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How to make Holes in Fused Glass

Postby vsanches357 » Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:08 am

Hello,

I was wondering if there is any way of making holes in a fused glass piece without having to drill?

Sorry if it is a silly question, but I wasnt sure if there was something I could use in the kiln before full fusing the glass that would leave a hole? Like placing an object on the top layer that would melt through etc?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you :)
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Re: How to make Holes in Fused Glass

Postby beachwalkerboxes » Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:44 pm

I've never seen anything like what you describe. There are molds, like for pendants, that have little spikes in them to make holes, but I've only ever seen them used with frit packed into them.
It's super easy to drill holes in glass, though. I was really hesitant to learn to do it, but with the Foredom it's very easy and we've made tiny holes in even really small pieces. Not sure if you can use a Dremel with water or not- never tried it. If you're going to need holes in many pieces, you might want to invest in a Foredom:
http://www.denverglass.com/foredom.html
We love ours. We cut, grind, polish, etch, and poke holes with it. Good luck!
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Re: How to make Holes in Fused Glass

Postby vsanches357 » Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:53 am

Thank you very much! I'll give it a try!
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Re: How to make Holes in Fused Glass

Postby marykaynitchie » Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:41 pm

It is pretty easy to drill small holes in glass with a Dremel tool and a diamond-tipped bit.
Here is a video (for subscribers) demonstrating how:
"Drilling Small Holes in Glass":
https://videos.bullseyeglass.com/videos ... -in-glass/

"Drilling Small Holes in Jewelry and Ornaments":
And here is an article (free): http://www.bullseyeglass.com/methods-id ... ments.html

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