No, a glass saw isn't a saw made of glass. It's a saw
that's used for cutting glass. Sometimes these saws are
purpose built for cutting glass only, but it's also possible that saws made for
cutting other items (such as ceramic tile) can be used for cutting glass.
In either case, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when
considering purchasing a glass saw.
First, don't purchase a glass saws just to cut glass that
could also be cut by hand. A glass saw is no substitute for a
good glass cutter. With practice and the right cutter, pieces
that are thicker than normal (such as 1/4"/6mm thick glass) can be
cut without resorting to a glass saw. It's even possible to
purchase a glass cutter that's specially made for cutting thicker
Second, if you're thinking about getting a glass saw to cut
intricate shapes that can't be cut by hand, you should first consider
alternative ways to create the shape. Sifting powder through
stencils, for example, can create complex shapes much more easily
and inexpensively than a glass saw.
Of course, and despite these two reservations, it's usually
necessary to use a glass saw to cut really thick items (such as
pattern bars, which are often 1"/2.54cm thick or more) or to cut
intricate shapes when stencils and powders won't do. These
two main reasons for using a saw often require different solutions
(and different kinds of saws).
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