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June 19, 2011

Issue #32 All About Cutting a Hole in Glass

Greetings to all stained glass enthusiasts and Happy Father's Day to all of you dads out there. These Stained Glass Gems have been found during my frequent browsing and deep digging for helpful and or unusual stained glass web sites, as well as other information pertaining to stained glass. I do hope that there's a gem or two that will brighten your day and be helpful during your stained glass journey.

I have just become a full time care giver for my 93 year old mother. She is now living with us, and I need a couple of months to get in to a routine. To get the time and rest that I need I won't be doing an ezine for July or August. Look for the next issue on September 18.

Stained Glass Blogs and Web Sites

The blogs and web sites I feature cover a variety of subjects and techniques. Some of the techniques will be different from the way I have demonstrated in my tutorials, but that doesn't mean that either their's or mine are the right way or the wrong way to do it. It's just another way of getting to the end result. I hope you enjoy the following blogs and web sites and perhaps learn something new.

Old is Better Than New Lots of pictures of old traditional style windows.

And here are a few interesting Facebook pages for stained glass artists:
Stained Glass Art

Glass Artists

Germantown High School After School Stained Glass Program


How to Cut a Hole in Glass

This is not something you would use often, if at all. It's more for your own entertainment, although it might come in handy at some time or other. When I lived in Australia, bathroom exhaust fans were installed in the window glass. The following technique was used to cut a hole in the glass, and I learned how to do it from a friend that installed exhaust fans.

It will probably take you a few tries before you get a hole and not a broken sheet of glass, but once you've been successful, it gets easier. It took me 4 tries before I had success for this tutorial. First of all it's been quite a few years since I've cut a hole in glass, and secondly my circle cutter is not a good one. I bought it at a trade show last year without looking at the cutting wheel. I assumed that since it was a brass circle cutter it had a Toyo cutting head on it. That was not to has a turret head with 6 steel wheels and they are very poor quality. I should have known that a brass circle cutter that sold for less than $30 would not be a quality product.

Score 2 circles

Step 1. Score 2 circles. The outer circle should be the exact diameter of the finished hole. The inner circle should be at least 1 inch inside the outer circle. You will see in Step 3 that I have put an X on the glass. The lines run from corner to opposite corner. They make reference lines for centering the circle cutter. I didn't do that on the first 3 pieces of glass, but that picture is my 4th attempt and the piece of glass was quite a bit smaller than the others.

Run the scores

Step 2.Turn the glass over so the back side is facing up and place it on a stack of newspapers. Press over the score lines with your thumbs. You should hear a clicking sound with each press. This will run the scores. Make absolutely sure that both scores are totally run before you go on to the next step. You can see the runs when you hold the glass up to the light. You can see how to do this at Running a Score then scroll down to "Upside Down".

Crosshatch inner circle

Step 3. Turn the glass back over to the front side. Using your glass cutter, crosshatch the inner circle with as many lines as possible. Be absolutely sure you do not go over the edge of the score around the inner circle. To make sure this doesn't happen, I start each crosshatch line 1/16 inch in from the perimeter score line and end it 1/16th inch on the other end of the crosshatch score. If you go over the edge, you probably won't have success making a hole. The black X on the glass is reference lines for centering the circle cutter. They have nothing to do with the crosshatching.

Breaking out the crosshatch

Step 4. Turn the glass over again and place it over your scrap bucket, wastebasket or anything else that you can break glass into. Start tapping on the crosshatches and try to get them all to run. Then tap harder and harder in the center until pieces start to come out. Once a few pieces come out, the rest come out easily.

Score outer ring

Step 5. Make score in the outer ring like the ones drawn on the glass in this picture. Again be careful not to go over the perimeter score line. Turn the glass over and press on the score lines with your thumbs. The glass pieces will come out easily.



Miscellaneous Stuff!

You can find full details about all of my Ebooks Here
The books available are:
Make a Box With a Hinged Lid
Make a Kaleidoscope
Learn the Copper Foil Technique
Learn the Lead Came Technique
Frequently Asked Questions About Patina
Frequently Asked Questions About Copper Foil

Delphi has some new Metal Accents and Hangers to embellish your work. The hooks will give a much nicer finish to panels rather than using jump rings for hanging.

Go to How-To DVDs to find hundreds of "How To" DVD's for rent. If you want to learn how to do it from drawing a picture to repairing a car, it's available on one of their DVDs. They have some very interesting stained glass tutorials that can be found at Glass

Best deals in art glass suppliesDelphi Stained Glass Supplies is a place where I have bought supplies online and over the phone for many years. Some very helpful people work there, and I recommend Delphi as a reliable place to order your supplies.

Have a look at Robert Oddy's web site for some unique patterns, plus a free pattern to show you what the patterns and instructions guides are like.

Although Robert's patterns aren't for beginners, I know there are a lot of you that are very capable of working with them. These patterns will make your skill level grow by leaps and bounds and you'll learn new techniques that you won't be taught in any classroom. Have a look at what he has to offer and download that free's beautiful and something I know most of you would love to make.

I want to encourage you to have fun and experiment with your glass. Try new things and different techniques. It's amazing what you can do when you "think outside the box."


Stained Glass Patterns and Tutorials

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