Diamonds ------- Best Friend

dcarch7September 22, 2010

I would really encourage you guys to look into buying:

Diamond core drill bits

Diamond wet saw

Small Drill press.

These tools are inexpensive, especially used ones.

You can do so much more once you have these tools. You can sell more of your work at higher prices.

dcarch

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greensuzq

Thank you for the info. I have just purchased some of these bits and have been drilling some holes. Now I need to find a wet saw and drill press??? I really am taking over my hubbies barn for sure. Have A Great Day!

    Bookmark   September 22, 2010 at 6:37PM
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Calamity_J(z7bc)

Yup, I say to Hubby...Tools, not Jewels! I have diamond bits, tile saw, and a glass ring saw!!! Love drillin' cuttin' sawin'...

    Bookmark   September 22, 2010 at 7:54PM
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concretenprimroses(4B NH)

Good suggestions dcarch. Thanks!
Kathy

    Bookmark   September 22, 2010 at 8:45PM
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a.girl.named.max(4a)

Very good advice!

Glue might be okay for personal projects but I prefer drilling with a diamond core bit if I'm giving my junk/art as a gift or selling it. It seems like I have tried almost every adhesive available and keep going back to the drilling method. I also tried masonry bits but had some trouble with cracking and breakage. Diamond core bits are my best friends.

dcarch, what do you use the wet saw for?

Does anyone have experience using a diamond file?

Thanks everyone for all your inspirations! I love this site.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2010 at 10:18AM
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briergardener_gw

Diamond core drill bits: can you drill glass with them?
If yes, how?

    Bookmark   September 23, 2010 at 5:54PM
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dcarch7

You can use a wet saw to cut glass, tiles, stones, ceramics, etc. Do not cut metal or wood with it.

Diamond files are good to shape small work, also for glass, tiles, etc.

dcarch

    Bookmark   September 23, 2010 at 5:56PM
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dcarch7

Diamond core drill bits:

You can drill very big holes in glass, big big holes.

You also end up with a nice circlar disk of glass that you cut out.

Imagine you drill 2" holes evenly around a plate, and put another one on top and another one on top. Now that's some plate flower!

Then you use all those disks to make something else.

dcarch

    Bookmark   September 23, 2010 at 7:19PM
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a.girl.named.max(4a)

Or... you can drill small holes to add wire and beads around the edge... or cut holes to run a threaded rod through so you can build sturdy totems, bird baths, etc.

I love my diamond core bits.

A Girl Named Max

    Bookmark   September 23, 2010 at 8:10PM
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Calamity_J(z7bc)

Here is a pc of plain glass that I glued some stained glass and agate slices to, after drilling holes to hang stuff with....

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   September 23, 2010 at 8:41PM
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jeannespines

calamity...I absolutely LOVE that art pc ...& especially how you've added that lovely white material as a backdrop. GORGEOUS! TFS! Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2010 at 10:56PM
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briergardener_gw

I don't have any experience with drilling.
So, can somebody tell me if i can use electrical hand held drill with diamond core drills to make small holes in the glass? Do i need to cover glass at first with something like duct tape to prevent splitting? Any other tips on how to do the drilling?
Can i drill holes in ceramic flower pots that don't have drainage holes? Any tips on this kind of work?
thank you for all your great advices.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2010 at 1:35PM
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a.girl.named.max(4a)

Hmmm... I think dcarch or calamity might be better resources, but I'll tell you a little about my experience. I started with my dremel and their new diamond core bit. Unfortunately they recalled the bit so I moved on to the real thing which is a drill press. With the hand held dremel I found that that the glass, plate, pot, cup, whatever might fly out of my hand while I was trying to drill it. Dremel provided an oil with their bits. My other bits recommend using water. You want to go slow and keep the bit cool. It's a method that has a learning curve. I guess that's what makes it an art. Hopefully dcarch or calamity will chime in. I suspect they have a lot more experience and equipment. Hope this helps.

A Girl Named Max

    Bookmark   September 24, 2010 at 10:03PM
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a.girl.named.max(4a)

dcarch, do you have any pics you would be willing to share of things you've made using the really large glass cut outs?

I only have bits that range from 1/8" to 5/8". Do you have to smooth the edges of the large cut outs? If so, what method do you use. I'm wondering if I should invest in larger bits. Thanks much

A Girl Named Max

    Bookmark   September 25, 2010 at 8:40AM
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dcarch7

1. How to drill large holes in glass or ceramics?: Do a search on youtube. There are many videos there.

2. A round silicone carbide sharpening stone or a round diamond file will smooth any rough edges very quickly.

3. I have not gotten into making many of the projects which many here are so good at. The largest hole I have drill thru glass was a four-inch hole thru �" thick glass. But I can imagine the possibilities are endless for new creations. A bottle tree with bottles that whistle? a transparent birdhouse? A bottle bird feeder? A plate flower that no one has seen before? ----------

I had a very large old TV set which I drilled the 4" hole thru the top of the tube. I removed all the things inside the tube and turned that into a gold fish tank. It was very interesting. Only one channel of goldfish swimming.

dcarch

    Bookmark   September 25, 2010 at 8:56AM
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concretenprimroses(4B NH)

Love the tv fishtank idea.
I want a better way to cut glass and bottles than my little bottle cutter. I'll have to look into these things, and talk to dh who may want to weigh in on getting something that is useful to him as well.
Kathy

    Bookmark   September 27, 2010 at 7:44PM
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tehuti

An air compressor and a sears sand blaster, about $250.00 never break a piece of glass again and create holes on uneven surfaces.

my 2�
Robert

    Bookmark   September 27, 2010 at 8:56PM
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dcarch7

Sandblasting is great for creating designs on glass in relief.

dcarch

    Bookmark   September 27, 2010 at 9:16PM
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a.girl.named.max(4a)

My DBF has been talking about getting an air compressor. I should probably encourage him. After all he has been so supportive (enabling) of all my junk, I mean upcycling projects.

A Girl Named Max

    Bookmark   September 27, 2010 at 11:02PM
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tehuti

Right Dcarch. This used to be an old bedroom mirror. I stripped off the frame and sandblasted it from the back. Now it hangs in the hallway. It was harder to take the photo of the mirror than it was to sandblast it and paint the figure.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2010 at 11:36PM
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