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    Ok, I know this was answered before, but I searched and could not find the answer I'm looking for.

    1. Before I punch a thousand holes in my Coro drawing, what seems to be the best spacing between the mini's?

    2. What seems to be the best drill bit size to use?

    Any help would be much appreciated.

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    1) I like to use 1/2", 3/4", and 1" spacing depending on the detail of the item. 1/2" is hard to do sometimes so I do most of mine with 3/4" spacing.

    2) I don't remember the exact drill bit size, it is usually 2 sizes smaller than the bulb. You want the bulb it fit somewhere between snugand tight.

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    For the coro I've done, I've just used an awl, rather than a drill. I poke a small hole from the front, just to determine positioning (easier for me to layout on the front, rather than backwards on the back). Then I poke the awl all the way through to the handle on the back. This gives a "snug" fit for the bulbs, and seems to work well.

    As for spacing, I generally go to great pains to make sure I don't have any extra bulbs. So I usually take my area, and try to make it fit into groups of 50 or 100.

    -Tim

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    John Pidliskey wrote:

    An Awl? Not sure if that would work for me. The Coro I have is 6 mil. Thicker than the standard 4 mil I think most use due to the cheaper price.

    Because it is thicker, I would need to get the socket through the back all the way through to the front to seat the bulb in.

    Ah, I use the thinner stuff (works fine, if you reinforce it on the back), and just poke the bulb itself through.

    -Tim

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    I make all my drawings on the back. I use a pencil and dry erase marker so I can change the drawing as needed to maximize all of the bulbs. After the design is final and all the bulb holes are marked I go back with a black permanent marker and retrace the design. I also make notes on the back of the coro, so I can organize lights in groups for animation. The notes are helpful when trouble shooting bad bulbs during the season. The lines can not be seen from the front and it doubles as a technical drawing on the back.

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