Right after the holidays, I popped a button off of my peacoat and lost it. I didn't want to repair the coat with a mismatched button, so I decided to make some sea glass buttons instead.
I found sea glass hard to photograph against the white background, so I am using red fused glass cabochons for this instructable. The directions for sea glass are exactly the same.
I created this instructable for the Sew Useful Contest. You can find the accompanying Etsy listing here.
Step 1: You will need...
- Glass cabochons (if you don't have access to sea glass or shells you can buy artisan cabochons)
- Drill with Flex-Shaft attachment and 1/16" and 1/32" collets (available at Lowe's, Home Depot, etc)
- Carabineer Clip
- Crystalite Triple Ripple diamond drill bits, .75 - 2.1 mm (made by Abrasive Technology, Inc.)
- Shallow plastic bowl
- Safety goggles
- Ear plugs (if you have sensitive ears)
Step 2: Prepare your workspace
Attach the flexshaft attachment to your drill. Insert the collet into the flexshaft attachment, and the triple ripple diamond bit into the collet.
Suspend your drill
For this project, you will need to suspend your drill above your workspace. Many people buy a drill press to accomplish this, but I don't have enough room for one in my studio, so I just hang the drill from a nail in the wall using a carabineer clip. I sit in a chair with the water bowl in my lap and the drill at a level about equal with my head.
Fill your water bowl
Add just enough water to your bowl to cover the glass. Your drill bit should be the only thing underwater. Try to avoid getting the collets and flexshaft attachment wet, because they will rust.
Remember to put your safety glasses on, and if you have sensitive hearing, stick earplugs in your ears.