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Q: How do you do this with a drill? Do you use a drill you hold in your hands, or do you have your drill on some kind of apparatus that drops the drill bit down on the bead, and how do you hold the bead in place? With your fingers? If so, do you have any fingers left?
A: You didn't say what type of bead you were interested in drilling, so I
thought I'd share my experience with 'Lavendar Jade' 8mm rounds.
I ran around our little island with a handful of undrilled 'Lavendar
Jade' rounds, and I was told that they would have to be sent off-island
to be drilled. Only a couple of jewelers would even entertain sending
them off. One wanted to send them off-island just to get an estimate. I
was told it required a special drilling set-up. The only one that would
give me an estimate wanted $12 a bead...