Cold-Working Machine Hire



One flat bed grinder using silicone carbide grit (this is a converted clay throwing wheel)

One pneumatic handheld grinder and polisher with silicone carbide heads

One electrical handheld grinder/polisher with silicone carbide heads

One handheld engraver (you need to provide your own burs)

One Copper wheel engraving lathe – with some small diamond wheels

One pillar drill (this is an adapted  handheld Black & Decker electrical drill)

Facilities for hand-lapping and polishing

Diamond pads

Diamond Gemini Saw, which will cut straight lines and curves, and cuts through glass up to 5’’ thick.


Hire will include:

Use of all cold shop equipment and associated items

Use of Sandblaster

Use of metal  lathe

Loose grits, pumice and cerium powder can be supplied at a small extra charge or hirers can supply their own.

A one day hire runs from  9 am until 5 pm


Per day: £30

Per day per group (maximum of six people) : £120

A deposit is required to secure the hire of any equipment. The hirer is responsible for the proper use and safety precautions. It is taken by Bal Maiden Studio Glass that those hiring are fully aware of all operations and health and safety requirements.

Please note that if equipment is damaged or unclean when returned, the hirer will be liable for cleaning/repair/replacement.

Hiring of the studio and/or equipment is undertaken at the hirer’s risk, with the understanding that Bal Maiden Studio Glass will not be held responsible for the finished result – you will sign an agreement to this effect before using the equipment. Hirers commit to their projects at their own risk and must be compliant with all relevant Health & Safety precautions. Hirers will also be responsible for the clean-up of the sandblaster, all work and surrounding area before leaving the premises. Hirers must provide their own tools and equipment and consumables except where these are included in the hire fee. No use of any other Bal Maiden Studio Glass equipment is permitted without prior agreement. All bookings are subject to availability, must be pre-booked and paid in advance. All prices may be subject to VAT at the prevailing rate.

Please note: minimum hire charge of £15 applies.

Except for follow-on workshop sessions which are supervised, users of the studios and all equipment must have their own professional indemnity insurance.  We have found the easiest way to obtain this is to subscribe to the artist newsletter, at, where insurance is given free to subscribers. It is the hirers responsibility to ensure that they carry adequate professional indemnity insurance and t provide proof of this to Bal Maiden Studio Glass.


call Noreen on 01 326 574693 or 07808 612074 or email