Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Drilling stones and pearls with flexshaft

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2019

    Default Drilling stones and pearls with flexshaft


    I would like to drill holes in stones and pearls.
    I have got Foredom SR with the hand piece, quick change.
    Can I drill holes on stones and pearls with diamond burr whith those set up?
    or Should I have to buy another flex shaft or micromotor which is specialised for the drilling stones?
    It is too confusing with a lot of different tools to buy...
    What is the cheapest way to drill semi-precious stones and pearls?

    Thank you

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    South Australia


    Hi Gina, you can drill with what you have plus a couple of accessories, if you look on line you will find various types of vice for holding beads and pearls, e.g.
    you don't drill pearls with a burr, you use a drill.
    Drilling stones is a bit different, and many stones need to be drilled under water, Opals for one will crack from the heat if not kept cool, this can be done simply by holding the stone under water in a empty ice cream container or similar
    again you would use a diamond drill not a burr. the main thing is slow and careful.
    This is the cheapest way, upgrading to dedicated machines makes the job easier although much more expensive, my pearl drilling machine (Japanese not a China knock off) cost in the region of $1000AUD many years ago

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Central London


    As China has said, there is little to choose between a pendant drill and a micromotor in effectiveness. What matters is the drill bit.

    For pearls buy the cheapest drill bits you can on line, say 0.8mm or so and bin them as soon as they get blunt.
    Drilling stones can be a long and tedious process if they are hard, using up several diamond drills, so don't get too ambitious. Dennis.


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts