In this post How to drill China, I hope to encourage you to think outside the box with those thrift store teacups you’ve been saving.
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This is the type of bit I used. Jamie bought it for me for Christmas at Home Depot. It is a diamond bit. I found a great deal for a set of diamond bits (amazon affiliate link).
This was my first attempt at drilling glass. I’ve learned several things since this.
Items needed for drilling china
- Thrift store china like saucers and teacups
- Old towel
- Plastic tub
- Diamond Drill Bit
- Heavy Duty Drill
How to drill china
Step # 1 Add a rag and water to the bottom of a plastic tub
I placed my bowl in a container of water on an old rag to keep it from trying to turn as I drilled.
Step # 2 Use a diamond drill bit You need to use water when you use a diamond bit to keep the glass cool.
Step # 3 Drill slowly allowing the water to keep the china cool
Isn’t it cute? It is a little difficult to get the hole right in the middle of a round object.
The clamp is holding a piece of scrap wood because the tub was wanting to “walk” across the table.
How does my phone seem to end up in so many pictures?
Step # 4 on large items use the rim of the plate to hold the water
This plate was too large to fit in the tub, but no problem. Almost all of the dishes I have cut have a rim that naturally pools the water needed for cooling.
Do NOT try to drill glass or china without cooling it with water.
I cut all of these pieces and didn’t break a single one!
I used this small bowl for the “base” of my lamp. The base needs to have an extra hole for your cord.
This is a lamp I curbed. I used the guts of this lamp for my new teacup lamp.
This is a dry fit to see how everything “stacks up”.
I connected my glass pieces with Gorilla Glue Epoxy.
I didn’t intend to paint my pieces, but I used my least favorite pieces as my guinea pigs because I expected to break a bunch of cups and saucers. I didn’t like the variation of the patterns, so I decided to paint it.
I really think I like the simplicity of the white.
This was my prototype. I have made a couple more since this one. It’s not really hard to do, but some pieces can take more almost 3 minutes to drill. Because I want to take care of my drill I let it cool down a little between those pieces.
Mandi @ Vintage Revivals has a great tute on how to drill glass. I will have more details on the other lamps I made for Jan in the days to come. I put mine together a little differently than Mandi.