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Need to put an opening in a dome head? The best time is when the greenware comes out of the mold. Slowly press the top, towards the back, against a firm smooth surface until you have created a flat area large enough for a useful opening and at least 1/2-1/4 inch rim. Set aside and let it dry to leather hard before cutting the opening. The hole needs to be big enough to meet your need. If its purpose is to put in the shoulder plate connector or bead to hold the stringing elastic, small will do. Setting eyes would need a bigger hole.