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Who needs an expensive machine for drilling holes in sea glass!

by Toshi Kanno
(El Granada CA)

Glass pieces with holes and the drill bit for glass and tile .

Glass pieces with holes and the drill bit for glass and tile .

~ craft project submitted by Toshi Kanno 

 I wonder how many people bought those expensive drilling machines to make holes on the sea glasses. 

I was ready to get one, too.  But the one I wanted wasn't available at the store right away.

I was telling the sales person why I needed the machine.

Well, I didn't have to buy the machine after all!

He recommended the drill bit especially made for glass and tile. It wasn't really cheap but it's about tenth of the cost of the machine.

If you have an electric hand drill, just get the bit for glass and tile (don't buy the cheap one, they won't last). Now you are ready for the project !

It works fine and it's so easy, too. I didn't even bother to wet the glass to drill the hole (see important note below).

The key to drill the hole using this drill bit is that you drill almost to the other side and turn it over and drill from the other side.

This way, you don't have to worry about chipping the edge of the hole. Works every time.

~ craft project submitted by Toshi Kanno

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by: Selkie

What model of Dremel is recommended?

Presently I just want to drill holes in my beach glass, but eventually will move to using a Dremel for filing, sanding, cutting, polishing.

Lin here at Odyssey says:

Although any Dremel will work, I would recommend

1) Plug-in model (not battery powered) for example, the Dremel 4000-2/30 with Tool Kit
2) Variable speed as above
3) Think about also buying a Dremel 225-01 Flex Shaft AttachmentWhich Dremel is best for drilling sea glass
4) A very much-appreciated accessory for the future is the Dremel Work Station
work station for dremel to drill sea glass

Who needs an expensive machine for drilling SG
by: CCRN Girl

I have been drilling sea glass since 2009.

I use a hand Dremel in a drill press. I only use diamond drill bits, mostly 1mm, 1.5mm & 2mm.

First, I encourage wearing safety glasses always! Not just eye glasses.

Next, using the drill press keeps your hands free to manipulate the glass & the press lever.

Always drill with water! It cools the glass, lubricates, & keeps you from breathing in the fine glass particles in your lungs.

I use a plastic container with a block of wood & a sponge.

I drill each piece of glass under water. Yes, under water.

I have much success with this technique!!

There is a need for "expensive" machines
by: Andreas

I have one of these "expensive" watercooled drilling machine and never regreted the investment.

I use it mainly to drill holes into gemstones but of course it's pretty good for drilling seaglass as well.

The diamond drill drills up to 1000 holes into gemstones and probably up to 2000 holes into glass (it's a much weaker material than e.g. quartz).

The time spent on drilling a hole through a piece of glass is ~ 20 seconds, a blindhole on top to glue an eylets in is drilled in ~ 10 seconds.

The constant water stream cooling the glass and the drill makes perfect holes and avoids the chipping on the edges.

I love it, and considering the amount of stones/glass you can drill with one bit, the time spent per drill, the quality and the failure rate (< 1%) relativized the investment already.

Can I use a cheap Dremel?
by: Kim

I was wondering if I could use a cheap mini mite cordless Dremel to drill sea glass? If so, do I also need a drill bit for diamond drills?

I'm new to this so just making sure I can get everything I need in one stop!



Glass drill bit?
by: Sandy


In the article that Toshi Kanno wrote, there was a photo of the drill bit.

However, in your comments you include a link to another site that sells drill bits which are clearly not the one in the photo.

This is a bit misleading because the story is about one drill bit and then if we go to buy it, we end up with a core bit, which is not the one that the story is about.

Can you please correct that so we know which one to buy?



Hi Sandy,

Thanks for bringing that to our attention. I have changed the link to go to a jewelry-size bit of the type best used for small sea glass.

Again, thank you for the heads up,

David and Lin

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Drilling sea glass
by: Anonymous

I need some one to help drilling my sea glass. I'm just a beginner.

Will drill
by: Nancy

I will drill glass for anyone of any amount (as I am unemployed) I have so much drilled right now, I think I better start making my jewelry.

If you are interested in having me drill your glass for just contact me at nancylatimer2010 (at) yahoo.com

And we'll go from there!


Nancy Latimer

where to get your sea glass drilled
by: gina

Here is a response to "where to get you seaglass drilled" I just came across this site, hope it helps. As for me Im gonna try using my dremel.
good luck


I need someone to drill the holes in the beach glass
by: marlene mariani

Can you drill beach glass holes for my beach glass?

Hi Marlene,

Unfortunately, we don't offer that service anymore.

However, perhaps one of our viewers does and will let you know who to contact.

David (editor)



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by: Toshi Kanno

In my article about drilling holes using a hand drill with glass and tile...

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Hi David,

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Thanks again to you and your wife.


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I am so fascinated by sea glass - I can’t believe at 70 I found a new hobby.

Thanks for the opportunity to search and read up on this!


Your site made me so happy tonight! Why?

Many happy memories swirled back into my mind when I saw your pictures. I spent my childhood on the beaches of Cape Cod and we spent many happy hours looking for sea glass."


It is a pleasure and refreshing to meet people in the sea glass community that are willing to share! I got some great tips from your site. It was wonderful not to spend my entire vacation looking for a beach. Thanks again!

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Hi David and Lin.

Love your sea glass web site. I enjoy your picture of the month and intend on winning at least once.

I have been collecting and creating things from sea glass for over twenty years. I find my sea glass on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland Ohio.

Thank you for sharing your treasures with me. Yours truly,

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Keep up the great work!


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Hi David,

Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your newsletters.

I never even knew about sea glass before 2 years ago, now of course I'm hooked, love it, just love it.


Hi David and Lin - I love your website! Thank you for sharing info...


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Jacqueline Giguere

Just wanted to let you know (since you were so helpful) that I won a blue ribbon (1st place) in Gifford Middle School Science Fair in the category of Environmental Science with my topic - Effect of a Florida Tidal Inlet on Wrack Line Sea Glass Volume.

Now, I will compete in the Regional Science Fair which will take place on Feb 2nd. My mom and dad and I had a lot of fun searching for sea glass.


Mary Hyde

I am beginning to be a typical sea glass hunter - always looking for fun places to find glass!

I think your site is great - very informative - thanks for the time and effort you put into it.


I am beginning to be a typical sea glass hunter - always looking for fun places to find glass!

I think your site is great - very informative - thanks for the time and effort you put into it.


I love your email newsletters. I am 77 and try to get "glassin" whenever anyone will take me to the beach!! :-))

P. Paul

Hi David

Just wanted to tell you thank you for the monthly sea glass newsletter. I love it, and look for ward to it.

Thanks again to you and your wife,

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Hi David and Lin!

I SO enjoy you newsletter! Please forward it to my sister. I've got her hooked on the beauty of sea glass!

Thanks in advance! Happy foraging.

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Hi David and Lin,

I have shared your website with my other sea glass fanatic friends over the last couple of years and they love it as much as I do.

Yours is my favourite website of all time and the very best website I've seen for everything sea glass.

I can lose myself for hours in your website. Dangerous place!

Anne O, Toronto

Thanks so much for the information.

I visited Carbon Beach today.

Very small and few people but a nice supply of glass just as you stated.



Hi Lin and David,

I have come to sea glass via my shell collecting and am finding it very addictive too. Last year I found a glass bottle stopper which was a thrill.

I really enjoy the newsletter and can easily spend an evening getting lost in the stories and comments.


Anne Cram

Just wanted to thank you for all of your helpful information.

The sea glass community is filled with people who guard their secret beaches so it is refreshing to see that there are people who are willing to share.

It's so useful for those of us that don't live near a beach and travel to find our glass.

The information posted here lets us spend more time enjoying our adventure rather than wasting time looking for a great spot

Thanks again,

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Kudos to this wonderful site and for those who share their finds.

You've got a friend in me,

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I love your site, thanks for all the wonderful info.

I'm looking forward to my new hobby and participating in your odyssey Seaglass forum.



David & Linda,

So wonderful to have crossed paths with you and thanks for sharing your expertise on sea glass along with your wonderful website.

Ann & I have caught your infectious seaglass fever! Hope to cross paths again soon.

Happy and safe traveling!

Richard C. Wong · Portland, Oregon

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