How to Cut Glass With a Diagram

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Cutting glass over a light table is a great way to lay out the pattern pieces under the glass and see exactly where to cut. Find out how to use pattern pieces to cut stained glass with helpful instruction from an experienced glass artist in this free video on glass crafts.

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Today we're going to demonstrate glass cutting on a light table. First we're going to choose the pattern that we're going to be working with and this happens to be a lovely patterns with flowers in a basket. Next I'm going to choose the type of glass that I think is I want for my flowers. This is a great glass because as you can see it has some yellow and some pink and some white; giving me an opportunity to have different flowers, be different colors from the same sheet of glass. To begin I'm going to label my pattern with the type of glass that I've chosen. So every petal is going to say a number and the letter of the type of glass. Once I've done that I'm going to lay my glass on a petal in the direction that I wanted to go and sometimes it's easier to just cut a strip about the width of one of the petals. This gives me a smaller piece of glass to work and yet I still have all the colors that I want. So here I'm able to move my pattern around to accommodate me and I cut and I break. As you can see the black line is expose; I'm cutting on the inside of this black line, giving me plenty of room for a good fit for my copper foil or my lead came. Depending on what I've decided to choose, I'm going to make sure that I cut within that black line with a certain amount of space. And that's my first petal.

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