Mosaic tile nippers are generally used to cut mosaic tile, but they can be used for cutting off pieces of glass. Although they don’t cut nice even straight lines, this fact can be used to create one-of-a-kind art. When first starting out in glass fusing, I would use nippers to cut chunks of glass to make organic designs.
You will want to purchase the wheeled cutters. The blades are made out of tungsten carbide, wheel-shaped and can be replaced if needed. If the blade is getting dull, it can be turned slightly. On the other hand if the entire wheel has become dull it is time to purchase a new blade.
When cutting with this tool, the glass can shatter and break into unusual shapes, you will end up with jagged edges. Use these to your advantage in your fused piece. If you want a straight edge, you can use the nippers to nip off the glass until you achieve the look you want. Like any tool, practicing will improve your cutting skills.
Using them is very simple and easy to accomplish.
1. Wear your safety goggles to protect your eyes.
2. Place the wheels where the desired cut is to be made.
3. Place your other had over the cutter to prevent any flying glass from shooting up and hitting you in the face.
4. Squeeze the handles together.
5. Once cut, clear the glass to remove any debris.
6. Arrange your desired pattern on a prepared kiln shelf.
7. Fire the piece to either a tack fuse or full fuse.
Watch the video below to see these cutters in action:
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