Hi Karen, as far as I know, there’s no great mystery about
working with Ti. I first started using it about 20 years ago and
I guess ignorance must have been bliss, because I hammered and
rolled it into shapes, drilled it, saw pierced it, and even set
diamonds and sapphires into it - bezels, claws and beads.
Sure, it was hard and had a characteristic of gripping the saw
blade or binding up the drill if I went too quickly at it, but it
wasn’t as impossible to use as some people insisted on telling
me. I’ve repoussed it, inlaid gold into it, inlaid it into gold,
woven it, twisted it into fancy wire twists (it’s quite beautiful
when it’s spiralling deep blue around yellow gold), and engraved
it by machine and hand, then worked up some interesting effects
with layering my cutting and colouring.
One of the nicest things about it was the pleasure it gave my
children when I’d sprinkle its lemel through my oxy-torch flame.
I botched a few pieces but I learnt just as much from those as I
did my successes. About drilling, I’d suggest that you go slowly
and use light oil lubrication. Holding the little screws and
getting the drill started might be the harder part of the
operation. Best wishes, Rex from Oz