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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Jameson Lamp on: November 26, 2012 10:58:04 AM
I love the lamp.  I often drill bottles or glass block to put strings of LED Christmas lights inside.  I've never thought of using a bottle to make a shaded lamp.

The slight chipping on drilling your glass bottle was probably caused by too much pressure or possibly from lack of water lubrication.  The best How-To advice I've found on drilling glass is here:


I've learned that I need to "back off" on the pressure when I get nearly through the glass.  Otherwise, it tends to chip out some on the backside, just like when drilling in wood.

2  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best/Cheapest way to drill small holes in glass bottles? on: January 24, 2011 10:10:52 AM
Hollow "core" style diamond drill bits work best.  I tried my Dremel tool with a diamond tip, but it dodn't work well for my projects.  Then I moved on to a diamond core drill bit and it worked great.  I used my barrery hand drill for a while, then bought a small inexpensive drill press.  When I'm drilling bottles, I get about 250+ holes per bit when I drill in a water bath.

Diamond Drill Bits for Drilling in Glasshttp://www.ameriglasco.com/Glass-Diamond-Drill-Bits/Diamond-Drill-Bits.shtml

Drilling Glass Block and Bottleshttp://www.ameriglasco.com/Glass-Diamond-Drill-Bits/Diamond-Core-Drill-How-To-Drill-Glass.shtml

How to Drill Glass and Tilehttp://www.diamond-drill-bit-and-tool.com/Diamond-Drill/DD1.shtml

Good Luck
3  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dremmel for cutting glass 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.


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


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!

4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: can you etch mirror surfaces? on: July 14, 2010 02:23:03 PM
The only problem I've had etching mirrors is that it gives a "halo" affect when you look at it from an angle - you see the etching and also the reflection of the etching.

Most of the time mine looked really great but sometimes it made the etching look a little fuzzy and I didn't like it.  I've never been able to tell why some looked good and others didn't.  Maybe it's just personal opinion.

Good Luck!
5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need ideas to recycle huge wine jugs! on: July 14, 2010 02:14:36 PM
I make a lot of wine bottles and booze bottles into "light bottles".  I'm not sure about your really large size though.  I normally put a 60 to 100 string of mini Christmas lights into the bottles and decorate them with ribbon etc. 

You might need several strings of lights.  Also, the best lights are the led ones which have a random blink controller which causes them to blink and twinkle.  I've also included other ribbons or Mylar in some bottles with the lights to add to the affect.

The projects are really simple except for drilling a hole near the bottom to run the cord out.  But that is very easy to do with a good diamond drill bit and the right drilling techniques.

Good luck on the bottles.  I have seen a few of the 5 Liter bottles and they are really neat, so there must be a good craft project for them.  If you want to try the lights, let me know and I'll give you a few pointers to make it very easy and save you all the learning time I went through.

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