When you plan yourpiece, decide where the holes need to bedrilled and when. First mark the place tobe drilled with a scribe. Make the pointmore visible with a ine marker pen. Placea center punch over the mark and tap itgently with a hammer. This indentationwill prevent the drill bit rom skiddingover the metal.
Place the drill bit centrallyin the correct size chuck; it should itwithout orce. Tighten with a chuck key.
Most jewelry drills are light and handheld—pendant drill, hobby drill, and hand pin drill(also called an Archimedean drill). A fixed pillar drill is very easy to use and ensures thatthe drill bit moves down vertically.Drill bits vary in size. One of the most useful is a 61-gauge (1mm) drill bit. You will needother sizes for different purposes, such as riveting with 14-gauge (1.5mm) wire, whichwill require a 53-gauge (1.5mm) drill bit.
Drilling is necessary for many jewelry-making techniques: piercing, fretwork, making a hole(or several holes) to allow a saw blade to pass through the sheet metal, riveting, and forhanging findings, such as ear hooks or jump rings. Drilled holes can also be used as adecorative feature on their own right.
Always wear good eyeprotection when drilling,as tiny burrs can fly awayfrom the metal.
Clearly mark the placeyou want to drill.Place the correct sizedrill bit in the chuck.