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#1 opiumpanda

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 02:16 PM

It's been quite a while since I last posted, I must say, the new layout is very nice!
Back on topic, I was wondering what you guys would think is the easiest way to drill about a 1cm hole into a glass bottle. I am working a little project in which I plan to turn a bottle of 'Bawls' into a lamp. I don't exactly want to ruin this bottle because it costs almost $3 Canadian for one bottle of it and although it tastes great I can't just keep buying them until I get it right.

Any help with the hole drilling would be appreciated. I have a handdrill but only a few bits. None of my bits are Diamond drill bits, which a few sites said are recomended. Thanks in adance.
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#2 TED

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 02:42 PM

Why don't you just experiment with other pieces of glass until you get it right?
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#3 Petrie

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 10:07 PM

Just use an engraving bit for a dremmel and go really really slow and then use increasingly larger drill bit till you reach the correct size
also you could just start with a very small drill bit
you best bet would be to go to a hardware and ask the oldest guy there trust he he will know
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#4 euphemism

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 11:56 PM

You want to use a metal drill, that is to say a drill bit meant for drilling metal. More specifically, a twist drill bit. I suggest you direct your attention to the wikipedia article on drill bits.
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Posted 15 July 2006 - 09:12 PM

Ive herd that you have to submerge the bottle in or else the heat makes it crack. Im not shure but this is what I have herd.
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Posted 16 July 2006 - 09:52 AM

I did this in one of my classes use a drill press with a high speed bit. Wear a mask to prevent the dust inhalation. Only go like 1mm at a time. Go slow! After every 1mm stop and let the glass cool. Wipe it down with a moist rag every few seconds. Not wet or cold! Just moist. thats it
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