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  • Can I DRILL GLASS INSULATORS to make salt & pepper shakers?

    Have two small old glass insulators.
    The greenish glass is about 1-inch thick athe rounded top.
    If I couldrill one hole for a salt shaker and two parallel holes for pepper, they would be fun to have on the table and to use.

    Thank you.
    I'd take an educated guess - but I'm unqualified.
    It ain't just soot, it's paydirt.
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    Re: Can I DRILL GLASS INSULATORS to make salt & pepper shakers?

    diamond core drills are you best bet. problem is they are too large unless you want to pour out the salt and pepper.

    i think they make a diamond coated dremel bit that should work.

    check with a good glass company for help unless you have a spare to practice on.

    rick.
    phoebe it is

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    • #3
      Re: Can I DRILL GLASS INSULATORS to make salt & pepper shakers?

      i use to make bottle lamps out of old bottles and had to drill a hole in the bottom for the wire and i used a diamond drill bit that was about a 1/4"
      i used some puddy and made a little dam on the bottom to hold water when i was drilling
      Charlie

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        Re: Can I DRILL GLASS INSULATORS to make salt & pepper shakers?

        Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
        ... i think they make a diamond coated dremel bit that should work.
        check with a good glass company for help unless you have a spare to practice on.
        rick.
        Thank you, PLUMBERICK.
        The drill bit would have to be mounted in a drill press to keep it from sliding off and to drill straight.
        Will call glass companies.
        I'd take an educated guess - but I'm unqualified.
        It ain't just soot, it's paydirt.
        "I swear, wherever Gift goes, argument follows." -Youtube comment

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        • #5
          Re: Can I DRILL GLASS INSULATORS to make salt & pepper shakers?

          I must, that is rather clever, I would never have thought of something like that.

          When you are done, would you mind uploading pictures?

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          • #6
            Re: Can I DRILL GLASS INSULATORS to make salt & pepper shakers?

            Cut a large hole in the insulator, using a diamond core bit (cheap ones are available on the famous auction site) then make an insert out of plastic and epoxy it in place in the hole you drilled.

            You could also make the insert out of 303 or 304 stainless, but stainless is a real pain to drill and you're likely to break small bits.

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            • #7
              Re: Can I DRILL GLASS INSULATORS to make salt & pepper shakers?

              i used a hand drill to drill my glass
              Charlie

              My seek the peek fundraiser page
              http://observatory.mountwashington.o...nal&fr_id=1040


              http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/conditions.php

              new work pictures 12/09
              http://public.fotki.com/hvachawk/

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              • #8
                Re: Can I DRILL GLASS INSULATORS to make salt & pepper shakers?

                I'm guessing those have a high lead content.

                Mark
                "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

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                  Re: Can I DRILL GLASS INSULATORS to make salt & pepper shakers?

                  Originally posted by ToUtahNow View Post
                  I'm guessing those have a high lead content.

                  Mark
                  That would make them the perfect gift for the Inlaws.

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