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Cup Mosaic Tile Art - Mosaic Glass Cutters

Making wonderful glass mosaic ceramic tile art is easy! Permit me demonstrate how.

Wheeled glass cutters are essential for creating glass mosaics. I put it to use to reduce and shape vitreous glass and stained glass. It can be used to reduce 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. As opposed to scoring and breaking, the wheels apply even pressure to the top and bottom sides of the glass, creating it to fracture together the line of the wheels.
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The wheels are replaceable and eventually go dull, although not before several thousand cuts. Each wheel is held in place by a setscrew (usually an Allen screw). Since 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 that is 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 whole circumference of the wheels, particularly if they may carbide.

When the tires finally do become boring, I suggest buying a complete new tool. The wheels make up the almost all the tool's cost, so you won't save much by just buying replacement wheels. With a brand new tool, not only are the tires sharp, but the rubber handle grips are new and clean (the rubber would wear 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 there's nothing to keep the handles from spreading too far separate. When that happens, the spring falls off. It's quite annoying to drop 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. Thus, until I obtain a new tool, the spring constantly falls off. Another reason to obtain a new tool instead of just replacement tires is, if you fall the tool, it's possible to knock the rims out of alignment. So , after several projects when you think the tires need replacing, I suggest buying a whole new tool.

When 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 long lasting mark) to make a small tick mark quietly of each wheel where it details the glass when cutting (the two tick signifies should be aligned opposite each other). I use an engraving tool for making the tick marks and so i don't 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 anchoring screws. After several of these adjustments, the tick signifies have hot 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 issue how hard I crank down on those anchoring screws, it apparently isn't tight enough because the rims slowly rotate by on their own from stress exerted during the cutting action. Right after several days and many cuts, I spot the tick marks are no longer aligned directly opposite each other, which indicates the rims have rotated slightly. Maybe 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 quickly don't have to manually do it.

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