Someone asked me the other day what the most important tool on my workbench was. I laughed and said “my brain” then I said “my hands”. No she said, she meant an actual tool. That took a little bit of thought. I have many different tools, wire cutters, many different types of pliers, curved, flat and round nose, a few pairs with plastic heads, several pair of crimpers, a bead reamer, as well as a few tools that I’m not even sure of the name of. Some I use many times a day, some not as often.
There are lots of great videos available that show you how to drill sea glass. But, as I quickly learned, NOTHING teaches you quite like experience, and we each find a way that is comfortable for us.
Of course the first thing you want to do is learn how to drill without breaking the sea glass or “blowing out” the back of the glass, and that takes time and patience. Make sure when you start that you’re using crap glass because you’re going to have to learn how much pressure to apply, or should I say how much pressure NOT to apply to the drill. For me, and most others that is the hardest part. I have to admit that I “blew out” the back of lots of pieces of glass before I settled in. Continue reading