I bought this Pearl Drilling Jig recently. Haven't used it yet but hope to soon. I have some Tahitian pearls and some keshi that I need to drill. My question is - Is it possible to use a jig like this? It does hold pearls well and it will even hold keshi and other out of shape pearls but although it has a hole in the top for drilling through it would not be possible to turn the pearl to drill through the reverse side. Well not if I want to meet the holes up correctly. So is it okay to only drill through from one side? Is it possible to buy cups to hold the pearl so that it could be turned when 75% of the way through and still line up the holes?
Where can I buy cups for drilling pearls. For the most part I buy drilled pearls but every now and again I come across some beauties that are not drilled so I need to drill but a $1000 pearl drill is out of the question, unfortunately, at the moment. Not sure it could ever pay for itself either.
So what is the best way to drill pearls without having all the equipment. I do have a Dremel, some bits and this Pearl Jig but that is about it. One more thing, where is a good place to buy diamond tipped bits for my drill?