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« on: February 13, 2007 07:58:06 PM »


My nephew is into bonsai and found this great vessel to use BUT: no drainage holes.

Can I drill an opening or two into a glazed, decorative pot? 
Or would trying be destined to shattering results?

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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2007 08:15:03 PM »

I think you'd be okay if you used a diamond point drill bit.
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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2007 11:51:33 PM »

In my ceramics class I took last semester ppl had to dremel things that they made for one reason or another. Just go slow and steady. A diamond point would probably work well.
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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2007 02:08:52 PM »

Drilling ceramic is basically the same as drilling glass and/or stone (especially if it is high-fired stoneware - it's a little easier if it's a low-fired clay and glaze).  You definitely need a diamond bit, and you should wet the surface as you drill.  It will also take you a long, long time and a fair amount of pressure to drill through your piece, so I would not recommend it as a regular practice!  Much easier to drill holes in greenware. 

I'm a newbie here but I run a ceramics studio, so I'm speaking from experience!   Wink
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2007 02:36:29 PM »

go very slow and dont use excess pressure. if you push down it can either split the item or make a chip or crack...and use the diamond bit.
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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2007 02:45:18 PM »

Ok, how about you use an ugly green plastic thing for the bonsai & this pot you love to just to hide the plastic pot?? will that work with a bonsai?
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2007 02:57:29 PM »

I recommend covering both sides of the part you are drilling with a piece of masking tape, that has worked for me to keep it from cracking. 
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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2007 05:24:46 PM »

Ok, how about you use an ugly green plastic thing for the bonsai & this pot you love to just to hide the plastic pot?? will that work with a bonsai?

I suggested it, but he likes to have the classic fully-landscaped look that requires a complete soil surface....
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« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2007 03:15:02 AM »

Ok, how about you use an ugly green plastic thing for the bonsai & this pot you love to just to hide the plastic pot?? will that work with a bonsai?

I suggested it, but he likes to have the classic fully-landscaped look that requires a complete soil surface....

well... yes i would imagine that would be the case! Sorry to be the only negative one!! The others gave great answers... good luck! let us know how it goes. (slowly remember!)
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« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2007 08:24:48 AM »

Yes, You'll need a glass and tile drill bit. I bought some a few years ago to make some of those bottle inscence burners.
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