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I dont normally post links, but while looking how to cut a small semi circle mirror for one of my boxes, i stumbled across a true craftsman at work and thought you ought to see him .
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Fun to watch. I'd probably have a couple of do-overs on that.



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I once knew a guy who was that good. I used to take all of my glass cutting work to him and I always hung around to watch while he did the work for me, but even with tips that he freely gave me, I still couldn't do it very well.

He told me that people would frequently want to buy the glass cutter that he was using, because they were convinced that it was a special one. He would tell them that it was the same as the ones on the shelf, but they still wanted the one that he was using. He would then sell them his old used cutter and then take a new one out of the box and begin using it. He said that it wasn't the cutter, but the technique that made the cuts accurate, and after watching him for a while he convinced me. But I still can't cut glass well, not even straight lines, even after all his tips and help so many years ago.

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They should make a router bit for cutting glass.

I'm horrible at cutting glass. I was usually trying to repurpose old panes and I read somewhere that old glass can be troublesome. Not sure if that's part of my problem but I'd hate to buy a new piece just to find out that it's my inability.
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Cutting glass freehand really is a skilled job, I watched my friend and neighbour make these church windows over a few weeks. each colour is a separate piece of glass glued to a sheet of 10 mm glass. I made the wooden cross on the end of Mary's chain!
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I have cut mirrors down to fit a new smaller frame and found that if I make a good cut, I break the mirror installing it in the frame. I gave up and found a good glass shop locally that would make the cuts cheaply on mirrors I would bring him. For some reason, I never broke any that he cut for us while installing them. We also bought mirrors and glass from him at good prices.

As Charley found out, the cutter is not the special part of cutting glass, it's the technique the person uses to cut it.
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First, the glass needs to be very clean on both sides. When you run the class cutter across the glass it has to make an unbroken scratch in the surface the full length of the cut desired. Then a very light bending of the glass outward toward the side with the scratch will form a crack from the scratch toward the opposite side of the glass that will form and break along the scratch all the way to the other end. If you do it just right it "tears" along the scratch. He also showed me that he kept a very small amount of kerosene in the bottom of the cup where he kept the glass cutter. It was just enough to wet the wheel every time it was returned to the cup. He said that the kerosene lubricated the cutter wheel, but that pressing down hard on the glass with the glass sitting on a firm and taped down 1/2" layer of newspaper made a big difference too.

Now you know just about everything that he shared with me, but I know all of this and I still cannot cut glass well. I guess practice has a lot to do with it too.

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Can’t believe he does that freehand . Quite a craftsman at his trade
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