Monday, August 26, 2013

Rockin' Away!

I've really taken a shine to working with rocks lately, having purchased some awesome diamond bit drills.  Not all rocks are easy to drill through, you would think they were made of iron!  However, most are pretty easy.  Shells and glass are also pretty easy to drill through and produce some really cool results. 
Bay of Fundy rock -- a little copper adornment added.
 

Another Bay of Fundy rock -- I really love the oversize copper jump rings.
 
 
 
A bit of beeswax goes a long way in enhancing these gorgeous rocks.
 

A bit of 'faux' sea glass - tumbled at home!  You can not tell the difference.
 

I found a big bag of fragmented abalone shell at Michael's.  These make fabulous and easy jewelry.
 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Holey Rocks

I've been having a blast lately with my diamond bit drills, making holes in rocks and glass.  There are a few tricks involved, namely you have to use water when drilling.  I have my dremel drill set up in a drill press and place my rocks or glass on a piece of modeling clay, which is then set on a small piece of wood in a clear plastic container which is filled with water.  Of course you have to be very careful when dealing with electricity and water!

The other trick is to use hollow core diamond drill bits.  Hollow cores are just that -- they are hollow and can drill large holes without breakage or chipping.  You have to use water or the tiny diamond flakes will burn off your bit.  I'll post more, but this is the first complete project I can show you.  I made a shell necklace set, but that was sold before I could even get a picture.

I added a bit of heat patina copper wire and tubing, some old wood beads and cool piece of driftwood.  I already have a commission to make another one!