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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 glass.

-- 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 reserved.

Most of these this information adapted from Contemporary Warm Glass:  A Guide to Fusing, Slumping, and Related Kiln-forming Techniques

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