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At the Bench

Securing curved stones for easy drilling

By Helen I. Driggs

I use recycled ceramic china, beach pebbles, sea and river glass, and pottery shards in many of my cold connected pieces, which means I need to drill holes—a lot of holes. Very often, pebbles, glass, and ceramic shards are curved, making it a challenge to securely hold them and drill a straight hole without cracking them. Here is a quick method for securing hard materials during drilling under water. In addition to helping you avoid cracking the stone, it can prevent hand fatigue, slipping, and broken drill bits.