3 Ways to Cut Glass Without a Glass Cutter 3 Ways to Cut Glass Without a Glass Cutter

What You'll Need
Safety goggles
Gloves
String
Rubbing alcohol
Heat source
Bucket of water
A firm wooden stick
Scoring tool
Wire
Wood
Tray of water
Scissors
Blowtorch
Whetstone

We tend to think that we can only use a glass cutter to cut glass. Although this is the simplest method, it’s not the only way. There are three other methods that only use common household items. None of these methods of cutting glass is difficult but you should always remember to wear safety goggles and gloves for your own protection.

String

It is entirely possible to cut glass without a glass cutter using string. First, make sure you have a large bucket of water handy. It needs to be big enough for you to dunk the glass all the way to your elbow. Also make sure your glass is clean and dry. Take a good length of string and soak it in rubbing alcohol, then wring it dry.

Tie the string around the glass where you intend to cut it. It’s vital that the string be tight; loose string won’t work in this instance. Set fire to the string next, and as soon as it’s all on fire, hold the glass and plunge it into the bucket of water.

With the glass submerged, take a firm stick and hit the glass below the point where you want to cut. Doing it in the water achieves two things: the blow will be softer and the water will lessen the vibrations. The glass should break along the line of the string when you hit it.

Wire

Using wire to cut glass without a glass cutter is also easy. You’ll still need water; however, in this case, you need to have a tray where the glass can lie flat and be submerged to a depth of three inches. Start with a clean, dry piece of glass and use a sharp tool to lightly score the line you want to cut.

Make sure your wire is longer than the cut with the ends shaped into loops. Put wood through the loops and tighten to use as handles. Heat the wire until it’s red hot. When it’s ready, place the wire along the line of the cut.

As soon as you’ve done that, take the glass and fully submerge it in the water. The heat of the cut against the cold water should make the glass part along the cut of its own accord.

Scissors

It’s surprisingly easy to cut glass without a glass cutter using scissors. You will also need a large tray of water in order to do it this. It will need to be big enough for the glass to be fully submerged and also for your hands and the scissors to work underwater.

To make it work, start by marking the line you want to cut on the glass. Next, submerge the glass fully, and simply cut along the line with a pair of scissors. You’ll find that the glass will cut just as if it were thick paper. The line you end up with won’t be perfectly sharp, but you will be able to clean it up with a blowtorch or a whetstone by rubbing gently on the edges until you have it exactly as you want it.

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