Cutting Mosaic Tiles with Tile Nippers

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Tile nippers are the preferred tool for cutting tiles for mosaics. Learn how to use tile nippers to cut tiles for mosaic tile art in this free video.

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I'm now going to teach you how to use your tile nippers to break your tile. It's important to keep your safety goggles on while you nip your tiles because shards can still come up into your eyes, but you no longer need your gloves. To cut your tile, you want to put the nippers half on and half off the tile, like this. You want to put your hand under it so it will fall into your hand and not all over the place, and you just press down firmly. It'll cut, just like that, in two. You can also position it higher or lower, it will never be exact, but it will at least give you a kind of a sense of what shape you're going to create. Another way you can use these nippers is to take off corners that you may not want. It's the same technique, put it just half on and half off, but all you're cutting is a corner now, squeeze, and there you go. It's important to remember that it's easier to cut the tile from the broken edge and not the finished outside edge. So when you do your nipping, try to do it from the broken edge.

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