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    Mother of pearl advice needed.

    I have never worked with mother pearl before. I bought some for inlay projects and I want to make a pair of earrings for my daughter for xmas.

    I have watched some videos on cutting it but need some advice on drilling it. I will need to drill couple small holes close to the top edge to attach the gold wires.

    Any tips on drilling would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
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    Use diamond dental drills, and keep the drill flushed with water. The dust is not to be inhaled. That's true for all lapidary cutting and drilling - keep flushed with water, so no dust is airborne.
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    I use solid carbide end mills and drills (available on ebay as surplus from circuit board manufacturers for a tiny fraction the price of new) in a foredom tool. MOP dust is nasty, keep it wet if you can, wear a HEPA mask and HEPA vacuum to clean up.

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    +1 on diamond bit, and +1,000,000 on not breathing the dust. Please take this very seriously- it's very nasty stuff and you don't want to breathe it. Fortunately my supplier warned me of this years ago when I first started doing shell inlays.

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    Thanks for all of the tips guys. I do have a nice filter to wear.
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    Nice thing about the tiny diamond dremel bits is that you can enlarge to any radius by side milling.
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