The Search for the Perfect HoleBeing able to drill an accurately placed hole is an essential facet of jewelry making. Sometimes that hole will be visible (when used to attach a shepherd hook, for example) and sometimes not (when creating the initial opening for your saw to create cutouts in a piece). Either way, you do not want the drill bit to slip, making your round hole into an oval, or slide across the piece, creating ugly scratches that must be sanded out. Achieving such accuracy is tricky with a hand held drill but it's a cinch with a – Ta-Da – drill press.
New ToyNo more wonky holes for DixSterling. Of course, once I had it, I had to test it out on some jewelry.
Wandering through various rock and gem shows, I inevitably pick up a stone (or several). Frequently, I find a nice matched pair for some earrings.
In my current stash were a pair of Amazonite cabochons (oddly, although found in Brazil these do not occur in the Amazon Basin). I decided to mount them in triangular dangles with cutout centers. A perfect drill press project! In this photo, I have made the cutout and am rounding up the bezel for the stone.
A Slight AdjustmentIf you are an observant type, you will instantly spot the change I made to the design.
How would I manage without painters' tape? While a scrap of leather protects the back of the piece from any rough spots on the bench pin which could cause scratches, the tape protects the face from the steel burnisher. Stone setting made (almost) fool proof.
Ready for Their Closeup
From the design to the finished earrings, a creative process made that little bit easier with the addition of a drill press. Aren't tools great?
Tomorrow, these will make their debut in my shop <www.etsy.com/shop/DixSterling>