Using a Strip Cutter

Using a strip cutter makes life much easier when you are making a stained glass box or lampshade, constructing a geometric panel, creating a Mosaic or simply wanting to cut out border pieces. You can cut diamonds, rectangles, trapezoids and squares. As far as I'm concerned, a strip cutter is a necessary piece of equipment for the stained glass hobbyist.

Some of them are quite inexpensive and for the person that seldom needs to use one, the inexpensive ones will work just fine. I happen to have one of each one described here, plus one that's not shown. Lets just call it a strip cutter fetish:).

Each strip will be exactly the same size, and once the strips are cut, you can easily turn them into the shapes you need.

The most important step in strip cutting is to make sure your measurements are accurate. There's nothing worse than cutting a number of strips only to find out that they are too wide or too narrow. Cut the first strip out of window glass, then lay it on the cartoon to make sure it is accurate. If it isn't, you can adjust the setting to get it right. I'd rather use some window glass and be confident that the measurements are accurate, than to cut up a piece of expensive stained glass only to find out that they were wrong.

I will show you three different types of strip cutters and how to use them. Each one looks different and sets up in it's own unique way, but as you will see, they also have similarities and some common ground rules.

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