There are two styles of glass cutters--dry and oil-filled. Each is made with a steel wheel that scores the glass. For either tool, you can use a metal-edged ruler to help guide the cutting wheel along the glass for straight cuts, mark the glass with a permanent market and free-hand along the line, or cut free hand without any guidance.
Please use care when cutting glass. Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes and be aware of the sharp edges on the glass pieces which might cut your finger when handled.
Put the wheel to the surface of the glass then push forward; you will hear a sound similar to opening a zipper.
Note: Some prefer to pull the tool rather than push.
|Once the glass is scored, place the glass into the running pliers so the mark on the tips of the pliers lines up with your score line. Depress the handle to "run" the score and ease the glass apart along the score line.|
|To fill the cutter with oil, remove the plug on one end of the handle, use the bulb syringe that comes with the cutter to extract oil from the glass-cutting oil bottle then deposit the oil into the reservoir. Replace the plug.|
|Press the cutting wheel to the glass surface then push forward to score the glass to suit your pattern. Oil will be emitted as you work.|
Once the glass is scored, place the glass into the running pliers so the mark lines up with your score. Depress the handle to "run" the score and ease the glass apart along the score line.
Optional: Breaking/Grozing pliers can be used as breaking pliers to break glass along the score line if the score is in a difficult place to handle or as grozing pliers to grind the glass when the break is not clean or straight.
Once the glass is cut and ready for use, it is advisable to wash the pieces with soap and water to remove any oils from either the glass cutter or your hands. This step will prep the glass for either wrapping the edges with copper foil or for fusing.
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