Cutting Glass Strips
This is part four of a four part tip. Click here to go to
the first part.
tried all the tips, practiced for hours, and even prayed to the
kiln gods without success, then try these "last chance" tips.
1. Put the glass away and try again tomorrow.
You'd be surprised at how much easier difficult glass can be to
cut in the fresh light of a new day.
2. Try reheating the glass to just above the annealing
range (around 1000F/540C), then re-annealing. Sometimes
this can tame a rogue piece of glass.
3. Consider purchasing a tabletop strip cutter.
Several models are available, but the best is probably the one
developed by Jeremy Lepisto of Ramp Glass. (See
link for more info.)
And finally, remember that some glass just doesn't cut well and
wants to be frit rather than strips. Sometimes the only cure for recalcitrant glass is a
Swedish massage with the business end of a hammer. If all
else fails, there's nothing more therapeutic than a marathon
frit making session.
Copyright 2005 Brad Walker. All rights
Most of these tips came from
posters on the Warm Glass bulletin board.