Drilling beach glass...?

by Rebecca

What would you recommend to drill beach glass so it doesn't shatter ?

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Drilling Beach Glass with Water
by: Lori

I drill beach glass while it's submerged in water or at least by keeping it wet, prevents it from breaking or shattering most of the time, you can also use masking tape, but the water works wonders...good luck.

by: Anonymous

I use very small diamond bits & I like the small ball ends the best. Also I do keep piece submerged in water & drill on a piece of wood, seems to keep it pretty stable. I get my set of drills at Menards for about $8.00. They wear down pretty fast but there are several small bits in the set. I am sure there are others out there I just haven't found them yet!

Safety first
by: Cris Ramos


I have a "thing" for beach glass too...
To drill it you need a Dremel, diamond drill bits and water.
There are two reasons to use water:
1st: To cool off the drill and the glass
2nd: To prevent you from breathing in the powder from the glass. It is very dangerous for your lungs to breathe in the glass powder!

Start by marking the glass with a sharpie, make a dot on both sides of the glass. Submerge it in the water and start drilling, when you are half way through turn the glass to the other side and start drilling again. This prevents the shattering and it prevents the little flaws caused by the exiting drill bit.

I hope to have helped a bit!

Cris, from DeCris Creations - Blog
DeCris Creations on Artfire

drilling beach glass
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much for all of your help.


Use Industrial Diamond Tipped "Core Sampling" Bits
by: whiskey1973

Use industrial diamond tipped "core" bits.

Use them underwater or create a small reservoir with silly putty or similar material to contain a bit of water or industrial cutting oil.

Use a low to medium speed.

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