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« on: February 27, 2012 08:34:47 AM »

The purpose of this tutorial is to show the base tools used in glass working, to be more specific, mosaics.

Disclaimer: In this tutorial I am not promoting any specific brand, but using the tools I personally own. There are many brands available in various price ranges. You are encouraged to explore the options out there.

Tool #1 - Glass Cutter
This particular one if a Pistol Grip Handheld Cutter


This is used to score glass in places where you want it to break.


Once the glass is scored you need to snap it on the line or shape created by the cutter. That is where tool #2 comes in.

Tool #2 Running Pliers
These are used to snap glass that has been scored.


It has a line in the center of the top flat side, and this is the guide used to aline with the score, and SNAP.




Tool #3 Wheeled Glass Nippers
These are one of the most used tools in glass work, and in particular mosaic. This tool is used to nip away or cut glass pieces off of the larger piece. They can also be used to shape pieces of glass.



 


For another tutorial for the glass nippers check: Mosaic Glass Catch-O-Matic

In glass work there is one tool that can frequently come in handy. It instantly ends frustration when a project is headed south, and need help turning things around.



Tool #4 The Hammer



Sometimes it just makes you feel better! Grin

Thank you for checking this out, and hope it helps you in your pursuit of glass. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2012 08:43:56 AM »

Wow! So many fancy tools. I always wondered how you glass artists made such nice cuts.

Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2012 08:50:45 AM »

Great intro to glass cutting. Thanks! I'm sure the hammer would be my most used and beloved tool.  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2012 08:55:59 AM »

Nice, thanks. That hammer sure does come in handy, eh? LOL.
I like a cutter with a ball end for tapping. And a grinder is such a great tool, it's hard to do good work without it.
There are all sorts of foil application implements out there but I've never found them to be that much use, foiling by hand isn't too tedious and burnishing can be done with just about anything. Flux and patina are the last two I'll mention though the patina isn't necessary, it's just cosmetic.
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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2012 10:18:00 AM »

Being more of a "hammer and hope it breaks the way I want it to" person, I am loving your tute!  Cause it never breaks the way you want it to....  Thank you for showing me the tools and how to use them!  Another excuse to go to the hardware store Grin
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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2012 01:19:16 PM »

Oooh gotta get me one of those hammers! I also love my grozier pliers and my long tweezers. Oh yeah. And bandages.
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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2012 04:59:10 PM »

Thank you all for checking out, and giving feedback. Smiley

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You're correct about the foiling tools. For me when I work with glass it is all hands on. My grinder and glass saw are the last two tools I've gotten. And you're right about the grinder being so useful.

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Forgot about grozier pliers and tweezers. I for sure use my tweezers more and more when working on minis. And I think by now I own stock in Band-Aid.

Although last week while nipping a marble with my tile nippers, and got the palm of my hand. That left a nice V shape and blood blister. Ouch!

One thing is for sure in working with glass, you will injure your hands. Often. Smiley

Hope to do more tuts with more tools, and more in depth.
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« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2013 06:04:31 PM »

Question: if the little plastic part on the running pliers gets damaged badly can they still be used or can that part be replaced? Also, if it can what is the plastic part called?

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« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2013 06:22:25 PM »

This?
http://www.delphiglass.com/glass-cutters-tools/pliers-nippers/plastic-replacement-tips-for-studio-pro-running-pliers
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« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2013 06:24:20 PM »

Hi! You can use them, but it will not going to be as accurate breaking and it will move on the glass. The plastic pieces are simply called Running Pliers Replacement tips. They come in small and large.  Smiley
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