Friday, July 02, 2010
Drilling dice is easier than it looks!
Drill and 1/8" Drill Bit
Vice grip small strips of felt
Jewelry stringing wire
Two crimp beads
Seed, bugle, and crystal beads
Round nosed pliers
1. Attach the vice grip onto your work surface. Use E6000 to glue small strips of felt to each side of the vice to protect your dice from scratches.
2. Place one die into vice grip. Drill through the die with the 1/8” bit. Keep the bit straight and perpendicular to your work surface , and don’t apply too much pressure—let the bit do the work. Remove the die from the vice grip. Repeat until you have drilled all the dice.
3. Cut a length of stringing wire that is 6” or so large than your wrist. String one end through one crimp bead, through the lobster clasp, and back through the crimp bead. Crimp using a crimping tool.
4. Add some seed beads, bugle beads, and glass beads to the string. Be sure that the first beads hide the end of the wire. String on the first die. Add additional string and bugle beads and another die. Continue the same pattern until all the dice are strung and the bracelet is long enough to reach around your wrist.
5. Thread the end of the stringing wire through a crimp bead, through a large jump ring, and then back through the crimp bead. Crimp with the crimping tool. Thread the end of the wire back through the last few beads and cut away any excess wire with the wire cutters.
6. The same dice drilling technique can be used to create dice beads to be used in earrings and necklaces.
Posted by Cathie Filian at 7:01 AM