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« on: March 28, 2010 09:39:41 AM »

Hi - my wife wants to get a dremmel for general diy jobs as well as craft work - including cutting the bottoms of bottles - any reccomendations on which model and if this is even possible ? Cheers
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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2010 06:16:03 AM »

Dremels are great for many things, but cutting glass bottles is not among them.

The model I have is the 4000. Power and options. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2010 10:11:23 AM »

You can cut glass with a diamond cut off wheel on a dremel. It's not your best option and you need to use water to keep the dust down. You do not want to breathe it. 

A better option, less toxic, would be a normal glass cutter. It has been a long time ago, high school, but I think we had an attachment that held the cutter steady, rotate the bottle against the cutter and tap bottle bottom to make the cut.

Good Luck!
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« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2010 12:10:07 AM »

You can cut glass with a diamond cut off wheel on a dremel. It's not your best option and you need to use water to keep the dust down. You do not want to breathe it. 

A better option, less toxic, would be a normal glass cutter. It has been a long time ago, high school, but I think we had an attachment that held the cutter steady, rotate the bottle against the cutter and tap bottle bottom to make the cut.

Good Luck!

You are right and this can be the better option to opt so that to avoid glass dust gets into your lungs. Normal glass cutter would be the better option and this will be more helpful but, water is required here too.

Thanks

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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2010 09:52:19 AM »

I have used a dremel with a diamond saw bit to cut through glass bottles to make a "slot" so that I could mosaic them and make them into coin banks, but I quickly found out it was MUCH easier to cut through a lid. When I did cut through the glass, I did it at the sink under running water. I wouldn't really recommend cutting more fragile glass (most stained glass) that way, though, it's liable to crack.
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« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2010 01:34:33 PM »

I've tried Dremels too and they don't work very well on glass, even with a diamond tip.

If you are just trying to make a hole in the bottle, a good diamond drill bit works fine and you can use them with a regular hand drill or a small drill press.

     http://www.diamonddrillandtool.com/

I also found an extensive section on techniques, with a section specifically about drilling in glass bottles.

      http://www.diamond-drill-bit-and-tool.com/Diamond-Drill/DD1.shtml

I've been drilling glass bottles for many years and have never broken one since I learned how to do it.  It's very simple if you have the right tool and the right techniques.

Good Luck!

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