Cutting Glass Strips
This is part two of a four part tip. Click here to go to
the first part.
in this section have to do with your glass cutting tools.
Make certain the wheel of your glass cutter is in good working
order. A nicked wheel will not do a good job and should be
5. If you don't already, consider lubricating your
cutter. Most light oils will work well and are actually
preferred to commercial cutting oils. Try WD-40, sewing machine
oil, or kerosene (the latter's usually best for float glass).
Many people perfer light oils such as mineral spirits which burn off easily in the
kiln and don't require as much glass cleaning.
6. Use a good pair of running pliers. To work best,
running pliers should be adjusted so that they barely close on
the glass being cut. Squeeze them gently; if you squeeze
too hard they don't work as well. Also, try starting the
run at one end, then switching to the other end and starting
again if the first attempt doesn't work perfectly.
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next part of this tip, which has information on how to improve
your technique for cutting strips.
Copyright 2005 Brad Walker. All rights
Most of these tips came from
posters on the Warm Glass bulletin board.