Basic Glass Cutting
This is part three of a multi-part series on glass cutting.
Click here to go to part one.
Continuing our list of important factors to consider when
-- Use the right amount of pressure. You should hear the cutter
scratch the surface of the glass. If no mark is left behind,
then you're not pressing hard enough. If you see flaking
slivers on the score line, then you are pressing too hard.
-- Cutting at the right angle. Don't let the cutter drift to the
right or left. If the cutting wheel is tilted, you won't be able
to get a good score.
-- Only cutting once. Never correct a mistake by cutting again.
Never go over the scored line a second time. Not only will it
fail to cut the glass, it also can dull your cutter. If you have
to, turn the glass over and cut on the other side. If that
doesn't work, then use a grinder to grind the glass into
-- Just a touch of lubricant. Some people cut without oil, others
lubricate their cutters generously. For fusing, the best amount
of oil to use is the least amount you can use and still keep the
wheel from freezing up. Excess oil means more time cleaning the
glass before fusing.
Click here for tips to help
you do the best job of breaking glass once it has been scored.
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.