How to drill holes in resin on polymer clay

Hi! I love all your work! I just saw your post on the Watercolor Agate. 🥰🥰 I am new to resin but have made several earrings lately. I drilled a hole into my earrings tonight and my resin cracked. Do you have an article that shows how to drill into resin? I’m using UV resin. Also, what drill do you use? I broke my small bit and I’m using a bit that’s too larger, I think. I got one on Amazon I love but can’t find replacement bits. Lorie from Texas
Hi Lorie,
I didn’t have an article about that, but now I do. Thanks for the question!
Just drill into it from the resin side. Use a small, sharp drill bit, and don’t press. Let the drill bit sit on the resin for a few seconds, slowly making a divot in the resin. Once the drill bit starts to grab itself and pull through, then you can press the drill bit through. The cracking happens when you press too hard on the drill with too large of a drill bit. Since the resin is brittle, the pressure cracks it.
Always start with a tiny drill bit and then enlarge the hole with a bigger bit if you need a larger hole.
Here are some tiny drill bits from Amazon. This is the set I use.  They will work in any Dremel or similar microtool, but you will need a small enough collet to hold these bits. They also work with a hand drill such as this one, which works nicely if you’re just drilling into polymer alone. Use the size drill bit that gives a large enough hole so that your jump rings are able to move freely.
small drill bits for polymer clay
Collets are the little holders for Dremel tool bits. They come in four sizes so the Dremel can hold variously sized bits. If you need more collet sizes, here’s a replacement set of collets for a Dremel.
dremel collets and collar
Pro Tip: Rather than changing collets every time you change Dremel bits, try this. It’s a universal chuck that holds all sizes. It’s an endlessly variable chuck, just like a big drill, but in tiny Dremel size. Yes, this will fit on your Dremel.
dremel with universal chuck
Oh, and since I know readers are gonna ask, which Dremel is the best? My personal feeling is to skip the cheap rechargeable ones. They’re underpowered and the battery doesn’t last long. Get the plug-in kind. And if you go with a big Dremel, which makes sense if you’re also working with more demanding crafts, get the flex-shaft attachment so that you aren’t holding a giant log of a machine. (You can also buy a flex-shaft if you already have a heavy Dremel.) But if you’re starting from scratch, get a Dremel Stylo. They’re super lightweight.
dremel with flex shaft
Be aware that there are also generic and no-name versions of all of these things. You don’t have to stick with the Dremel brand name. Do what makes sense for your needs!
Note: I’ve included Amazon affiliate links here so that you can see what products I’m talking about and read the product descriptions. Please buy them from sources that make sense for your location!

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