Cutting glass?

I bought a glass cutter recently, and despite many attempts to cut glass in a straight line it always chips or breaks over the line cut. Anyone have any tips or hints as to how to do this properly?

  1. Puppet
    on November 30th, -0001

    Put tape over it first. then cut through the tape and the glass. Good Luck.

  2. Retrogamer
    on November 30th, -0001

    I have always found it best to use some oil on the cutter when etching..Use a straight edge and don’t worry how much oil you use..Etch the glass with enough pressure to get a good deep cut..Let the cut edge hong over the edge about 1/4 to 1/2 inch and with a gloved hand,snap it when a good downward snap..It may take some practice but you will succeed..

  3. NeverAlone
    on November 30th, -0001

    You need confidence to cut glass. You’re probably not pressing down hard enough. When you’ve scored the glass, put a matchstick under each end of the cut and press down either side of one of them.

  4. Limey
    on November 30th, -0001

  5. TemprementalExplosion
    on November 30th, -0001

    You need to lubricate the cutter with cutting oil, kerosene, or mineral oil… just about anything lightweight will do.

    Make your cut in one, long, firm push at medium speed starting at one edge of the glass and going to the other edge of the glass, right off the piece. Don’t saw or attempt to correct a miscut before you break your glass.

    When the blade is cutting correctly, you’ll hear a sound somewhere between a zing and a zip.

    When you’re done cutting, turn the glass over and tap along the cutline with the ball on the back of the cutter, or with something that’s sort of heavy and has a rounded tip… back of a table knife can be good. Turn the glass back over.

    If this is a straight cut, put the glass on the edge of a table with a straight (not radiused) table edge, with the cutline right at the edge of the table. Use one hand to anchor the glass to the table, and with the other hand, pull out (away from the table) and down. That should give you a clean break. Some folks do better breaking glass score side down… try that, too.

    If you’re going for a curved cut (and tight curves are very difficult for a beginner!), lay your scored and tapped glass out on a table.

    Now look at your hands… make a fist with your knuckles going straight up and down, and the thumb sticking out on top, pointing away from your body. Looks like a little kid ready to fight. That’s the grip you’re going to use to break the glass. To do it,
    make two fists, and use the main portion of the fist to support
    the glass right next to the score line, clamping down with your
    thumbs so the glass is held securely in both hands. Keep those fingers curled in. Pull out and rotate your hands outwards
    as you’re pulling — you’re going from your fists oriented like
    || to / The glass should break along your score.

    Beginners *always* need a little practice. Big pieces of glass are generally harder to cut than say, 8×10′ pieces. Mirror and
    plate glass are very difficult to cut. Old glass tends not to cut cleanly. Coated glass tends not to cut cleanly. Nicked up cutter blades (from banging around in a toolbox or drawer) don’t cut cleanly.

    IMO, the best cutters are the carbide cutters sold for stained glass work… they usually look like marking pens or have a pistol handle and hold cutting oil — the $2-5 hardware store ones that come on cards are often not easy to use and not of particularly good quality.

    Hardware stores that replace window and picture frame glass are sometimes willing to give you the broken glass they’ve removed for practice cuts.

    Sharp edges should be smoothed before handling, if at all possible. Rubber gloves are not a bad idea for some folks breaking out score lines… gives them a better grip. But cutting glass is more about guile than brute strength.

  6. Autobot
    on November 30th, -0001

    Glass cutting is an art,if you went to apply for a job for glazing,it would come under’skilled labour’. I have tried it a couple of times and succeeded once;you have to be patient and keep cool,and you will need some practice. You will need a long strip of wood with a straight edge. Hold the wood against the ink line firmly then make your cut,if it’s thick glass,cut again. Turn the glass over and repeat then snap it off. Practice and you will succeed.

  7. Cow
    on November 30th, -0001

    Taping over it before you cut seems to work pretty good.

  8. Windows
    on November 30th, -0001

    Everyone has good answers but there is on thing to always remember. Glass can shatter! Always wear a full face sheild and kevlar gloves. Twenty bucks for both is cheap insurance. What good is it to have glass when you can’t see out of it!

  9. Elgan
    on November 30th, -0001

    Make sure the glass cutter wheel does not have any dents or imperfections. Put a couple of drops of heavy oil on the wheel of the glass cutter. Using a straight edge firmly score the glass ONCE. From beneath the glass gently tap along the score line. You will see the glass begin to separate. Tap the full length of the score line. Place the score line along a firm straight edge, such as the edge of a 1×4 or your work bench. Firmly snap the glass down. This should give you a clean break.

  10. pickapepper
    on November 30th, -0001

    it is tricky but not that hard. practice on small pieces to get the feel of how much pressure you’ll need. use a straight edge if you can. oil the wheel on the cutter. i don’t know what this tape thing is everyones talking about. cut it on a very flat surface or it will run(crack) before you even finish scoring. i like to have the edge off the table a little then grab the edge on both sides of the score and lift up or flex the glass and it’ll go.

  11. Apples
    on November 30th, -0001

    Forget all the technical advice about sharpening or lubrication.

    It´s simple.

    NEW glass cuts easily.

    OLD glass is almost impossible to keep to the line.

    Use NEW glass, even for your experiments.

  12. WinterWonderland
    on November 30th, -0001

    dont go over the same cut twice
    lay the glass on a FLAT surface on a mat or similar if possible
    allow 1/8′ under the measurment on the stright edge to allow for the glascutter this will give you your measurement
    with steady pressure run the glasscutter down the glass you could oil the wheel of cutter with white spirit or paraffin take the straight edge and place it under the glass so the cut is lined up with the cut and the waste part is to the right if righthandedput a pressure on the waste side in the middle you will find it will break along the cut
    dont be frightened as confidence is a big part

  13. PerfectPartners
    on November 30th, -0001

    If you have gone over the score line more than once,then throw the glass cutter away and get a new one.Try to keep the cutter at the same angle all the time.Make a complete score (edge to edge).Try a little white sprit on the glass where you are going to score,Keep a constant preasure on the cutter,and practice makes perfect.Good luck.

  14. Dex
    on November 30th, -0001

    Go to the web site of the people who make them and read their excellent advice
    http://www.fletcher-terry.com/hardware/fletcher/thick.shtml
    the best suggestion I found there was to start the cut on the glass and run it off the glass to end it, then start breaking it from where you ran off.
    The best suggestion I learned before was that if after scoring the glass you see a lot of little glass chips beside the path, you are pushing too hard and creating all kinds of little paths for the break to wander, don’t push so hard. A long smooth even scratch – don’t force it.

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Cutting glass?

I’m trying to design a project for my fiance. The project involves cutting glass. I purchased a glass vase and am trying to engrave names and make tiny holes around the top to put charms through the holes. So far I spend more money on vases than tools. This is a special occasion, please help.

  1. KoolKermit
    on November 30th, -0001

    You’ll need a diamond tipped drill bit and power drill. It takes a little patience but isn’t all that hard once you get the idea. The real trick is to brace both the vase and the drill so it doesn’t skitter around when you go to drill it.

  2. PoPCorn
    on November 30th, -0001

    You need a piece of steel tubing (hollow) the same o. d. (outside diameter) as the hole you want. Using a small razor saw or Dremel, cut saw teeth into one end-make sure they are pointed the right direction for the motor turning direction!
    Build a dam around the area for the hole, mix a paste of water and valve grinding compound (try a auto parts store, or a place that builds engines), and put some inside the dam area, covering the work surface. Use a power drill (a drill press is best) applying a LITTLE pressure, back off, LITTLE pressure, back off, etc. Add more paste as needed. It WILL take time to do it, don’t over heat it, don’t get in a hurry, and you should be ok.
    By the way, check with some glass installation business’, the kind that do residential or business. They might drill the holes for you, for a fee.

  3. Orchid
    on November 30th, -0001

    Drilling holes in glass isn’t easy, even for someone who is experienced. If you do try the diamond bit thing, be sure you are applying water while you are trying to drill.
    I am a very compentent artist and work with glass alot, and I probably wouldn’t try to do what you are doing…except now that you are making me think about it I might…but not in time for your question.
    Here’s an alternate thought on it, try winding decorative wire around the vase and attaching charms to that. I’ve seen some wire at craft stores, but the most gorgeous wires I’ve ever seen were at a really big fish and tackle store. They had a zillion gorgeous colors, it was all I could do to not stock up…and I had no idea what I would use it for!
    Don’t know if you’re having trouble with the engraving, but there are etching creams and dips you can get at some craft stores that work great.
    And whatever you decide to try, go to a thrift store and buy a bunch of stuff to practice on!
    Best of luck to you!

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