I'm trying to drill holes in very small (2-3mm), sort-of-round 22k
gold beads, and wonder if any of you Wise Ones can tell me a trick
for holding onto the bead. I don't want to use a drill press.
I just happened to go see someone today who told me about parallel
action pliers. Rio sells them. They open and close in a perfectly
parallel way so you can clamp the tiny bead and it won't shoot off
into space like it would if you used regular pliers to hold it. I am
thinking you can clamp and hold the bead in your left hand and drill
with your right. I did this at xmas time with a pearl that had a hole
that was too small.
I also picked up a jar of "tool magic". It is a rubber-like dip that
comes in different colors. You dip the ends of your pliers in it and
then they won't scratch soft metals (or pearls). I haven't tried it
yet, but it seems like it will be good. When you don't want the
coating on your tools anymore, you just peel it right off. I got it
local, but you can google tool magic and you'll get lots of sources.
It's not expensive either.
Cove Beads (soon to re-org to Kim Starbard Designs website and all the