How-to: Make Beads from Colored Pencils (You Get to Use Power Tools!)

Drill a hole through the middle of each colored pencil slice.Next, using a cordless drill or any drill that you’d like, choose a narrow drill bit and drill a hole through the middle of each colored pencil slice. Aim to use a bit no wider than the colored lead inside the pencil–otherwise, your aim is more likely to be off.

See how my husband is holding the drill in one hand and the colored pencil piece in the other hand, drilling into his palm, only a pair of gloves to protect his hand?

DON’T DOย  THAT!

Ideally, use that clamp that your Papa gave you for Christmas, after he realized what a loose cannon you were around power tools. Handheld clamps will also work, as long as they’re grippy and won’t mar the paint on outside of the colored pencil.

Also, don’t aim the drill at your palm.

Next >> String your Beads

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2 thoughts on “How-to: Make Beads from Colored Pencils (You Get to Use Power Tools!)”

  1. Woohoo to power tools! I think this idea would also translate really well to a mobile using different lengths of beads.

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