learned to share their toys very well!!!

  8. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Thank you for sharing, nice tools too.. 1 question Do you have to use water to when drilling the holes?

  9. Arja A
    Arja A says:

    Lynn; water is for cooling the drill bit and stone . Alternative is to use drilling oil but it can be not so good to your stone!

  10. Buster Browns MoM
    Buster Browns MoM says:

    Do you think a smaller drill would work?? And when and how do you use the water to cool the bit and stone?

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    D D Mystic Chick says:

    Arja, Thanks for the information on drilling stones, etc.

  12. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Thanks for the info Arja, Nice workshop!!!

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    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Arja, thanks so much for the instructions! And I love your ‘toy shop’! I have to try this on some river rock I collected….

  14. Arja A
    Arja A says:

    You can use as small drill as you want. Stone is in the bowl during drilling, and there is water on the bottom of the bowl. So both, bit and stone stays cool and also there is no problem with stone dust! Cutting and drilling stone produces a LOT of fine dust if you do that without water!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this Arja! Not sure I’m quite ready to try it, but it does look fun.

  16. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Arja, this is so neat! I’ve seen a video online about how to do this and they too use the dremel and stone in water to drill holes in shells, sea glass, rocks, etc.

    How do you keep from drilling right through your container or can you ‘tell’ when it’s getting close to going all the way through?

    I love your tool set up as well … makes me want to get a drill/dremel!! And funny that your hubby wants to borrow your tools now. SLS

  17. martham
    martham says:

    To avoid overdrilling and to hold my stone in place I sometimes tape the stone I am going to drill to a thin piece of wood, like a shim. The whole thing goes in the water and I have more to hang on to when drilling. Plus, I can mark where my hole will go on the tape.

    I use this method for drilling beach stones.

  18. C Dobbertean
    C Dobbertean says:

    i use my dremel w/ a diamond bur bit, i use a piece of scrap wood that fits into the bottom of my water container. on top of the wood i place a kitchen sponge to hold the stone or piece of sea glass. add the water just to cover the stone when it is pushed down.don’t use too much pressure on the drill, let it do the work for you.

  19. W Carter
    W Carter says:

    How much does the dremel cost? Thank you all for such useful information!

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    Lesa C says:

    Thanks so much for sharing! I have some sea glass and have been wondering how I would keep it from moving when I drill the hole. It is nice to hear about the water to keep the dust away and to keep everything cool. I really appreciate the info! :-}

  21. BeaJae
    BeaJae says:

    Great information! Thank you. I have been thinking about drilling holes in beach stones and have the tool already. Now, I know what to do !!

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