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Anonymous 2015-01-04 21:25:02 No.750676

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So I have six of these beautiful cobalt blue hobnail votive holders. Only problem is they have a stud on the bottom because they are intended to be used in taper holders.

I'd like to remove the stud and grind the bottom flat, to use them as regular votive holders. Any ideas on how to accomplish this?

Anonymous 2015-01-04 21:39:39 No.750680
Use a lot more industrial diamond than your candle holders are worth.

Anonymous 2015-01-04 21:43:13 No.750682
It would be cheaper to just build a stand for them. Probably better too because the bottom of those doesn't look flat in your picture. It would wobble if you ground off the stud.

Anonymous 2015-01-04 23:18:51 No.750750
You could try using an angle grinder and some water.

Anonymous 2015-01-05 00:07:52 No.750768
Personally I'd just set the base in a transparent resin to make it flat level with the stud.

But I don't actually know what you do with votive holders so that might be dumb.

Anonymous 2015-01-05 02:36:10 No.750853
Well, fine. Maybe I wanted to decide for myself how feasible it was.

Anonymous 2015-01-05 03:23:29 No.750867
It can be done if you're careful. Use diamond coated grinding materials. Keep the area flushed with water to keep the temperature down, reduce chance of breaking, and keep silica from becoming airborne.

Probably much better to leave intact and construct a base to compliment the design. Resin was mentioned, wood would also be a good choice. Maybe make a set of tiered candlesticks, or fix 'em up into wall sconces.

Anyway, better to create than to destroy.

Anonymous 2015-01-05 04:41:50 No.750924

Anonymous 2015-01-05 11:54:39 No.751070
Ghetto method (yet effective if you're careful): grind a score line around base of nub (use carbide discs, carbide hacksaw blade for tile, etc.), wrap entire votive in a towel. Have an assistant firmly hold towel-wrapped votive sideways on a sturdy table or concrete floor or some non-bouncy surface while you press a chisel into the score line. Knock chisel very firmly with heavy hammer. Best technique is to strike a quick, hard blow with no follow through. Wisest to make the initial score at least a few mm up from base.
Rough grind on sidewalk/textured concrete. The stone and sand in it are going to be harder than your glass. But when you start getting close, switch to a smoother concrete floor or sand/emery paper, stone, etc.

Wear safety glasses! You will lose your eye if the glass goes at you. Glass dust will fuck up your lungs, too. Wear a respirator, or wetsand/grind.

Anonymous 2015-01-06 03:15:16 No.751415
>know what you do with votive holders

Hold votives.

Anonymous 2015-01-06 03:59:37 No.751428
Are these glass? If so, go find a glassblowing shop (one with an actual studio) and ask them. In order to remove the crap where the punty attaches to the workpiece, they pretty much all have a large diamond-disk grinder laying around somewhere.

The only problem is that the taper thingie on the bottom of your candleholders is pretty long, so it may take a while on the grinder. They might be able to cut through the side with another tool and then flatten the stump, though.

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