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jeannette
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« on: February 07, 2014, 06:48:40 AM »

Hi -

Do I just need a metal drill for drilling through silver?
Anyone know of a good demo and tools to buy for this?
Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2014, 08:51:14 AM »

Hi Jeanette

You can get suitable drill bits at Cooksongold.  You could use a dremel, flex shaft, hand drill or drill press.  You tube has loads of videos you could check out.

If you get a multi chuck, you can change drill bits faster.

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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2014, 09:23:30 AM »

I have a Dremel with flex shaft, some Dremel bits and also some I got from Cooksons in a circular holder. I also have a Dremel workstation that allows you to mount the drill as a pillar drill.
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2014, 11:26:35 AM »

I have a hand held Dremel and a pendulum drill.
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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2014, 12:30:49 PM »

if you just want to make holes, punching pliers or a screw down punch will do the job just as well, and often more accurately.
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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2014, 01:57:51 PM »

Yes, just want to make holes. Have bench pillar drill and a dremel, it's the drill bit I nee. Have about a 100 in the garage, but not sure if I need something special or a regular metal drill is OK.
Interested in the screw down punches, George, and saw them on some videos but can't find a supplier in the UK.
I just want to put a hole in a pendant for the jump ring...

Thanks!
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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2014, 02:59:27 AM »

Palmer metals do a small hole punch.
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2014, 03:18:30 AM »

They do a nice selection here:

http://www.alchemyandice.com/tools-and-supplies/pliers-crimpers-and-cutters-for-jewellery-making/hole_punch_pliers/

I have ordered stuff from them before and they are good. I find it less fiddly to punch a hole in smaller things rather than drill one, as long as the metal isn't too thick.



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« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2014, 06:30:57 AM »

I think this is the one you're thinking of Jeanette - http://www.cjbeaders.co.uk/18453/Metal-Stamping/ImpressArt-TwoHole-Screw-Punch-24mm-and-16mm-Holes

As for drill bits, a set of HSS bits in a range of sizes from 0.5 to 1.6mm is probably what you want - they often come in microboxes. You do need to have the right chuck to take these but your pillar drill should do the job. This sort of thing -  http://www.toolspot.co.uk/product/495-toolzone-20pc-microbox-hss-precision-drills-twist-drill-bit-set
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« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2014, 01:00:47 PM »

Spanx - that's the kidda!
Shopping! Smiley
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