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    Default question for any glassies out there

    Can anyone tell me the best way to get very small holes, in pieces of very small glass? I want to be able to play around with some bits found whilst beachcombing.....

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    Hi.

    There is a drill bit you can get made specifically for drilling glass.
    I dont know where you get them though.

    Al

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    You can also drill with small copper/brass rods, using an abrasive compound. A strand of heavy gauge auto wire & Brasso can do the trick in a pinch.

    Slow and steady does it, keeping heat to a minimum.
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    With the price of copper at the moment it would be cheaper to buy a drill bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozwinner View Post
    Hi.

    There is a drill bit you can get made specifically for drilling glass.
    I dont know where you get them though.

    Al
    Bunneys, at the tool place. I saw them last weekend (or would have if I'd been in Bunneys, which I am not admitting to! )

    They look like cotton buds with a little sharp diamond bud on one end. Oh alright, they don't look anything like cotton buds, but you can get them in Bunnies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitingmidge View Post

    They look like cotton buds with a little sharp diamond bud on one end. Oh alright, they don't look anything like cotton buds, but you can get them in Bunnies.

    cheers,

    P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skew ChiDAMN!! View Post
    You can also drill with small copper/brass rods, using an abrasive compound. A strand of heavy gauge auto wire & Brasso can do the trick in a pinch.

    Slow and steady does it, keeping heat to a minimum.
    Build a little moat of plastecine (modelling clay) or pottery clay around the hole to contain the cutting fluid.

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    Build a little moat of plastecine
    Beat me to it Joe. We just used water. Our bit was diamond tipped and I used to chuck it up in a variable speed air drill. You could use a hand drill (egg beater type). Slow and steady wins this race.
    "I don't practice what I preach because I'm not the kind of person I'm preaching to."

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    Thanks for all your suggestions. I've found the required drill bit and have some plastecine..even found a friend with a bench press. I'll get through the 347 pieces of glass in no time at all! drilling very slowly of course... Thanks again

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    Just make sure you have a few spares. And don't put too much pressure on the lever if you're using a drill press. Just the weight of your hand and let the drill bit do the work.
    "I don't practice what I preach because I'm not the kind of person I'm preaching to."

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    Righto...a drill press...of course! that's what I'm going to use after I've done a work out with the bench press

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    Glass grinder and a 4mm glass grinding bit. Glass grinder is water fed so makes it all easier.
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