What drill should I use to make holes in rocks for jewelry?

I collect a lot of rocks with intentions on making them into necklaces but I have never had time. Now I do and I need to figure out how to make holes in them. I was looking at some dremels and they come in different volts. I know nothing about drills so I want to know what volt I should get.

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  • Mark
    Lv 7
    10 years ago
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    As for dremels , just get a 120 volt one. That way you can just plug it in the wall when you want to use it. If you get a battery powered one you have to leave it on the charger and then one day it will stop working. You know how batt operated stuff is.

    http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=drilling%20holes%...

    http://www.making-jewelry-now.com/drilling-beach-g...

    I talking about the 300 or the 4000 that are in the link below.

    They are corded and variable speed.

    You may be able to find them without the accesories for less.$

    It looks like the cordless ones are not variable speed.

    http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie...

  • ronald
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

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    What drill should I use to make holes in rocks for jewelry?

    I collect a lot of rocks with intentions on making them into necklaces but I have never had time. Now I do and I need to figure out how to make holes in them. I was looking at some dremels and they come in different volts. I know nothing about drills so I want to know what volt I should get.

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  • 3 years ago

    Jewelers Drill Press

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  • 10 years ago

    Drill small holes (under 1") into rock with these simple instructions. The drilling process is the same whether you are working agate, slabs, gemstones, jade, marble, or just about any other type of rock.

    12,14 to 16 volt drill will do.

    1. Start with a diamond drill bit. Diamond bits are the correct type of bits to use for rock work.

    2. Diamond bits are meant to be kept wet. The bit doesn’t need to be in a lot of water, just enough to wash away the rock mud and keep the bit wet. The easiest way to accomplish this is to do your drilling in a bin or tub of water. A butter dish works well.

    Once you start drilling use a very gentle up/down motion to let fresh water under the bit. If you slam you bit back down on the rock, you will knock off the diamonds, making your bit useless.

    Another way of keeping the stone wet is to have a drip system continually dripping water on the point you are drilling. Or, you can have someone with a spray bottle stand next to you and squirt the point of contact with water.

    3. Drilling is best done in a drill press. If you tweak the bit, it snaps apart. Holding the bit perfectly perpendicular to the stone is vital.

    By following these three steps your bits should give you their maximum drilling capacity.

    Source(s): I made a few necklaces
  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Great little machine for what I do. I build models and make jewelry and have to drill very small holes. I'd give it five stars if the downfeed gear wasn't slightly lumpy but it is not a big problem and you can feed evenly if you are careful. NO play in spindle shaft, reported runout of .001 is probably right, I haven't measured but no problem. I may attempt to smooth up the movement by laping the gears or if gtht doesn't work may remill the gear. GREAT VALUE FOR THE PRICE, equal to machines costing several times more except for the downfeed. Has a small 100 watt motor so can't take large drills or hard materials, but I drill thin wood and plastic, and some thin metal, silver and brass mostly. The variable speed knob works very smoothly on my machine, the lowest setting moves the spindle easily. Some have reported having to move the knob to half or higher to get it to move, not so on my machine.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0040YJTTU/ref=as...

  • Waalee
    Lv 5
    10 years ago

    The best way to drill holes in stones is to use a small drill press and use steel drill bits (I know all the bits are steel) don't use drill bits that are designed for wood. With a drill press you can clamp the stone so that it wont move. Just about any small drill press will do the job, just remember not to force the drill bit into the stone because it will get very hot.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Look on a jewellery making web site. I think the smallest masonary drill bit I've seen is 4 or 5 mm.

    With proxon small tools I know they make a drill stand which would make drilling easier.

  • 10 years ago

    You really need to get into diamond bits from a lapidary supply store. They will also be able to tell you a lot more about it than anyone around here. Here's just one joint, I dunno how good or bad they are:

    http://www.inlandlapidary.com/

    Traditional drill presses are too slow and Dremel tools can't be water cooled or held perpendicular to a surface.

    http://www.rocks4u.com/drillrock.htm

    Source(s): Nice cut and paste, Larry.
  • 10 years ago

    a diamond tipped drill bit would work great...most local hardware stores will carry them...not as expensive as they sound

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