Sooo...as I look at the new round of resin pendants I made using some rather unorthodox materials, one fact becomes painfully clear. I have no way to hang these babies. They don't have loops or holes.
I tried using a hole punch to punch holes and ruined 4 pendants in the process (in addition to hurting my arm).
Obviously, I must break down and buy a drill. I've tried to avoid this over the years because I'm sure the first thing I will manage to drill a hole in is...me. I am NOT the most graceful of crafters on a good day.
In lampworking class, I was the only one who managed to burn herself RIGHT AFTER the teacher explained how a piece of murrini can look like it's cooled off, but still be hot enough to burn you.
I spilled an entire cup of resin across my work surface yesterday.
I've resined my hair AND managed to drag my sleeve through some resin just this morning.
But, as one of my favorite characters from the Liaden Universe novels would say "necessity exists."
Therefore, I have a date with drilling destiny.
Also, I need some kind of vise-like thingamabob (technical term) for holding my pieces still while I drill them. This is in hopes of avoiding the aforementioned probably drilling of body parts.
Here are my requirements:
The drill needs to be small and lightweight and non-scary looking. It needs to have "jewelry-sized" drill bits (i.e. something small enough to drill a hole just big enough for a jump ring or piece of wire).
The vise can't be one of those things that clamps onto the edge of a work surface - because I don't have any edges like that to clamp it on to. It needs to be free-standing and it also needs to not mar the surface of whatever I'm working on.
Okay...any recommendations (please include links if it's an on-line item)? Local stores around here are Lowe's and Home Depot...
P.S. If you are the one whose recommendation works out for me - I'll send you one of my first drilled pendants. :-)