Making drainage holes
I have a lot of old crockery, teapots with broken lids and things I would like to use for plants, but until now I had to just sit a smaller pot inside the piece. I thought there must be a way to drill drainage holes. After doing some research online, I had all kinds of contradictory info. But I know you can cut tile so there must be a way. I got out my handy Dremel Tool manual and read how to cut tile with it and then tried it on my old teapot. It works and this is how you do it.
This is my old teapot with the broken lid, but any glazed crockery will work. You will also need a rotary power tool, mine is a Dremel Brand
You need protection for eyes and lungs
And a special bit for cutting tile
Starting at a 45 degree angle you score the glazing on your pot, once you have a big enough area of glaze removed, apply slight pressure and make a sort of valley for the bit to rest in.
Once you have a deep enough valley slowly bring your drill to 90 degrees while continuing to apply slight pressure.
Continue to drill while alternating slight and hard pressure until you have drilled through, then move the bit in a circular manner to enlarge the hole to the size you want. The pot will move somewhat when you do this so you can either us a soft vise if you have one or just brace it with yours or a helpers arms.
And Voila! nice new drainage holes!
I hope this is helpful to some of you.
I am thinking of all kinds of things around here to use for plants now!
- 19 Aug, 2008
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