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First Time Glass Cutting

Safety Tips
    Wear glasses or safety goggles while cutting, breaking, grossing and trimming. Never force a break. If a score does not break easily, move and redo. If you do not force the breaks, there is little danger in cutting yourself, other than small superficial scratches. The glass pieces should be grasped with the tips of your fingers inside, away from the edges. Never grip with the palm of your hand.

Work Area
    Use a sturdy table high enough to allow standing while you work, a well-lighted, ventilated area away from children, pets, etc.

Supplies and Equipment
    Small piece glass cutting (scoring and breaking) is a very easy, simple procedure. You do not need expensive machines and supplies but you must have a sharp glass cutter and a pair of high quality grossing and breaking pliers. In addition to a glass cutter and breaking pliers assemble a pad. A resilient pad can be made from an 8” or 10” square of old carpet or a piece of spongy place mat, etc.
    As you work, shake the pad and brush off bits of glass from the work area. To catch most waste glass as you break and trim, set a tall waste basket on the table so you can stand and work with your hands down inside. Position the form to one side of the table so you can turn and work over it as you trim and fit the pieces on the form cartoon.
    Place a table or desk lamp with shade removed at the back of the table to use in selecting glass.

Light Box
    A light box can be used two ways: (1) to help select glass and color and grain; (2) to use as a handy scoring platform (very helpful for dark glass).
    Construct a small platform box that is open at each end, about 3 1/2” high, that will hold one square foot of 1/4” plate glass. The plate glass is covered with Mylar tracing plastic to diffuse the light and provide a non-slip scoring surface. A clear 25 watt tube type light bulb is placed on one side of the box. This positions the light under a scoring area near the edge of the box.