Has anyone ever drilled through a rock before?
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Posted: 2/4/2013 1:48:26 PM
I am making a coat for my DD out of a gorgeous forest green velvet burnout fabric. It is a kind of flowy, almost fantasy sort of design and I wanted to give it some interesting details, like for buttons. I found some perfect thin river rocks that would make great buttons but would like to drill holes in them to be sewn on, as opposed to glueing them onto something to then be sewn onto the coat.

Is that too odd a design element or too hard to drill through? I have a great drill but have never used it for anything that solid, just on wood.

I would love opinions or advice!


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Posted: 2/4/2013 1:53:03 PM
You likely need a diamond drill bit and a water drill with a powerful motor,and then your rocks may crack anyway. Your best bet is to find a lapidary hobbyist who might be willing to do it for a small fee. I think they may always be weak and may crack with use anyway, depending on the type of rock.



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Posted: 2/5/2013 1:35:00 AM
That sounds really cool. I haven't tried it yet, but have THIS PAGE bookmarked. I think it would be worth a try especially if they are thin.


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Posted: 2/5/2013 4:00:22 AM
I hope you post a photo when you are done!!



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Posted: 2/5/2013 5:12:37 AM
I drill through pieces of slate. I have a diamond bit on my Dremel. I put masking tape/blue painters tape over where I want my hole. I don't use any water, but I do go slowly. If it seems to be getting really hot, I stop until everything cools off. I can do an old roofing slate in a couple of minutes. It takes longer and needs to cool off when I do the flagstone pieces that you'd make a walking path with.



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Posted: 2/5/2013 6:42:45 AM

I have a diamond bit on my Dremel.
Was it difficult to find? And what size hole are you making?



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Posted: 2/5/2013 7:19:30 AM
i was going somewhere completely different

i was going to talk excavating and dynamite

but that might be extreme

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Posted: 2/5/2013 12:37:45 PM
LOL, Gina!

I got my diamond point drill bit in Lowe's. the size of my holes are big enough to run a rawhide lace through them. I don't remember if they had different size bits, but if you need it a little bigger, you can work the bit around. Forgot to say, I put the tape on both sides of the stone as it helps to keep it from cracking.


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