Gift Idea for Rock Hounds

I spotted Greg Laskowski and Caitlin Williamson this spring at a Michigan rock show where they displayed decorated wine glasses, which they make at home. The design is unusual because the glass stem goes straight through a piece of polished rock.

The couple, who live in Fyfe, MI, were happy to share how they make these. In their pole barn, they drill through a piece of soft Petoskey stone (fossilized coral) using a masonry bit mounted on a drill press. The bit is the same size as the stem. Next, they cut the stem of the wine glass in half, using a diamond saw blade on a Dremel tool. Then they apply an all-purpose stone and glass epoxy to attach the stem of the bowl in one end of the stone, and the stem of the foot in the other.

Just an idea in time for the holidays. The secret is to work with a soft stone (calcite might be another good choice).

Matching coasters, anyone?

Betsy Lehndorff has been writing for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist since 2010. Her story on Colorado diamonds appears in the September-October issue and she will be writing about her experience in Kate Wolf’s class in 2018, along with her grant-writing adventures as a silversmith. You can reach her at [email protected].