Greetings: I’m looking for a better, faster solution to drilling holes
in rock slices. I’m in the process of creating very thin, matched
earring pairs from attractive lapidary materials, that I then tumble
polish. But now I need to drill holes for the earring findings. So
far I’ve done this by hand with a small lspidary core drill in my
flex shaft. It takes me 5-15 minutes per hole depending on the
material, and I have to pull the rock out of the center of the core
drill after each one. Ho-hum!
There has to be a better, faster hi-production method to do this for
a small scale shop. A friend recommended that I sened my finished
slices to someone with a laser drill.
Does anyone know someone to whom I can contract this work? If so what
should I pay for 500-1000 pairs that are typically 2-3mm thick. The
material ranges from jade to agates/jaspers to softer rocks. Is there
another production method that I should consider? A drill press is no
good. I’ve tried that and it breaks my pieces and takes just as long
and doing it by hand, which results in far less breakage.