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Drilling the stopper out of an antique bottle which was stuck

We are sometimes called on to work on glass 'crystal' or antique bottles. Sometimes that involves sanding and polishing out chips. This time they had an antique bottle with a stopper that was stuck in the neck of the bottle.

They asked us if we could drill it out.

A photo of me using my drill press to drill a stopper out of an antique glass bottle.

Grinding the stopper

We have a wide variety of diamond drilling tools. For a project like this, we select one that is a bit more aggressive for removal of material.

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We proceed very carefully so as not to damage the inside of the neck of the bottle.

Shows the antique glass bottle after I have drilled out the stopper.

The stuck stopper is now gone

We have now finished removing the stopper.

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Denton Anderson,
Gemologist & Gem Cutter
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Photo of Denton the gem cutter.

Graduate Gemologist, GIA, GG
Over 20 years of experience.