Some people complain about glass chipping when they score and break it. I was having a conversation recently with a person who has been involved in glass all his working life (and he is of similar vintage to me). His advice was:
- Don’t score too hard. Sometimes the score-line may almost be invisible. As glass is considered an amorphous liquid, all you are trying to achieve is a break of the surface tension.
- If the glass has texture, always score on the flat side.
- If the glass has a film treatment (mirror, dichroic etc.), score on the untreated side.
I also know that many people struggled with tidying up edges of shapes they cut. Not everyone has a grinder. Some people are limited for space (tell me about it), or just HATE power tools…
Have a look at this little video from Delphi Glass. It is a great demonstrating on how to use a variety of hand tools. Until I saw this, I had no success at all using grozers. Now I use them often.
Then, when you have your shape and are pretty happy with it, use the Diamond Hand pads we sell to smooth off the edges. As Sonja Butcher demonstrates, they are invaluable.
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