How to

Cutting Glass:

I’m still surprised at the number of people who work with glass but don’t have a good cutting technique.  Typically I meet these people when they tell me that their cutter isn’t working well and they need a new cutting head for it.

This is how I learnt to cut glass.  That said, if your technique is different from mine and works for you, then keep doing it.

Buy the best cutter you can afford. I recommend an oil cutter made by K star

Buy the best cutter you can afford. I recommend an oil cutter made by K star

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Before you start it’s best to try each to see which one suits. If you can, visit a glass shop, and try both kinds. Notice the angle of the cutting head to the glass, it’s the same in both cases. (pic 2 & 3)

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Begin the cut a couple of millimetres in from the edge of the glass and with even pressure score the glass all the way to the other edge. You will hear a steady “zipp” sound as it scores. Even pressure and constant contact is the key.

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A rubber backed ruler is also a good investment. The backing will prevent the ruler from sliding on the glass.

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Pick up the glass, and hold like this. This keeps your fingers out of the way.

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With upward pressure from your fingers break apart. Practice with clear float.