How to Drill a Hole in a Sharks Tooth

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Shark teeth make interesting pieces of jewelry.
Shark teeth make interesting pieces of jewelry. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Shark's teeth are made of hard material that can break ordinary drill bits fairly easily. If you have a shark's tooth, or multiple shark's teeth that you wish to drill for jewelry or other craft projects, it is possible to do so. You need the right tools to do the job simply and efficiently. Shark's teeth make great accents in numerous projects, so if you find or purchase one, do not want to let it go to waste.

Things You'll Need

  • Bead vise
  • Hand-held drill
  • Diamond-tipped drill bit (1.2 to 1.5 mm)
  • Pencil
  • Drill press (optional)

Choose a drill bit for your drill that is smaller than the hole you would like in the shark tooth, as drill bits often drill holes that are slightly larger than their circumference.

Attach the drill bit to the tool.

Place the shark tooth in a small vice made for holding beads and other jewelry items. Mark the spot on the shark tooth that you wish to drill with a pencil.

Set up your drill press if you choose to use one. This piece of equipment holds the tool in place so that you can move it with a lever up and down. This makes for precise holes in the material you are drilling.

Drill the hole in the shark tooth by placing the drill bit on the spot that you marked with a pencil. Apply pressure until you have made a hole through the tooth.

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