How to drill those lovely Hong Kong composite plastic flowers (or anything else plastic that doesn't want to be drilled)
1. Have a hand drill you are comfortable using (it's lightweight, it has variable speeds and doesn't go too fast, you can manipulate it without drilling your fingers)
2. Have eye protection, of course. These composite flowers are notorious for snapping off in various directions. While we're trying to prevent that, there's no guarantee in love and war.
3. Lubricate Lubricate and Lubricate. Ok, go ahead, laugh. I use a particular preparation made up for me by Kimberquinn.etsy.com. I had been going for a vegan ren-wax alternative, but the slightly softer mix of plant based waxes I got from her are, in fact, the ideal drill bit lubricant. In lieu of that, I'd try vaseline or burt's bees or any kind of med-hard balm item. Again, the nice part about Kimber's product is the lack of allergens and non-vegan thingies. Ask her for "jewelry balm."
If you do not lubricate your drill bit, this will not work. Trust me.
3. Dip your drill bit in the lubricating stuff of choice. I use this great little ryobi drill in neon green. It has long bits, and I stick mine into the goo about 1/3 of the way.
4.Place your drill on the site of the hole you want. Unlike drilling wood or brass, you want to exert no pressure, virtually. You almost want to feel as though you are pulling back slightly from the hole. Go SLOWLY. Exert MINIMAL pressure. Take your time. It takes at least 20-30 seconds for me to drill a clean hole in one of these flowers, but by using this process I've cut my waste/rejects/costs down a lot.
MAJOR POINT: re-lubricate your drill bit for EACH NEW HOLE. Shortcut this and you will be sorry.
The shavings will be pulled up along the drill bit (make sure if you have a short bit you stop and clean it, so the shavings don't get pulled into your mechanism.)
5. Wash your item with soap and water carefully. Oil + plastic = bad, deterioration, bad, no.