Stained Glass: "A How To" Series #2: Practice cuts

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Blog entry by kolwdwrkr posted 1376 days ago 1558 reads 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The Tools of the trade Part 2 of Stained Glass: "A How To" Series series Part 3: Using a glass grinder »

Before we begin making a stained glass project I want you to take the time to practice using a glass cutting tool on inexpensive clear glass. This will help you get the feel for your cutter, and get a decent feel for how to score a piece. When scoring, listen to the cut. You can hear whether or not you are making a clean cut. Once you are good at scoring glass you will be ready to move on to the more expensive stained glass.

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#1 posted 1376 days ago

I’ve always wnate dto know how to do this. Great stuff.

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#2 posted 1376 days ago

so thats how it is done – correctly!
well you learn something new everyday :-)
I am assuming mirror is similar to glass ? Does mirror have the same characteristics as glass?

-- Theresa,

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#3 posted 1376 days ago

Theresa, Mirror is glass, but it has a reflective backing. The backing prevents it from breaking cleanly and can tear. I don’t have much experience with it, but I would assume that most mirrors are cut to size first then coated. I do have some scrap, so maybe I will mess around with it and see how it cuts.

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#4 posted 1376 days ago

Thanks, Keith. This was a particularity helpful video for me personally. I have made several mirrors and tried cutting them but my cuts ended up being pretty ragged. From the video I can see some improvements in my technique that may help improve mirror cuts.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 1376 days ago

I always enjoy learning a new skill and you are doing a great job demonstrating how to do it. Thanks. Keep up the excellent videos.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#6 posted 1375 days ago

A great learning process. Thanks Keith. I look forward to the next session.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 1366 days ago

Very good clear presentation, thanks for posting this!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#8 posted 1358 days ago

It’s wonderful to see your face in life motion.
I have cut some glass in my life, just little for the houses I had, and a picture fram and so. It never seemed as easy as you make it look.
Thank you for sharing your skills with us, I will follow this blog with great joy.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 1358 days ago

Very good!

... I’m getting into the mood to try it… on something… don’t know what…

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