Ways To Cut Glass Tiles
Glass tiles have become increasingly popular in new homes. These are some ways to cut glass tiles. Put on your safety gear. Gloves are necessary to protect your fingers, and protective eyewear is needed just in case a tile shatters or is dropped. Prepare your cutting surface. Place your glass tiles on a plastic cutting board or piece of wood. The tool you will use is designed to etch glass and therefore is dangerous to most surfaces. Cut your glass tiles away from all delicate surfaces. Tape your tile to your cutting surface. Taping your tile down will prevent it from moving and give you more control. Score your tile with your tile-cutting tool. Your tile-cutting tool contains a small blade that will “score” or etch a line across your tile. The tool is simple to use. Essentially you draw the tool across your tile in whatever shape you like. You should move slowly and apply even pressure when scoring. Cutting tools can be very cheap or much more expensive. The professional-grade tools release a bit of oil as they cut to improve the smoothness of the etching.
Snap your tile into two pieces. Once your tile is scored it should break along the scored line. You can snap the glass tiles by holding one side in each hand and snapping it in two, facing the break away from you. You can also elevate one side of the tile by floating half of it off the edge of your cutting surface, and gently tapping the unsupported side with a small tool. A wooden spoon is a good choice for tapping. Make sure that the falling piece lands on a soft surface (like a folded towel) to prevent it from breaking.