Friday, June 28, 2013

Drill Pressure for diamond drill bits.



Drilling Pressure


Increasing the  pressure on diamond bits makes the bit cut faster. Not a good ideal with diamond bits. With a diamond drill bit, it’s very important that you:


Use very light downward pressure with a touch n” go technique. Let the “drill cut at its own speed.


Use plenty of water as a lubricant. A squirt bottle will often work.


Increasing the drill pressure will only increase the friction and heat. This not only burns up your diamond drill bit, but could also fracture or crack the material you are working with.


When drilling a hole completely through any material,it is important to :Lighten up the pressue even more when you sense the drill bit is about to break through the backside. This reduces chip out on the backside.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

 What Size Diamond Drill Bits is Best For Wine bottles & Glass Blocks

Over the last several years that I have been selling diamond drill bits, I have found that the 5/8 inch diamond bit and the ½ inch drill bit have become the most popular with wine bottle drillers. At one time many wine bottle drillers use a ¾ inch diamond drill bit. The ¾ inch was larger than necessary and was a little unsightly. The half inch hole is a little small and just a little harder to insert the string of Christmas lights. The 5/8 inch hole makes it just a little easier to push in the mini lights.  Lighted wine bottles, lighted whiskey lamps or beer bottle lights are unique and make an excellent accent for any room in the house. They have been a very popular craft item at craft and art shows. You can find a wide variety of lighted wine bottles on e-bay or esty. You can use Google custom search to learn more about how to use diamond drill bits to drill holes in any bottle or glass block. Drill bits diamond coated are not all that expense. You can click on my page  “ for sale.”

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Tips for Inserting DecoTeenty lights In Your Bottle.



Drill your hole in the back side of your bottle. Follow Instructions.

Rinse bottle and dry. You may want to dry it in a warm oven.

Thread your string of Deco Bulbs through one of the snap-in plastic grommets.

Insert Deco bulbs into bottle. Turn bottle neck down and shake bottle so the lights are more evenly distributed. I will often tie a short piece of fishing line near the terminal end of the lights and pull the bulbs up a little tighter in the neck of the bottle. The bottle cork will keep the line tight. If not using a bottle cork you would have to try a little speck of glue to the inside of the bottle neck. What often happens is the lights over time will settle down lower in the bottle leaving the top half with few bulbs.

The Clear Teeny super bright bulbs look really great in the dark colored bottles. Using clear bottles you may want to try multi-colored bulbs.

Be sure to use Darice Deco Teeny bulbs when drilling a 3/8 inch hole. Many string lights have a standard socket which is the same size as standard Christmas lights. If you using the larger bulbs you will need a ½  or 5/8 inch hole.  




Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sea Glass  How to Make Your own

Check out flea markets, garage sale re-sale shops to find vintage bottles

Tumbling vintage bottles to make sea glass I recently found 4 vintage beer bottles at a garage sale. I paid $2.00 for the four of them. They were not in very good condition. By the color and shape of the bottles I would judge them to be about 100 years old. In fact the lady who sold them to me said that she know them to be at least that old. Two of them were cracked and had little value for re-sale. I had the ideal to tumble them to see what kind of faux sea glass I could make. I wrapped the bottle in several layers of old towels and broke it up with a heavy hammer. After sorting through the busted glass I collected just the pieces that would most likely make a nice piece of sea glass jewelry..I have a small toy rock tumbler that I also found at a garage sale. Using just some beach sand and a small amount of Silicon Carbide grit, I let the tumbler run for ten days. I changed the water and sand after first three days and several times after that. To my surprise, the pieces had a very nice crystalline patina and looked very much like genuine sea glass. I would venture a guest that most jewelry makers working with sea glass would not be able to tell the difference. The only distinction that I can make about this man made sea glass is that it was made from an antique beer bottle. I would not advertise it as "pure sea glass" It was fun to make and I enjoy experiencing with tumbling vintage glass bottles. _

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