My jewelry project, is that I’m turning plastic, tiki bar swizzle sticks in jewelry pieces. To do so, I need to drill small holes into the plastic swizzle. I’ve tried a couple of methods so far, and I haven’t been 100% happy.
First, I bought this small hand drill (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QPR8Z3Q/). It works, but honestly, I don’t have the hand or wrist strength to use a hand drill. It took me 20+ minutes to drill one hole My first attempt, I ended up bending the thin drill bit, because I was pushing down so hard. This method just won’t work.
Next, I heated up a T-pin with a candle flame. That works. The hot needle goes right through the plastic. However, it leaves a burn mark.
Lastly, I bought this hand held electric drill (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XGV1FYH/). It works pretty well, but there’s one problem. After drilling about 2 holes, the drill bit gets gummed up with melted plastic. I have to hold the bit over a flame to melt the plastic and then wipe it off. I plan on making a few pieces, and having to clean off the drill bit so frequently, gets tedious.
A friend suggested I try a ‘zero degree drill bit’, designed for drilling holes in plastic. But I haven’t been able to find something in the size I need - 1 - 2 mm. Maybe 1/16". Unfortunately, with this electric drill, I can’t really control the speed. It’s just on / off.
Any recommendations on other tools I can use to drill very small holes in plastic? Thanks!