How often have you thrown away a piece of glass, just because it was of an irregular shape and you did not want to incur any expenditure on getting it cut? Though many people are unaware of it, cutting glass is an easy process, especially if you are willing to indulge yourself in some practice. Unless you have to make an extremely complicated cut, hand-held glass cutter will suffice for the purpose. In the following lines, we have provided a number of tips that will help you how to go about cutting glass at home.
Glass Cutting Tips
- Glass Cutter
- Glass-cutting Mat
- Tape/ Grease Pencil
- First of all, wash the glass thoroughly and let it dry completely. This will make sure that there are no dust particles on the glass, to hamper the cutting process.
- Using tape or grease pencil on the underside of the glass, outline the shape in which you want to cut it.
- Until and unless you are comfortable with glass cutting, it is advisable to stick to a pattern with straight or nearly straight lines.
- After you have traced the pattern on the glass, position the glass cutter on the glass surface, with the cutting wheel directly perpendicular to it.
- Starting at one edge of the glass sheet, score it lightly. Make sure that the cutting tool works along your pattern's longest straight line, all the way to the other edge of the sheet.
- Place a pencil under the score line. Now, applying equal pressure to the glass on either side of the pencil, snap the glass.
- Place the cutter at the newly-created edge along the pattern. Now, score a straight line along the pattern, all the way to the other edge of the glass sheet.
- Again place a pencil under the score line and, applying equal pressure to the glass on either side of the pencil, snap the glass.
- Continue scoring and snapping the glass sheet in straight lines, from edge to edge along your pattern, till the glass has been cut in the way you desire.