Korn meant something different I guess when singing these lines; here’s a post about breaking glass, and not just any glass, mind you, wet plate collodion black glass 🙂
I might have mentioned this topic before, but since I bought new glass past Monday, and enjoyed the following evenings cutting those plates, I thought I might share the tools and method I use.
There are not many things you need to do this yourself. The main reason I do this myself nowadays is that the first batch I ordered pre-cut went amiss; plates were cut 2mm bigger than I ordered which rendered them useless. Expensive lesson.
However, the things you need:
- a cutting mat ( I solely use this to outline the cuts)
- a glass cutter
- a tool to break the glass
- a ruler
- a wet stone to polish the sharp edges of the freshly cut plates
- oh, and music 🙂 Lots of it. To keep the spirit up when the cutting goes astray 🙂
In short what you do is you force to break the glass in a controlled manner. You make a scratch alongside the ruler on the glass using the glass cutter (no oil for obvious reasons). That scratch (score) is where the glass will break. You then use a tool which helps you to break the glass more easily. Or you just simply hit the plate, along the scratch line which is facing you, on the side of a table, and thereby forcing the breaking of the plate.
In my experience it’s best if you manage to score the glass in one swift movement. If you have to redo the score you have more chances the breaking is not exactly going to follow the scratched line, at least that’s what I noticed. Perhaps 3mm is also a little harder to break neatly than the 2mm, which I would prefer next time. I did suffer from some break lines going wrong because my cutter seems not be making a perfect score anymore, maybe it has lost its edge due to ageing or maybe my technique went south. Working on that, more will follow as I have one more plate left to cut.
I bought my tools and glass from uniekglas, a nice on-and offline shop in Someren, the Netherlands. Really friendly and helpful people there and they have tons of glass, in all different colors and sizes.
Oh, and for those interested in reading more on cutting glass ( I was), with and without the use of oil: read this..