If you want a round hole in the tubing, start with a pilot hole. You can create this with either a jeweler's file or a fine drill bit fitted to the flex-shaft of a rotary tool. Successive drill bits can then be used to enlarge the pilot hole to the size hole you would like for your design. When using any rotary tool, always wear eye protection and a dust mask. The metal may become hot from the friction of the drill bit so work in small amounts of time as well as keep a piece of scrap leather handy for holding the tube. Regardless of the tools you choose to use, while working, be sure to support the tube bead on a sturdy work surface. A bench-pin clamped to your work table is the ideal tool for this task.
- Maura Buckner, Jewelry Making Expert
Products sold by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® are intended for experienced jewelry-makers and designer-artists; children 14 years of age or younger should use these products with adult direction.
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