How do I drill glass?
Drilling glass or sea glass is a very delicate process. Glass is both extremely hard and durable, yet completely fragile at the same time. A temperamental substance like this requires a skilled hand and gentle finesse...
One of our most utilized tools here at SwellColors Glass Studio is a Dremel hand drill that we use to drill glass. The most important thing to know about drilling glass is that is can be dangerous! Glass shards are very hazardous to the lungs. Because of that, anytime that we drill glass, the piece of glass MUST be submerged in a shallow bath of water. Otherwise, you risk both causing great damage to your only set of lungs, as well as completely damaging your expensive drill bit. Be careful not to drop your Dremel in the water and use a GFI outlet.
But with a bit of guidance and practice, all of our artisans in the studio have become experts in drilling glass. We drill each and every glass ornament that we make by hand, as well as all of the sea glass that we use in our wire wrapped jewelry. Bring your own sea glass in today, and get some custom jewelry made out of your treasured beach finds! Take our fall workshop and learn first hand how to drill your own sea glass.