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Issue #054 - Circle Cutting
February 26, 2013

Hot Out of the Kiln

February 26, 2013

Spring must be in the air, because I am in this fierce Spring cleaning mood!

I have decided to completely re-do my glass studio, and I am not just talking about moving things around either.

This particular room has not had anything done to it for about fifteen years now, so I have removed everything from the room to give it new flooring and a fresh paint job.

The rest of my home looks like I am officially a hoarder, as I have boxes and items everywhere.

The new flooring has been put down, and the walls have a shiny new coat of a light tan paint.

One of the drawbacks to this process is that I haven’t been able to do any fusing, and putting everything back and into place is taking a lot of time.

The Spring 2013 issue of the Fused Glass Projects magazine is complete and available to purchase by clicking here.

I would like to thank all of the individuals who turned in these motivating and exciting articles for this issue.

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Here is a list of the articles in the Winter 2012 issue:

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Letter from the Editor

by Connie Brown

Table of Contents


Fused Glass Jewelry Using No Days Bailbond

by Carrie Strope Sohayda

No Days Bailbond makes finishing off jewelry easy and quick. Carrie explains how to create fused glass jewelry using this glue. Be sure to note her helpful suggestions.

What Kiln to Purchase

by Connie Brown

New to glass fusing and unsure of what type of kiln to purchase. Connie discusses some of the items to consider when buying this expensive investment.

HotPot Jewelry

by Diana van Dijk

Hotpot kilns are growing in popularity. These small forms are inserted into a microwave kiln and then the glass is fused. Diana walks us through all of the steps for a successful firing.

Fused Designs on Slump Molds

by Geo Meadows

Geo shares some creative and exciting pieces that are designed and then slumped over molds. Learn how his strategy for a couple of inventive projects will assist you in making some fabulous and colorful pieces.

Working with Powders and Stencils

by Helen Rose

Helen explains how to use organic material as stencils in her glass fusing projects. Read her step-by-step instructions for constructing some amazing fused glass artwork.

Kiln Fused Glass Pendant Bails - Part 2

by Jeanne Marie

Jeanne continues to enlighten us with types of bails that can be utilized to create interesting fused glass pendants. Why purchase store bails when you can fashion unique bails for your fused glass pendants.

Rubber Tube Bail

by Tiffany Parham

Do you want a quick and simple bail for your fused glass cabachons? These easy to create bails give your fused glass jewelry a very unique appearance.

Spring Art

by Anne Nye

Anne has a way of painting on glass that is inspiring and gorgeous. She is sharing some of her Spring Art to inspire some creativity.

CBS Contest Results

by Dana Baldwin

The CBS contests results are in and the submissions are fantastic! Which one is your favorite?

Tips and Tricks

We are starting a new section to provide everyone with some helpful tips and tricks in glass fusing. Assist others by submitting your suggestions for firing glass, items not normally used for glass fusing, or other helpful tips and tricks.

Trouble Shooting

Causes for Cracks - Find out some helpful information on what could cause cracks in your fusing projects.

Reader Comments

What's New

Glass Fusing Supplies

Advertisers'/Contributors' Index

If you would like to submit an article and have it included in a future issue, please contact us. We already have a few individuals working on writing articles for the next issue.

Until next month…keep it hot!


1. Feature Article

2. Quote of the Month

3. Glass Fusing Books and DVDs

4. Reader Responses

5. Tips and Tricks

6. Share the Site

7. What's New

8. Product Review

Circle Cutting

Cutting a glass has always been a tough job and circle cutting makes it even more difficult. When cutting circles, there is always the chance of making a mistake, which could be quite costly, since fusing glass is so expensive.

Basically, a circle glass cutter is made up of a straight piece of length with a suction cup at one end and a cutter head at the other. The length of the cutter head can be adjusted to vary the diameter of the glass. This is all in principal, how circle glass cutters works.

Circle cutters are the available tool in the market which will help you to cut circular pieces of glass without much effort and also you will not have to spend extra money for the finishing of the edges. There are many options of circle glass cutters available and like glass cutters you have to choose the one which fits your needs.

Various brands have various features attached to their tools which differentiate one from the other and also gives customers the option to choose. The main manufacturers of circle glass cutters are Silberschnitt, Glastar, Inland and Morton.


A circular glass cutter can be used with a glass cutting mat or firm piece of carpet that can provide a stable surface under the entire piece of glass. After the glass is scored, turn it over and carefully apply pressure along the score line all the way around to break the circle out.

Also, you have to be careful while scoring the glass. Do not apply to much pressure while cutting and you should not move the cutting wheel back and forth. It should be run in one direction only. Some homework, combination of tools and practice and you’ll soon be cutting glasses easily as a knife cuts through butter, and don’t forget about the eye protection.

Once the score line has been run, use a glass cutter to cut away the outside glass. This can be done by scoring and running the glass from the outside edges of the glass to the outside of the run circle. This will allow you to easily break away all the excess glass.

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Have you been wanting to learn the hot craft of glass fusing, but don't know where to begin?

Whether you enjoy watching movies to learn the techniques, or having a book to refer to as you learn, these learning tools will assist you in your progress.

If you don't have access to glass fusing classes, or want to learn some of the techniques that are not generally taught at these instructional settings, look no further.

I am trying to add new and exciting information all the time, and these learning materials are the newest items added to the site to help others learn glass fusing procedures.

To view or purchase any of the DVDs, Books, E-books or Downloadable Movies, click here.

TIP - If downloading any of the downloadable movies, keep in mind that they are very large files.

If you purchase and want to download any of these large files, you might consider using a product like the Free Download Manager.

It is a free product that needs to be downloaded and installed on your computer.

It will increase the download speed and decrease the time required to download the product.



I have searched high and low for the Pilot Marker to use on glass fusing, but every store you have listed on your site does not carry them. Where can I find these. Do you sell them? Please help.
Thank you.




In response to the Reader Question, I found the easiest way to get Pilot Pens is to order them directly from the makers website. All the stores that sold them in my area stopped carrying them. I ordered a dozen because of price (which is much lower per pen than I previously found in stores and at the craft retailers). The website address for the pens is:
Buying a dozen may sound a bit pricey, I gave some to friends involved in stain glass and fused glass projects. If these are kept in the original wrapping, they should keep for a few years.
Terry B


I have found the Pilot marker pen at Office Depot. They have gold and silver.
I have a question about fire polishing. Often I will have to grind or cut away part of a fused piece of Bullseye glass. What kind of fire polishing schedule is recommended?
Ray N


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  • Circle Cutter

    I was a little timid cutting circles, and even took a class where we were given the chance to hands-on cut circles out of a large sheet of glass.

    Although the class was interesting, they were cutting window glass and not thick fusing glass, so I was still quite shy about attempting to cut circles.

    At one point, I had the Glastar cutter, and really had a hard time getting it to stay put and actually score the glass.

    I now have a Fletcher CircleMate and this instrument makes cutting circles much easier.

    I cut out about a dozen circles out of ½ inch fusing glass last year, and each one came out perfect.

    What type of circle cutter do you have and how is it working?

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