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are working to make our stained glass
business more dynamic. It's fun to work on
great projects. The most recent has been a
series of 12 panels that are mostly clear
panels with lots of textures for a home in
Salt Lake City.
like them so much, we plan to take many
pictures so we can use the designs in a
book of patterns we 're planning.
a search on Facebook for "Gomm
Stained Glass" to join our group.
Keyan presented grandson Landon with Eagle
award at a scout ceremony, who then pinned
mom and dad with parents pins.
hung several panels at Provo Art and
Frame, where we were the featured artists
we showed how to use a drill bit to drill a
hole in glass. If we show that, we have to
show how to drill using a grinder. I'm
hoping that the technique will be very
valuable to other artists.
Holes In Glass
Some of the pictures have a slightly blurry quality
because they were lifted right out of the video that goes with the
You can view the video by clicking
I start by tracing around the jewel using a
Silver Sharpie marker which doesn't come off in water as easily as a
black one. The glass is wet because I've ground around it to get rid of
Here's the marked glass. I want to grind out the
circle inside of the marker.
The grinder bit attached to the Inland grinder is a
As you grind, you want push down on the glass
not sideways. Pushing sideways runs the risk of bending the thin bit
which would put it out of round and cause a lot of wobbling as you
I make sure to add water using a sponge on top of
A bit of pressure on the bit making sure it touches
the spot where I want the hole.
I rock the glass back and forth so that
different surfaces of the bit make contact with the glass. This will
extend the life of the bit.
I add water to the top of the bit often to keep it
When I get a good hole started on the back, I use
the sponge to fill the hole so the bit stays wet longer.
In no time, the bit pops through the glass.
Then I can add the auxiliary table surface and add
water to its' reservoir.
Then I grind to the inner marked ring on the glass.
I'm careful to stay within the lines.
Then I check to see how well the jewel fits. It's a
little tight, so I head back to the grinder...
..and grind all around just a little bit more.
The jewel has just the right amount of wiggle room.
Room for copper foil on each surface and a perfect fit.
And here is a recent panel where we ground out
holes for jewels in a Yin Yang panel.