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    Quote Originally Posted by Katbran View Post
    Well I wrap my fingers in Manicurist tape and hold it in my fingers. I hold the dremel still and pointing away from me and then move the pearl towards the drill with my fingers. You need to hold tightly and I use a low speed. Wear eye protectors... always.. You won't drill your finger as they are on the sides of the pearl... I've not had one shoot off as there is already a drill hole and if you just slightly increase the bit size it's not as prone to grabbing the pearl.
    I know there is a video somewhere on here of Wendy drilling a pearl this way. You ladies are far braver than I am. I use my pearl drill. It's fairly straight forward. I would surely drill off my fingers using this method. I do love my dremel though. Didn't someone else post about a clamp they purchased at Home Depot or Lowes? I think it was some sort of locking vice grip that they used.
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    Absolutely gorgeous pearls. I am really loving lighter Tahitians myself right now.

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    Thanks everyone! Ive since added some pistachio and goldens in the mix and have found the perfect balance. This strand has now been restrung and I am happy to say, the results are much better. Who knew waxing the strand could make such a huge difference? This made getting the knots tight super easy. Ive since purchased a darker peacock strand that Id love some opinions on. Ill try to get some photos up soon.

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    PS- I purchased the Rikitea pearls from Carolyn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ECoast.Pearl View Post
    ...Who knew waxing the strand could make such a huge difference? This made getting the knots tight super easy....
    Are you using beeswax, or what?

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    Yes, I used a beeswax bar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerseyPearl View Post
    I know there is a video somewhere on here of Wendy drilling a pearl this way. You ladies are far braver than I am. I use my pearl drill. It's fairly straight forward. I would surely drill off my fingers using this method. I do love my dremel though. Didn't someone else post about a clamp they purchased at Home Depot or Lowes? I think it was some sort of locking vice grip that they used.
    Yes someone did post about a vice, I couldn't find one here. I tried a wooden ring clamp and that worked but holding it gave me a better feel for it. You wouldn't drill your fingers lol If you move the pearl toward the drill and not the other way around it's pretty safe

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    I ran a search using keyword "vise" and found this:

    MSC posted about a vise system sold by Rio, but when I clicked the link it seems the item is no longer available at Rio. Maybe someone else sells it?
    https://www.pearl-guide.com/forum/sh...l=1#post139754

    Marianne posted this method she uses:
    https://www.pearl-guide.com/forum/sh...7610#post57610

    barbie biggs posted this idea for how to hold the pearl:
    https://www.pearl-guide.com/forum/showthread.php?2735-Gold-headpins&p=34413&viewfull=1#post34413

    Llyoydsjewelry posted this method:
    https://www.pearl-guide.com/forum/sh...l=1#post180283

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    Thank you everyone for all the advice on a clamp to hold a pearl while drilling a pearl. I apologize to ECoast.Pearl for hijacking the thread away from your gorgeous pastel Tahitians.

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm not sure this post belongs here as it is a bit of a hijack, but I thought I'd weigh in on the pearl drilling discussion.

    I drill quite a few beads, including pearls, and have gone through various methods of doing do. I used to put a little water in a shallow dish and stick some poster tack in the bottom. The bead/pearl then was seated in the tack, I would hold the pearl/bead steady with padded flat-nose pliers and drill with a diamond bit dremel.

    That was then...

    I swear I don't work for 3M, but the tool I use now changed my beading life. It's a relatively inexpensive little vise made especially for drilling round beads and pearls called, creatively, the Pearl Vise. It was included with a jooltool machine I bought for my bench and it seriously does a great job, and does not mar the pearl in any way due to the delrin connectors. I have never used it with the jooltool but still use my trusty dremel. You can buy just the vise:

    http://jooltool.com/shop/flexshaft-a...-vise-by-anie/

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    Again, sorry if this post is out of place. The original photos of pearls were breathtaking!!

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    PD Thank you for the search... I too had found it wasn't on Rio anymore. But this little vice looks good....though to be honest I don't mind holding it .. it's so much faster

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    Totally agree, and you soon learn to avoid drilling your thumb

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    I like the look of this too, which Lloydsjewelry used in his video:

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    Irwin Quick-Grip

    http://www.irwin.com/tools/clamps/handi-clamps

    There are different sizes; I see them on Amazon among other locations.

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