Drilling Tea Cups or Tea Pots?

mjowest(5)March 14, 2011

Has anyone successfully drilled a tea cup?

I guess I'm looking for a drainage hole, or maybe a bird hole in a tea pot???

any words of wisdom, other than start with one I don't really like? :)

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Marlene Kindred

My DH and I use the same diamond bit that we use on glass plates to drill into china/stoneware and it usually goes through without a problem...in fact much faster than through the glass. That would work for a drainage hole, but I don't know if you could find one big enough for a birdhouse entrance....good question though. I'm thinking it was mzclassic who made a teapot into a birdhouse...you might try doing a search on the GJ forum for her.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2011 at 1:19PM
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Marlene Kindred

Hope this will work...it's the one I was thinking about that mzclassic did a couple of years ago...actually she didn't drill a hole, she glued the top on as an awning.

https://picasaweb.google.com/mzclassic/Garden#5166453336027472258

    Bookmark   March 14, 2011 at 1:23PM
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lindasewandsew(So Cal 9)

Here's the link to a similar thread. Scroll down to see photos of different drill bits. I use a one inch diamond bit like the one in the bottom photo, which is about $30 at HD and Lowes, but will drill a couple of hundred holes if you don't let it overheat. If one inch doesn't make a large enough bird hole, they come in larger sizes. These bits are simple to use and drill through china, ceramic, glass, pottery, just about any material pots are made from. Follow the directions on the package to minimize breakage. Linda

Here is a link that might be useful: Drill bit info

    Bookmark   March 14, 2011 at 5:01PM
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mjowest(5)

thanks! I got a drill press for christmas(!) and have been happily drilling plates, but am ready for a new challenge!
I hope to let you know how it goes.. :)

    Bookmark   March 15, 2011 at 6:38AM
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a.girl.named.max(4a)

I have been successfully using my Dremel with a diamond core bit but Dremel recalled its diamond core bits. So sad. DBF gave me a drill press but I'm intimidated by it so it's just been sitting on my work bench for over six months! The drill press is variable speed and I haven't figured how to clamp tea cups, vases, etc. I seems like I'll need four hands to make it work. Maybe I'll try to garner up enough courage to give it a try next week. Maybe ....

    Bookmark   March 16, 2011 at 8:13AM
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dcarch7

"---and I haven't figured how to clamp tea cups, vases, etc. ---"

Use hot glue gun to glue cup/vase on flat wood, clam wood to drill press.

After hole is drilled, melt glue in oven.

dcarch

    Bookmark   March 16, 2011 at 10:18AM
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a.girl.named.max(4a)

darch,

How hot should the oven be?

Thanks, Max

    Bookmark   March 17, 2011 at 5:54AM
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dcarch7

Rest the cup/vase on something sideways in the oven and gradually turn the heat higher, until the wood base falls off.

If the cup/vase is glass, make sure you don't wet it with water or it will crack if it is still hot.

dcarch

    Bookmark   March 17, 2011 at 10:11PM
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