Drilling a hole in brass can be tricky. Brass is an alloy that includes copper and zinc, which means that it has two different hardness levels. One for the copper part of the alloy, and another for the zinc part.
This makes drilling holes in brass trickier than most other metals because you need to make sure not to over-drill on one side of the material or under-drill on the other. Here are some steps to help you drill a hole successfully in your next project!
How To Drill A Hole In Brass
There are many different tools that can be used to drill a hole, but if you want to use one of the simplest devices available, read on. This step-by-step guide will show exactly how to do it.
Step One: Get all the tools you need ready
The first thing you need to do is lay out all the tools that will be required for this job. You will need a ruler, pencil, or pen and a small hole saw drill bit with a diameter of ½ inch (13mm). The best way to get hold of one if you do not have it at home already is by visiting your local tool store because they should stock them as standard.
Step Two: Calculate And Mark Out Your Hole
Plotting where the centerline should go can be done in two ways; either use a piece of string or bend up some wire to form an “L” shape without making it too tight.
Place the shorter arm on top of your workpiece and draw around it before drawing a cross on the right side. Continue to do this until you have four intersecting lines, each of which should be approximately ½ inch (13mm) apart from one another.
Step Three: Drill Your Holes
Once all your markings are in place, it is time for the fun stuff because now it will finally become clear whether or not you are good at following instructions!
Take your chosen drill bit and center it over two adjacent intersections before applying enough pressure so that it makes contact with the surface beneath.
Keep going like this until you have completed all four holes but remember there must always be an equal amount of space between them otherwise, they won’t line up correctly when finished. Once drilled, clean off any burrs caused by the drill bit’s teeth before proceeding to the next step.
Step Four: Apply A Striking Finish
Use a metal file to remove any rough edges around each hole, and this should leave you with four tiny openings that are perfectly symmetrical.
To give your workpiece an attractive finish, it is time for some polishing because there are many different types available these days, but if unsure, stick with one of the more common varieties.
Either way, put some onto a clean section of cloth before applying in small circles until all marks have gone away completely, leaving behind nothing but shiny, smooth surfaces on which you can now place your newly created bead! After doing, so make sure to wipe over again with a clean cloth, and this should leave you with an attractive shiny finish.
Step Five: Done!
Now that the drilling is done, it is time to move on and assemble all parts but we would recommend using some wood glue or epoxy resin adhesive first because they provide superior bonding than standard superglue ever could, especially after so many holes have been drilled through your workpiece.
Once dry, simply attach one of the beads onto each hole until secure before repeating for every other bead needed in order to complete your new pendant necklace or bracelet!
Now just string them together as normal and then enjoy showing off something that was once extremely difficult into a simple project which anyone can now do at home with ease.
If you are not satisfied with these beads, experiment with different sheets, metals, and hole sizes until you get the desired effect. Check also our post about how to slow down a drill press and drill a hole in the wall without a drill machine.