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Polymer Clay 101: Making Holes and Drilling into Clay


After baking, thick clay shapes require the power of a drill or rotary tool to make the holes that transform them into beads. A Dremel drill with a fine bit does the job well. 


300 Series variable-speed rotary tool, by Dremel

628 7-piece drill-bit set, by Dremel


  • Dremel drill bit with a 1/16-inch bit
  • Wooden block


  1. Step 1

    Position a bead, wide side down, on top of a thick wooden block or peice of scrap wood to protect the dril bit (and your work surface) when it breaks all the way through the clay. 

  2. Step 2

    Drill straight down vertically, starting halfway between the top and bottom of the bead's sloped side and piercing the bottom of the bead; work slowly with light pressure to avoid cracking the clay.