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How to Drill Holes in Beach Stones

I drilled holes in beach stones. So let me show you how I did it and how you can use stones with holes for decorating!

stones with holes drilled
I can't say to drill holes in beach stones is super easy, but it's very doable.


beach stones with natural holes at Pescadero State Park CA
Shells come with natural holes (see my Shell Garland), so do stones. And there seems to be an abundance of stones with holes at Pescadero State Beach, just south of Half Moon Bay (CA). If you live near, you won't need this tutorial!

old hammer drill
The tool: a hammer drill. This one is over fifteen years old. Hammer drills are well suited for drilling holes in masonry or stone and withstand severe heating.

hammer drill bit
This is what the drill bit looks like.

We used a vise to secure the rock, and when I say we I mean my husband. He offered to drill the holes in the stones, and I was happy just watching.

drilling a hole in a stone
Lean against the drill and off you go. How fast it will drill depends on the hardness of the stone. This one was rather soft and it took less than two minutes. The drill combines a rotating and hammer action that chisels its way through the stone, creating a clean round hole.

rock pull for blind
Smaller beach stones make great pulls for blinds or lamps.

rock vase
Or check out this adorable Rock Vase at A Little Tipsy.

table lamp with stacked rocks design
And if you're really ambitious, you could make a stylish Stacked Stone Lamp.
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25 comments:

Jane said...

Excellent information! Thank you for sharing. Looking for my drill....
Jane (artfully graced)

Sherri said...

I always wondered how people drilled holes in stones, now I know! Thanks!

Erin @ The Impatient Gardener said...

You have just answered a question that has been rolling around in my head for a couple decades. Thanks!

Drawn to The Sea said...

The lamp, the lamp, the lamp. I want to make the lamp :-)

Michelle ~ daydreams505 said...

LOVE the lamp! :)

Custom Comforts said...

Love your blog!!! What wonderful ideas you have and so nice of you to share them with us all. I'm your newest follower.
Cindy

Shore Debris said...

You make me want to be ambitious and try that stacked stone lamp! I've got a hammer drill in my garage, but have not tried that on my stones. I've been using my dremel with an adjustable chuck and the drill bits that come for the "Rock Driller" (actually a kid's toy) in Hobby Lobby. Sometimes it takes an hour to get through a tiny stone.

simpledaisy said...

Awesome!! Thanks for sharing:)
You know i'm going to have to try that!!!!

Lili said...

AHA! I always wondered how it was done. I see all the work in shops around here, but no one ever tells their secrets. Thanks Maya! ~Lili

Ocean Soul said...

Does a hammer drill count as a Valentines Gift?

Flowermouse Design said...

Thank you so much for sharing this!!!!

deep vats said...

its the best for valentine day gift ,,huuuuuuuuuu

Fembria-art said...

Sehr schön, bei uns an der Ostsee gibt es natürliche Steine mit Loch diese nennt man Hühnergott. Die Wikinger und Kelten glaubten damals das wenn solch ein Stein im Stall hing legten die Hühner mehr Eier.

Really Rainey said...

That's an excellent tutorial Maya~ Thanks to you and your hubby! Yeah the lamp is pretty cool too!

Rainey

pam @ iLoveShelling said...

This is so cool...I want to make a lamp like that with shells! Big conchs! Oh, do I wish I had more time in the day. So many ideas, so little time. thanks Maya- love this post.

Kamichia @ Glass Float Junkie said...

oh boy!!! another reason to buy a new power tool!! hopefully i won't injure myself attempting this! :) thanks, maya! :)

Inspire Me Heather said...

I want to try this for sure!! Thanks and I linked it to my nautical post too so I can keep it for later this Summer!

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Linda said...

Wow. That was really fun and exciting. I always wondered how to drill holes in stones. VERY VERY cool indeed. Come over and visit if you have time. I'm in love with your blog. Linda

Nicole said...

I find that submerging the rocks in a little water (while drilling) helps, just enough to cover the hole. It decreases the heat and flying sparks. I break fewer drill bits that way, too.

artclubblog.com said...

Great post! I've collected some interesting stones throughout my travels, and would like to make some necklaces. I guess it's all about having the right drill bit and husband :)

NOTON by Raquel said...

The vase and the lamp are great! Loved it :)

Raquel

Work Of Our Hands said...

What kind of drill bit pls ? One for masonry?

Fig Leaf Betty said...

Wow, your projects are beautiful, and so unexpected!! Have you tried to do this with coral? (That's what I'm trying to do...)

Mary Shepherd said...

Nicole is right. Keeping the drill bit cool by adding water will make it go faster and the bit will stay sharp longer. Please please wear eye protection.

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