Basic Glass Cutting
This is part two of a multi-part series on glass cutting.
Click here to go to part one.
Here's a list of important factors to consider when cutting
-- The right stance. It's better to cut standing up than
sitting down. You want to cut using your body, shoulders, and
arm, not just the wrist.
-- A good work surface. It should be level, firm, clean, and at
the right height for you. Some people find that a slightly lower
table helps them do a better job.
-- Clean, smooth glass. Dusty or dirty glass can interfere with
good cutting. Check to see if one side of the glass is smoother
than the other side. If possible, cut on the smooth side. Also,
glass tends to cut better at room temperature, rather than when
it is cold.
-- Steady, even movement of the cutter. Jerky starts and stops
won't work. Neither will allowing the cutter to wobble.
Click here for more tips to help
you do the best job of cutting glass.
Copyright 2005 Brad Walker. All rights
Most of these this
information adapted from
Contemporary Warm Glass: A Guide to
Fusing, Slumping, and Related Kiln-forming Techniques.