How to Make Holes to String Turquoise Stones

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Turquoise is a strong addition to any jewelery maker's set. The green-blue color creates a strong accent and contrast with other stones and gems. If you have turquoise that you want to string, you can make the holes at home using a special drill bit.

Things You'll Need

  • Turquoise stones
  • Vice
  • Drill
  • Stone drill bit
  • Attach a vice to a sturdy work surface, about waist height. Tightly fasten the turquoise stone into the vice, with the area where you want the hole facing you at an upward 45-degree angle.

  • Unscrew the drill top and insert the stone bit. Tighten the bit and plug in the drill.

  • Start the drill on low and slowly press the bit into the spot on the turquoise where you want the hole. Be patient; it may take a few minutes to create even the beginning of a hole. Continue pressing the drill into the stone, slowly turning up the drill's power, until you are all the way through the stone.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always consider your safety first when working with power tools. Use protective eyewear and work gloves.

References

  • Photo Credit turquoise image by Maxim Petrichuk from Fotolia.com
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