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Old 11-18-2020, 01:21 PM
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Put the piece of glass under water in a bucket while you drill. Breaking while drilling is often caused by trying to go too fast.
Also dull bits, impatience, and choosing really, really cheap glass with fun shapes like my beer glasses and wine glasses I think the dull bits part is the most critical, I don't know how often ya'll replace yours, but it seems like they are honestly only good for a couple vases, and so I end up needing a bit of force to keep it going, and tend to break the glass right when it "punches" through. For a while I was breaking glasses more often and realized that I didn't have my drill bit in far enough and it was oscillating enough to cause problems.

The wood shim mentioned above is also something I haven't tried, but I am now going to etch my holes with the vibra-marker I used for etching the glass numbers, and I suspect that will get me started a lot easier.

I haven't tried FULLY submerged though.
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Are you using a diamond bit hole saw MrGuy? It does make a lot of difference. I can drill about 75 +/- glasses before I can tell it's time to replace. Could likely get more, but it's easier and faster to buy a new bit.

Completely underwater I don't believe is necessary and don't think it would improve the process. Just a very slow trickle or a second person willing to squirt water every five or so seconds works well, especially when drilling a bunch at a time.

I sure understand the patience part. I'm not very, and find myself sometimes gritting my teeth that the process is taking longer than I thought it should
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Old 11-19-2020, 10:30 AM
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Are you using a diamond bit hole saw MrGuy? It does make a lot of difference. I can drill about 75 +/- glasses before I can tell it's time to replace. Could likely get more, but it's easier and faster to buy a new bit.

Completely underwater I don't believe is necessary and don't think it would improve the process. Just a very slow trickle or a second person willing to squirt water every five or so seconds works well, especially when drilling a bunch at a time.

I sure understand the patience part. I'm not very, and find myself sometimes gritting my teeth that the process is taking longer than I thought it should
I suspect we are arriving at the core of my incompetency. I have bits that are labeled as glass/ceramic available from the big box hardware store. I don't think they are diamond, and looking on Lowes.com makes me think what was readily available was carbide and steel bits.

They are this product, or a very similar one, labeled on the package for ceramics and glass: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-4-Pi...t-Set/50041536
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I suspect we are arriving at the core of my incompetency. I have bits that are labeled as glass/ceramic available from the big box hardware store. I don't think they are diamond, and looking on Lowes.com makes me think what was readily available was carbide and steel bits.

They are this product, or a very similar one, labeled on the package for ceramics and glass: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-4-Pi...t-Set/50041536
Yep, it appears so. I tried one of those when first learning, and it was impossible. Get one similar to this, and don't look back... (Google 1/4" diamond hole saw or diamond hole bit)

https://www.amazon.com/Diamond-Ceram...797523&sr=8-15
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Yep, it appears so. I tried one of those when first learning, and it was impossible. Get one similar to this, and don't look back... (Google 1/4" diamond hole saw or diamond hole bit)

Amazon.com
Thanks, going to give those a try. Obviously, I'll be needing new vases sooner than later.

I really kind of love the terrarium of orchid effect with the big fish bowls and I wish I had more space to display them properly. I need to get some like, center piece punch bowls and see if I can get a similar effect.
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Thanks, going to give those a try. Obviously, I'll be needing new vases sooner than later.

I really kind of love the terrarium of orchid effect with the big fish bowls and I wish I had more space to display them properly. I need to get some like, center piece punch bowls and see if I can get a similar effect.
One of my first SH containers was a big crystal punch bowl inherited from my mom. It was a cool display. They're great for orchids that like to ramble around. I'm sure mom was rolling in her grave when I found it and decided to use it. But Mom... who uses crystal punch bowls for parties now? The punch cups weren't very useable... not enough depth for most orchids I grow, but I drilled the bottom of a few and used the little crystal luncheon plates as saucers for some AV's. Pretty fancy, huh?
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One of my first SH containers was a big crystal punch bowl inherited from my mom. It was a cool display. They're great for orchids that like to ramble around. I'm sure mom was rolling in her grave when I found it and decided to use it. But Mom... who uses crystal punch bowls for parties now? The punch cups weren't very useable... not enough depth for most orchids I grow, but I drilled the bottom of a few and used the little crystal luncheon plates as saucers for some AV's. Pretty fancy, huh?
I hear that's what they call, "orchid culture".
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Yep, it appears so. I tried one of those when first learning, and it was impossible. Get one similar to this, and don't look back... (Google 1/4" diamond hole saw or diamond hole bit)

Amazon.com
That was laughably easier.
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That was laughably easier.
So you've tried one now?
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