DON'T THROW THOSE TINY PIECES AWAY!

by Mickie
(Texas)

I always had lots of tiny pieces of glass I saved in case I ever wanted to get into mosaics. However, the edges were always a problem because of the slivers & did not want to spend time running them around the grinder. I had a cheap rock tumbler so I put about 1/3 full of the tiny glass pieces with a little soap & just covered with warm water. At first I let it run about 3 hours, but have found that about 1 hour does the same and the glass comes out where you can roll the pieces around in your hands with no cuts as the edges are smooth, it also cleans the glass of any residue from cutting. I put the pieces in a colander and run water thru them putting them on a towel to dry and have jars of colored pieces for many projects. I hated to waste any glass no matter how small! Now I give glass away to those who mosaic.

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Something To Do With Scrap Glass

by Dave Barber
(Rockton, Il )

I cut my smaller pcs of glass into mosaic sized pcs then put them in a rock tumbler with some water and let them tumble for a couple of days to knock off the sharp edges. Nice to handle and the tumblers are reasonable at hobby centers. It's something to do with all small pcs of glass.

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Storage For Scrap Glass

by Keith Robinson
(Cottingham, UK)

I bought this stack of six storage drawers from a local office supplies shop (Staples) for a few pounds. They are supposed to be for office use but I find them very usefull for glass scraps, sorted by colour. As they are constucted from tough nylon type material they can take a lot of weight, and be removed for benchtop investigation without cracking (like the drawers in a fridge tend to do) They come with castors and can either be stacked with others or broken down into 2s or 3s etc. Inexpensive and functional - what more could you want?

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