How To Cut Glass Panels Like A Pro
Learn to cut glass panels for use in windows or picture frames. With a little patience and some practice, your results will look as good as those done by a professional.
The Right Cutter
To cut glass, you'll need a high-quality glass cutter with a durable tip made of diamond or carbide. The best glass cutters use diamond-tipped blades. While they cost more, they are more durable and produce more accurate cuts.
If you want to cut glass like a professional, then you must prepare your glass the same way a professional does. Work on a flat surface that is free from clutter as well as sand, grit and dust. Foreign matter can cause glass to crack or break when being cut.
Use an excellent straightedge or T-square to guide your cutting. Have plenty of small rubber clamps to secure the straightedge, as these will prevent the glass from slipping as you cut.
Use a dry erase marker or grease pencil to mark your cutting lines on the glass. When you are done working, you will be able to simply wipe your marks away.
Cutting the Glass
Apply constant firm pressure while scoring the glass. Wear safety goggles as you work.
After you've scored your glass, hold it securely in one hand and twist the opposite side of the scored edge side with a pair of pliers. This should cause the glass to break cleanly at the or etched, line.
For larger pieces of glass, simply hang the glass over the edge of a table or counter and push downward firmly and quickly. Again, the glass should simply snap off at the scored line.