Making wonderful glass mosaic floor tile art is easy! Permit me demonstrate how.
Wheeled glass cutters are essential for creating glass mosaics. I utilize it to reduce and shape vitreous a glass and stained glass. That can even be used to slice smalti. The wheeled blades make cleaner cuts than tile nippers. The two carbide wheels (or steel, if you buy cheap cutters) are fixed in position. Instead of scoring and breaking, the wheels apply even pressure to the top and bottom edges of the glass, creating it to fracture together the line of the wheels.
The wheels are replaceable and eventually go dull, but not before several thousand cuts. Each tyre is held in place by a setscrew (usually an Allen screw). Since your cuts become noticeably less clean than when the cutters were new, use an Allen wrench that is to loosen the anchoring screws, rotate each wheel about 1/8-inch, and then re-tighten the screws. By altering the location of where each wheel touches the glass, you have, in effect, replaced the rotor blades. It’ll have a long time and many cuts to use the whole circumference of the wheels, particularly when they may carbide.
When the tires finally do become uninteresting, I would recommend buying a whole new tool. The rims make up the bulk of the tool’s cost, so you won’t save much by simply buying replacement wheels. Having a brand new tool, not only are the wheels sharp, however the rubber manage grips are new and clean (the rubber wears down and becomes dirty) and the spring is secured in-place. Every now and then, the early spring breaks free from my cutters. The tool still works with a reduce spring, but irritating to keep the handles from spreading too far aside. When that happens, the spring falls off. Is actually quite annoying to drop the spring, watch it bounce out of attain, and then have to get out of my chair to retrieve it. I tried soldering it permanently in place, but it didn’t work because I couldn’t get the metal hot enough. Therefore, until I buy a new tool, the spring constantly falls off. Another reason to purchase a new tool as opposed to just replacement wheels is, if you drop the tool, it’s possible to knock the tires out of alignment. Therefore , after several projects when you think the rims need replacing, I suggest buying a whole new tool.
When your new tool arrives, use an Allen wrench tool to tighten the anchoring screws as tight as possible. Then, use an engraver, paint, felt-tip marker (or whatever you have that makes a everlasting mark) to make a tiny tick mark on the side of each wheel where it details the glass when cutting (the two tick marks should be aligned opposing each other). I use an engraving tool for making the tick marks and so i may have to worry about paint or ink eventually rubbing off. After a few hundred cuts, release the screws, turn each wheel slightly, and then re tighten the anchoring screws. After several of these adjustments, the tick signifies have gone full circle indicating that it’s time to replace the tool (or just the wheels, if you prefer).
Don’t be surprised if the wheels rotate by themselves. No matter how hard I turn down on those anchoring screws, it apparently isn’t tight enough because the wheels slowly rotate by themselves from stress exerted during the cutting action. Following several days and many cuts, I spot the mark marks are no extended aligned directly opposite each other, which indicates the wheels have rotated slightly. Might be I’m a weakling, but I just can’t get the screws tight enough to keep them static. Yet , that’s okay with me because, if they turn by themselves, i quickly don’t have to manually do it.