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    I am lousy at cutting glass. There, I said it. I score the glass and when I break it, it often comes angled, especially on the thicker glass. The glass does not have a clean perpendicular break. It seems to angle. Do I make sense? Just to clarify, it breaks along the score but the bottom of the glass angles away from the cut.

    Confused yet?

    Stephen Richard

    Are you tapping the back of the glass along the score line?  This will give you angles.  You could go to the Bullseye site, education section where they have a note on “improving your glass cutting skills” which I have always found useful.

    Stephen Richard

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    I have marginal glass cutting Skills.

    I attended a class in February @ the glass expo where we had to cut a fairly intricate pattern . I was embarassed . 1t didn’t help that the instructor treated me like a dummy.

    But in the end, I am OK with that. I think I make nice pieces!


    Jester’s Baubles Fused Glass Designs


    The most common cause I see for problems cutting glass is the work table being the wrong height (usually too high).

    When you score glass your shoulder should be over the glass. This allows for much better control of the downward pressure. When the table is too high then you are forced to reach forward and, arm extended, try to create downward pressure.

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen someone improve their cutting skills 300% just by putting a 4″ platform stool under their feet.

    Helios Kiln Glass Studio


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