I spotted this beautiful piece of blue sea glass in my stash today.
Too large for earrings, too rounded for a pendant, it was perfect for the curve of a wrist. So I got out the much used jewel of my tool collection – my mini-drill press — and went to work.
You would be amazed how many people say to me – “I tried to drill a hole in my sea glass, but the glass kept breaking.” That’s because they don’t remember their beginning chemistry classes. By drilling at a high speed into glass, you are basically heating and cooling it very quickly, which will cause it to shatter. To remedy this problem, you always drill glass under a thin layer of water, and you raise the drill bit frequently while drilling to allow more water to go into the drill hole to continually keep the temperature even. I just take the wood block that is always on my drill press and drop it into a plastic container with just enough water to cover the block and any glass piece I might be drilling.
I also use special diamond hollow bore bits from Rio. (Linda loves to tell people the only diamonds we will ever have are on our tools) These babies drill perfect hole in glass. You can use non-hollow bore if you want smaller holes, but make sure they are diamond coated.
Here is what the holes look like after drilling.
I strung this piece on a not very attractive piece of ribbon I had. I would love it if someone out there would recommend a good source for some of the beautifully multicolored silk ribbons I have seen on other jewelry, since I am not so fond of the plain black.