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Firo
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« on: March 31, 2012, 10:56:27 AM »

I am trying to drill small holes in fused glass earrings and pendants but cannot seem to find diamond tip drill bits that fit a dremel.
I have drilled some with a glass and tile bit but it took forever and after a few it seemed to get blunt and my hands were cramping.
Any ideas, stockists (online) really gratefully received to make my life a little easier.
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Avril
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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2012, 11:16:50 AM »

Warm Glass sell these - sets and singles
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2012, 01:20:48 PM »

  Diamond drill bits from here, http://www.manchesterminerals.co.uk/acatalog/Lapidary_accessories.html#aDiaDrill  half way down the page, should do the trick as long as you keep the bit cooled while drilling - under water in a little tub is best (obviously with all the normal caution with electric tools near water etc)
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2012, 02:17:27 PM »

The best diamond bits I've come across are from the fab Eternal Tools http://www.eternaltools.com/diamond-drill-bits/

(their small diamond files are fantastic as well)
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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2012, 04:38:55 AM »

Thanks you guys I now kniw where to order from. Many thanks  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2012, 03:32:08 PM »

I can also vouch for eternal tools very friendly and helpfull people. I used their 3mm diamond core drills to put holes in fused glass incense burners but even using the slow speeds recommended on their web site the bit only managed 4 holes.
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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2012, 04:05:55 PM »

Just google for diamond core drills or diamond wire drill. The cheap ones work reasonably well.
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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2012, 05:31:13 PM »

I get mine from a guy in the US who used to be on Ebay but darn if I can find his name right now (senior moment) - sells by the 100 so you get hit for customs but I found they lasted as long as the Eternal Tools ones but are far far cheaper.  

ETA - David Clayton http://www.jadecarver.com/DiamondTools.htm - 100 x 1.5mm drills were $75 + P&P, he has all sizes.  I use them for drilling sea glass, they might do a couple of pieces, they might do 10 but suspect some of that is me getting impatient.  I use them in a Dremel fitted in a drill press.
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« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2012, 08:10:15 AM »

Warm glass.  2mm diamond drill bit at approx 3 a drill!
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« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2012, 11:53:23 AM »

Axminster power tools do a box of assorted (20) for about 7

Correction ! I just looked it up its 30 for 5.85. If you need a pendant drill their heavy duty version is fantastic.
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« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2012, 12:40:01 PM »

Axminster power tools do a box of assorted (20) for about 7

Correction ! I just looked it up its 30 for 5.85. If you need a pendant drill their heavy duty version is fantastic.

Why can't I find them on their site.  Have you got a link Glyn?

Agree, their tools are fantastic.
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« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2012, 03:08:20 PM »

Sorry but I am a bit dim with things like links but the product reference is:
Diamond burrs 410037
Pendant drill 300228
If you go to www.axminster.com and put in the reference numbers it should come up (hopefully).
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« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2012, 02:58:11 PM »

Warm glass 2mm and attach to my dermel and drill on a bit of wood immersed in water x
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« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2012, 03:35:09 AM »


If you go to www.axminster.com and put in the reference numbers it should come up (hopefully).

Confused by drills in a carpet company - it's www.axminster.co.uk if anyone else is looking.
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« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2012, 03:44:32 AM »

That made me larf. We need a 'like' button...
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