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Drilling holes in glass

In the ideal world, drilling holes in glass would be as simple as drilling in wood. Unfortunately, drilling in glass generates heat that must be dissipated by the use of water or a similar coolant. If the heat is permitted to build up, the glass will overheat and crack or shatter.

Because of this difficulty, a number of different drilling techniques have been developed to cope with the dynamics of drilling glass.  Some of the most common methods are:

In addition to keeping the glass cool while drilling, all of these methods require that drilling take place slowly and usually after all fusing and slumping is complete. 

Future tips will discuss each of these three drilling methods in detail.  Click the links above to go the tips that have been written.

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