View Full Version : Cutting stained glass with a Dremel?
18-03-2010, 03:00 PM
I've got a lovely piece of blue glass left over from a course and would like to have a go at cutting it with my Dremel, or something similar. Leaf shapes preferably. BTW, I'd also like to smooth the edges, once cut.
Any hints,tips, recommendations you can pass on would be lovely
18-03-2010, 03:13 PM
Diamond cutting tools (discs or burrs), slow speed, loads of water - immersed if you can, trickle if not - and a flexible shaft to keep the Dremel away from the resulting spray?
18-03-2010, 03:14 PM
And safety glasses!!!
18-03-2010, 03:26 PM
Thanks guys. Yep, I've got a flexshaft and safety goggles. What about sanding down the sharp edges, would the micromesh magic do the trick???
18-03-2010, 03:35 PM
And safety glasses!!!
Goes without saying - but it really ought not to, thank you!
Never tried Micromesh on glass - but the silicon carbide on wet & dry works.
18-03-2010, 04:12 PM
Thanks for that. It seems a shame to leave it unloved in the drawer, so I thought I'd give it a new lease of life.
18-03-2010, 08:22 PM
I cut glass all the time, i haven't used a dremel for cutting, I use an oil filled wheel cutter, then breaking piers, or two pairs of pliers to hold small pieces while I break it. Some of my dichroic jewellery pieces have tiny bits of glass and this method works for me. I also nibble pices off with grozing pliers but I don't do this on dichro.
I do use my dremel for grinding edges occasionally, i use one of the grey stone like heads, sorry I don't know what they are called. Please wear goggles and a dust mask and do it outside if possible.
18-03-2010, 09:35 PM
Jillie I just had to say how beautiful your watercolours are. That poppy is stunning and puts me in mind of Georgia O'Keefe.
18-03-2010, 10:06 PM
Thanks for the tips Jille. I love your work. :Y:
Do you know of a supplier where I can get some oil filled cutters please?
19-03-2010, 06:29 AM
Thank you, I'm glad you liked my work. I get almost all my glass supplies from Warm Glass in Bristol. They have an online shop and delivery is very quick
Warm Glass -- glass fusing, fused glass, slumping, kiln-forming, casting, glass kiln, kiln (http://www.warmglass.co.uk)
19-03-2010, 07:47 AM
That's a good site, thanks for the link Jille. :X
19-03-2010, 08:02 AM
you're welcome, this is a great forum I've learned so much already so if I can help anyone with what i know I'm happy to contribute.
I would like to combine porcelain painting, glass fusing and silver into some interesting jewellery, but I'm not there yet
19-03-2010, 09:50 AM
Thanks for that. ;)
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