Cutting glass globes

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  1. phaedrus42

    phaedrus42 Subscriber

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    I have quite a few cut globes in regular use for some years now and not one has cracked yet. You can sand down the cut edge with 100 grit sandpaper and water on a flat surface. If you have an oxy-acetylene torch, you can flame polish the cut edge by rotating the globe on a turn-table and gradually heating up the edge with a soft flame until it just starts to melt.
     
  2. ColinG

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    That's exactly what I want to do!
     
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    i will have to look more into this.
     
  4. Tony Press

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    Yesterday, I made a hole in a Coleman glass (for practice). :lol:

    I have a badly cracked Coleman glass (chimney) that I wanted to practice glass cutting on.

    I recently bought a hole-cutter for making holes in glass.

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    I drilled the hole with plenty of water. It was tricky getting the hole started. You can see the scratches from the drill slipping in this photo:

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    I then used a MAPP torch to soften the glass around the hole:

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    I’m quite pleased with the result. Mind you, I won’t be trying this on an irreplaceable glass.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    @Tony Press

    Tony, did you use a hand held drill or use a drill press?
    Nice first hole. :thumbup:
     
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    Yes, Willis & Bates gave up drilling holes in Vapalux glass globes way back in the 1940s. Apparently, far too many broke and it wasn't economically viable - especially when the solution was simply to have the globes made slightly shorter so they could be lifted within the globe cage to allow priming and lighting.

    Good effort, Tony... :thumbup: :clap:
     
  7. Tony Press

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    Thanks, David.

    @ROBBO55

    I used a battery operated hand held Ryobi 2-speed drill as it was it had lower RPM than my drill press. I’ll try the drill press next on this broken glass.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    As for a hole : would heating the globe up and punching a hole through not be a better way ?
     
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    @Tony Press

    Tony, you did very well to drill the hole by hand and not shatter the glass. :thumbup:
    A drill press should significantly reduce the scratching. Slow and steady without a lot of pressure.
     
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    thankyou for posting this. just cut a Veritas 350 globe. turned out very nice. cut down a helix hurricane lamp glass. search robert welch uk if anyone wants one. thanks to Phil. :clap:
     
  12. george

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    This is great! Thanks so much. Drilling holes in the glass can drive you nuts! I have two E41 lanterns and they take the glass with the hole. Fortunately, both have holes. I can't imagine trying to drill holes in globes with my hands!:cry: Arthritis took care of that endeavour years ago.:-&:-#
     

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