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  • Drilling holes in Glass - what to use??

    Morning,

    Drilling holes in glass - is this relatively easy, if so, what tools would you recommend.

    I have also recently seen some very smooth fused glass circles and they were quite flat. Presumably these are made from cut circles as opposed to fusing squares to make circles. My question - how easy to make circles in glass and again what tools would you recommend?

    If you could also make/models of tools this would then be easier to research.

    I didn't want to invest in tools if the process didn't work or the tools were rubbish.

    Any advice or information would be greatfully received.
    Take care

    Kathryn
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  • #2
    I have drilled glass using my Dremel with diamond tipped drill bits- and it's easy once you get the hang of it You need to drill under water to keep it all cool. Not sure about making circles though I reckon a drill bit that does that would be really expensive . My son in law bought a cutter that allows you to make drinking glasses out of beer bottles so i suppose you could make rings of glass that way but that's not what you are after is it lol
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    • #3
      How big would your cirlces want to be?
      How big would you want your holes?

      I could go into a huge list of tools and techniques but it really does depend on the kind of sizes you need.

      Bon
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      • #4
        Thanks for your comments so far.

        Holes in glass - size would be just enough for silver wire/miniature screw, so I guess about 2mm

        Circles - I was thinking of small circles to make pendants, largest 3-4cm in a diameter and working down to about 1-2cm. Two or three sized circles.

        Thanks Purpleglass if you could offer some information.
        Take care

        Kathryn
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        • #5
          I 'use' a Morton circle cutter, I say 'use' as its very difficult and only managed it a couple of times.

          have a look at this PDF tells you more about them.
          http://www.mortonglass.com/pages/Lit/PDF/TCS1-V1RH.pdf
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          • #6
            I had a few goes at drilling smalls holes for pendants, i did them in a tub of water with a bit of glass underneath (this stops the one you are drilling breaking) I got my drill bits (for a dremel) from ebay, i think about 1 mil thick. It worked but i found it a bit of a pain and the drill bit only lasted 1 or 2 pendants. I'm sure there are better bits about tho.

            Cutting small circles is a bit of a pain, i keep eyeing up the morton circle cutter but haven't yet used it. http://www.warm-glass.co.uk/Shop/Pro...?ProductId=927

            A friend of mine uses this one http://www.warm-glass.co.uk/Shop/Pro...ProductId=1211 with great success. She has a fetish for small circles and some of her work is lovely, all seem to be nice and even.

            As im a tight bum i haven't brought one yet tho. I did find a nice little circle cutter in B&Q tho. It was in the section with all the stanley knives and stuff. Mostly sucessfull, tho i think a grinder is essential.

            Think i may fork out for one of the Easycut now i've spoken about it!
            Bah damn this forum!
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            • #7
              Thanks Purpleglass

              I thought the dremmel would not be able to drill many pieces of glass - it is only a hobby tool (although a good one). The dremmel was my initial thought, but I think someone will have to recommend something more 'industrial'. It could be quite costly replacing drill bits for the dremmel.

              I don't know why I didn't think of Warm Glass for the cutter - duh!

              This was very useful and a handy tool to have around - I think I will also buy this one (when it's back in stock).

              Thanks once again

              ONly left with the drilling holes equipment - if anyone can recommend something.
              Take care

              Kathryn
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              • #8
                I have an easy lens cutter and it is far from easy!! Yes it scores nicely, but getting even and unbroken circles out is quite hard.

                I found that I could make great cirlce pendants from using hollow circular shelf feet turned upside down with kiln wash. just fill with frit or off cuts!! sometimes you may have to smooth off and fire again but it is still less wasteful and fiddly than the circle cutter!!!

                Ps if you want mine Pm me!! LOL

                I have yet to try out my dremmel!!!
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                • #9
                  Useful information

                  Thanks for the useful information I was also thinking about a circular cutter but my lateral brain didnt think that laterally.

                  Great idea.

                  As for drilling still not sure what is the best way. I get my drill bits from Axminster for my hobby tool, they arent that expensive but if I was using one per two pendants they would be.

                  Thaks for the ideas

                  Cat'sEyes
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                  • #10
                    That's why i gave up with the drilling tbh, the dremmel worked with diamond bits but like you say, will turn costly.
                    We use a waterfed bench drill for holes in clocks etc, that is amazing and never have breaks, but i'd not like to use it for pendants as it's so big, wonder if you can get a mini version?

                    Glamglass, before giving you circle cutter away try this technique....

                    Cut a square at least 20-25 bigger each side of the circle you want cutting, cut the circle. Then on a bit of tissues turn the piece of glass over and put pressure on the score (on the side that isnt scored) not to much pressure but enough to chase the score around the whole circle. (the score will sometimes run off but not normally more than one)
                    When the score goes all the way around tuen it back over onto score side up. Put pressure on the score again untill it pops, do this in 2maybe 3 places.
                    Then score 4 lines from the edge of the glass to the outside edge of the circle, one of each of the sides. Tap these carefully to run the line to the circle, voila a little circle. Not sure how small this technique will work for but worth a try. I've been making poker guards doing it this way, worse circle i've had ( with my dodgy little circle cutter from b&q) is one big bur to groze or grind off.

                    Bon
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                    • #11
                      All in all it appears to be quite difficult tasks - shall I give up on the idea??

                      The easycut isn't expensive, but still could be a waste of money if I can't get on with it.

                      Now, I don't know what to do about the circles.

                      Thanks for all your help.
                      Take care

                      Kathryn
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                      • #12
                        Warm glass also sell pre cut circles, for me this is the easiest option for circle things

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                        • #13
                          Doh, never thought of that option, i'm too tight for that tho
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