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Making wonderful glass mosaic floor tile art is easy! Allow me explain to you how.
Wheeled glass cutters are essential for creating glass mosaics. I utilize it to reduce and form vitreous a glass and stained glass. It can also 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. Rather than scoring and breaking, the wheels apply even pressure to the top and bottom sides of the glass, leading to it to fracture along the line of the wheels.
The wheels are replaceable and eventually go dull, although not before several thousand cuts. Each tyre is held in place by a setscrew (usually an Allen screw). As your cuts become noticeably less clean than when the cutters were new, use an Allen wrench to loosen the screws, rotate each wheel about 1/8-inch, and then re-tighten the screws. By transforming 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 entire circumference of the wheels, especially when they're carbide.
When the wheels finally do become that is boring, I would recommend buying a entire new tool. The wheels make up the bulk of the tool's cost, so you won't save much by just buying replacement wheels. With a brand new tool, not only are the wheels sharp, however the rubber handle grips are new and clean (the rubber dons down and becomes dirty) and the spring is secured in-place. Every now and then, the spring breaks free from my cutters. The tool still works with a free 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 reach, 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. So, until I buy a new tool, the spring constantly falls off. Another reason to get a new tool as opposed to just replacement rims is, if you decline the tool, it's possible to knock the tires out of alignment. Therefore , after several projects when you think the tires need replacing, I suggest buying a whole new tool.
When your new tool arrives, how to use 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 permanent mark) to make a little tick mark quietly of each wheel where it variations the glass when slicing (the two tick signifies should be aligned opposite each other). I use an engraving tool in making the tick marks and so i don't have to worry about paint or ink eventually rubbing off. After a few hundred cuts, ease the screws, turn each wheel slightly, and then re tighten the anchoring screws. After several of these adjustments, the tick signifies have hot full circle showing that it's time to replace the tool (or just the wheels, if you prefer).
Don't be surprised if the tires rotate independently. No make a difference how hard I turn down on those anchoring screws, it apparently isn't restricted enough because the rims slowly rotate by by themselves from the pressure exerted during the cutting action. Right after several days and many cuts, I notice the beat marks are no extended aligned directly opposite each other, signifies the rims have rotated slightly. Probably I'm a weakling, but I just can't get the screws tight enough to keep them stationary. Nevertheless , that's okay with me because, if they turn by themselves, i quickly don't have to personally do it.