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Updated by randi on Mar 31, 2018
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glass cutters

Wheeled glass cutters are essential for creating glass mosaics. I make use of it to reduce and form vitreous a glass and stained glass.

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Cup Mosaic Tile Art - Mosaic Glass Cutters

Cup Mosaic Tile Art - Mosaic Glass Cutters

Making wonderful glass mosaic ceramic tile art is easy! Allow me explain to you how.

Wheeled glass cutters are essential for creating glass mosaics. I make use of it to slice and form vitreous glass and stained glass. It can also be used to slice smalti. The wheeled cutters make cleaner cuts than tile nippers. The two carbide wheels (or stainlesss steel, if you buy cheap cutters) are fixed in position. Rather than scoring and breaking, the wheels apply even pressure to the top and bottom sides of the glass, leading to it to fracture along the line of the wheels.

The wheels are replaceable and eventually go dull, however, not before several thousand cuts. Each tyre is held in place by a setscrew (usually an Allen screw). As your cuts become significantly less clean than when the cutters were new, use an Allen wrench tool to loosen the screws, rotate each wheel about 1/8-inch, and then re-tighten the screws. By altering the location of where each wheel touches the glass, you have, in effect, replaced the cutting blades. It'll have a long time and many cuts to use the entire circumference of the wheels, particularly when could possibly be carbide.

When the wheels finally that is do become dull, I suggest buying a whole new tool. The wheels make up the bulk of the tool's cost, therefore you won't save much by just buying replacement wheels. With a brand new tool, not only are the wheels sharp, however the rubber handle grips are new and clean (the rubber dons down and becomes dirty) and the spring is secured in-place. Every now and then, the springtime breaks free from my cutters. The tool still works with a reduce spring, but irritating to keep the handles from spreading too far aside. When that happens, the spring falls off. It can quite annoying to decline the spring, watch it bounce out of achieve, and then have to get out of my chair to retrieve it. I tried soldering it permanently in place, but it didn't work because I couldn't get the metal hot enough. So, until I get a new tool, the spring constantly falls off. Another reason to obtain a new tool as opposed to just replacement rims is, if you fall the tool, it's possible to knock the tires out of alignment. Therefore , after several projects when you think the rims need replacing, I suggest buying a whole new tool.

Whenever your new tool arrives, how to use Allen wrench to tighten the anchoring screws as tight as possible. Then, use an engraver, paint, felt-tip marker (or whatever you have that makes a everlasting mark) to make a tiny beat mark quietly of each wheel where it details the glass when cutting (the two tick scars should be aligned opposing each other). I prefer an engraving tool in making the tick marks and so i may have to worry about paint or ink eventually rubbing off. After a few hundred cuts, loosen the screws, turn each wheel slightly, and then re tighten the screws. After several of these adjustments, the tick signifies have gone full circle showing that it's time to replace the tool (or just the wheels, if you prefer).

Don't be surprised if the tires rotate independently. No make a difference how hard I crank down on those anchoring screws, it apparently isn't limited enough because the wheels slowly rotate by by themselves from stress exerted during the cutting action. After several days and many cuts, I notice the beat marks are no extended aligned directly opposite each other, which indicates the rims have rotated slightly. Might be I'm a weakling, but I just can't get the screws tight enough to keep them stationary. Yet , that's okay with me because, if they turn by themselves, i then don't have to personally do it.

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