Polymer Clay 101: Making Holes and Drilling into Clay
- 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.
- 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.
- Dremel drill bit with a 1/16-inch bit
- Wooden block
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
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