Lloyd found these great directions on drilling your own block , this is a site for diamond drills, you'll have to click on the "How To Use Diamond Drills", about 2/3 of the page down are the instructions for drilling the glass blocks... don't let the directions scare you, it's not that complicated! There are many sites where they sell diamond core drill bits, here are a couple just be sure to check quality of bit before purchasing.
You can purchase the glass blocks at your local building supply store and if you don't have a drill press, I'm sure someone you know has one or knows someone who does. Offer to bake them some cookies in exchange for drilling *wink*...Lloyd likes chocolate chip.
Drilling the block
It's very important to keep spraying water on the drill bit as it gets very hot in the process. That was my job! It was tough, but someone had to do it!
I like to paint my block with Gesso as it gives the block some texture and the ink something to grab onto.
Here, I used a sponge, but I've also used a sponge paint brush. You want to try to get the Gesso on evenly and not too thick or you'll have dark spots when your lights are on. Gesso is available at any craft department and dries quickly.
Now you're ready to stamp your images. You need to use a permanant ink, I like to use Stazon (although in the picture you'll see Brilliance because my Stazon was getting dry!)
The sky is the limit when it comes to decorating your block.
Now the fun part, coloring your block!
This is by no means the only way to do these, just my way *wink*
*some questions...and hopefully some answers*
Where you put the hole is up to you, but we put them in a lower corner on the back side of the block. You could put it on the side if you wanted to decorate both sides of the block.
My first blocks were drilled with a 1/2in drill bit, too hard to get the lights in that little hole! Lloyd now uses a 3/4in drill bit...ahhh, easier
Here's a link to another block I made.
thanks for stopping!