Producing wonderful glass mosaic tile art is easy! Permit me show you how.
Wheeled glass cutters are essential for creating glass mosaics. I make use of it to reduce and form vitreous a glass and stained glass. That can even be used to cut smalti. The wheeled cutters make cleaner cuts than tile nippers. The two carbide wheels (or 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 edges of the glass, causing it to fracture along the line of the wheels.
The wheels are replaceable and eventually go dull, although not before several thousand cuts. Each steering wheel is held in place by a setscrew (usually an Allen screw). As your cuts become significantly less clean than when the cutters were new, use an Allen wrench tool to loosen the screws, that is rotate each wheel about 1/8-inch, and then re-tighten the screws. By transforming the location of where each wheel touches the glass, you have, in effect, replaced the blades. It’ll require a long time and many cuts to use the entire circumference of the wheels, particularly if they’re carbide.
When the rims finally do become dull, I would recommend buying a whole new tool. The rims make up the bulk of the tool’s cost, which means you won’t save much by simply buying replacement wheels. Having a brand new tool, not only are the wheels sharp, nevertheless the rubber handle grips are new and clean (the rubber dons down and becomes dirty) and the spring is secured in-place. Every now and then, the spring breaks free from my cutters. The tool still works with a loose spring, but irritating to keep the handles from spreading too far apart. When that happens, the spring falls off. Is actually quite annoying to fall the spring, watch it bounce out of attain, 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. Therefore, until I purchase a new tool, the spring constantly falls off. Another reason to buy a new tool instead of just replacement tires is, if you drop the tool, it’s possible to knock the wheels out of alignment. Therefore , after several projects when you think the tires need replacing, I suggest buying a whole new tool.
Once your new tool arrives, how to use Allen wrench to tighten the screws as tight as possible. Then, use an engraver, paint, felt-tip marker (or whatever you have that makes a permanent mark) to make a tiny mark mark privately of each wheel where it variations the glass when trimming (the two tick signifies should be aligned reverse each other). I prefer an engraving tool in making the tick marks therefore i may have to worry about paint or ink eventually rubbing off. After a few hundred cuts, release the screws, turn each wheel slightly, and then re tighten the anchoring screws. After several of these adjustments, the tick scars have become full circle showing that it’s time to replace the tool (or just the wheels, if you prefer).
Don’t be surprised if the wheels rotate on their own. No make a difference how hard I crank down on those anchoring screws, it apparently isn’t restricted enough because the rims slowly rotate by on their own from stress exerted during the cutting action. Following several days and many cuts, I spot the mark marks are no longer aligned directly opposite each other, signifies the tires 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 personally do it.