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To reduce the risk of injury user must read instruction manuals for all tools used in this project. Wear eye and respiratory protection. Use clamps to support work piece whenever practical.
Raven at Heron & Lamb showed us how to transform soft stone like quartz into a treasured piece of jewelry! To begin, she secured a thin Dremel Drill Bit into her Dremel FortiFlex tool. While holding the piece of quartz secure in her pliers & against her workbench, she slowly drilled into the top of the quartz. She recommends working slowly so as to not crack the stone & stopping frequently to check the progress of the hole. Tip: Where to find quartz? We found some available at several online Jewelry Supply outlets simply by searching for “Jewelry Making Quartz”. You may also find some at your local craft & hobby store.
Next, she threaded jewelers wire through the hole she made in step 1 to create a loop which she strung onto a necklace chain. You can also use the same process using a shorter chain or stringing materials if you choose to make a bracelet instead.
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Raven also gave us a few more tips for personalizing jewelry for a gift! She inserted a Silicon Carbide Stone into her FortiFlex tool & using light strokes, completed initials into stones. She suggested stringing the stones onto a necklace, bracelet or adhering them to a ring as well!
Instead of making a new piece from scratch, Raven suggested a gift idea of finding a piece of unique costume jewelry at a local thrift shop and using your favorite Dremel tool to give it a new shine! If your jewelry is plated as costume jewelry is, we do not recommend using polishing compound. Set your tool to a low speed for this application, working slowly to remove the grime. For our particularly grimy piece, we chose to use the 512E EZ Lock Abrasive Buff which added shine & kept the piece’s unique weathered look.
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