Topics Covered In This Video:
- I’m going to show you the difference between drilling holes in polymer clay when the clay is raw versus when it is baked.
- Often you will see on the internet where someone who is making a polymer clay pendant or flat charm, just take a skewer and make a hole in the clay when it is raw.
- There are several problems that can happen when piercing holes in raw polymer clay.
- First is that the piece will tend to distort… the clay gets pushed to the sides of the hole and can distort the piece out of shape.
- The hole gets uneven and puckered up around the edges.
- A hole made in clay by swirling a pointed tool generally looks very unprofessional.
- A much cleaner and better looking hole can be made after the polymer clay has been baked, using a drill bit.
- Drilling in baked polymer clay is super easy to do.
- By holding off on adding holes to your polymer clay beads until after they are baked… gives you more options.
- You may change your mind on where you want to drill the hole, how many holes you want to add or if you want to add a bail instead. If the hole is already there, you can’t do much about it.
- All you need is some inexpensive drill bits made for wood, since polymer clay is soft and easy to drill through.
- You can find drill bits in the hardware store or even the dollar store.
- Purchases the sizes of drill bits that you will need.
- Support your polymer clay piece from behind, using scrap wood or a plastic block.
- I used to make a polymer clay handle for my drill bits but found that the bits they came loose if the bit was not bent on the end (which is very difficult to do).
- So now I just use a pin vise to hold my drill bits.
- You can find single and double ended pin vises, which screw apart for adding any size of drill bit that is required.
- Most Exacto Blade handles will accommodate small drill bits as well.
- Press a small dent in the clay where you want to drill the hole, so the bit doesn’t slide around on the surface.
- Using light pressure, drill into the polymer clay with a piece of wood behind it as a back stop, and you should get a pretty clean hole.
- Drill from the back as well as the front, to clear any burrs along the edges of the hole.
- Resin coated polymer clay pendants can also be drilled after baking. You will notice that thhey need a little more pressure and time, but it is easily done by hand.
- I also like to use a tapered drill bit or a tapered burr bit (made for Dremel Tools), for getting holes started or cleaning burrs around the edge of holes.
- Drilling your polymer clay after it is baked will give you a nice clean professional looking hole… much better than the dorky, puckered up, uneven holes that you squish in when the clay was raw! :)
- Related Video: Drilling Holes In Your Polymer Clay Beads
- Related Article: Polymer Clay Bead Holes
- Related Article: How To Make Pretty Handles for Your Drill Bits
- Related Video: Applying Ultradome UV Epoxy Resin To Polymer Clay
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