Cutting a mirror is easier than it seems. If you have the right tools (and proper safety equipment) you can cut almost any mirror you’d like.
Here’s what you need to do:
Step #1: Gather your materials – Get your tools together before you start. That will prevent you from having to run to the store during the middle of your project.
Here’s what you need:
Step #2: Prepare your workspace – Layer a few sheets of newsprint over your table. You should work on the flattest, most level table possible.
Make sure that the sides of your glass pane don’t hang over the edges too much. If it does, you’ll risk cracking it.
Step #3: Clean the glass – Apply glass cleaner to the pane and wipe it down with the microfiber cloth.
This is important, as dust and dirt will make it difficult to properly cut the glass.
Step #4: Measure your cuts – Use your ruler or measurement tool to identify the spots where you want to cut. Mark the line with your wax pencil. If you’re afraid the glass is going to slide, mount it to the table with masking tape.
Step #5: Apply cutting oil – Put on your gloves and use a paper towel to apply cutting oil where you plan to cut.
Step #6: Cut the glass – Place your ruler or straight edge along your marked line. Place the glass cutter on the line, apply slight pressure, and drag it down the glass.
Always cut toward yourself. Also, be sure not to press too hard as it may crack the glass. The goal is to “score” the pane by cutting halfway into the glass, not all the way through it.
Step #7: Snap along the score – Once the glass is scored, you’ll have to crack the rest of it. Carefully lift the pane and place the dowel underneath the scored line. Place a palm on each side of the line and apply slight pressure to snap the pane along the line.
Step #8: Finish the edges – With your gloves still on, wipe the microfiber along the edge to remove any small shards. If there are any large pieces still attached, use pliers to crack them off.
Run sandpaper along the perimeter of the glass to smoothen it out.
Step #9: Clean your workspace – Place the pane aside an vacuum up. Make sure not to miss anything, as small glass shards are dangerous.
How To Cut A Mirror Withour A Glass Cutter
If you don’t have a glass cutter, there are a few other tools you might try.
Here are some tools that can be used as a substitute:
If you choose to use any of these materials, make sure it’s sharp enough to cut the glass. If the tool doesn’t score the glass on the first cut, you’ll need to find something sharper.
How To Cut A Mirror With A Dremel
If you know how to use power tools, you can use a Dremel to cut glass.
This is a popular technique among mirror fabricators, as it allows you to cut rounded lines instead of just straight lines. So, you can make a circle mirror, an oval-shaped mirror, and a bunch of other cool stuff.
It also allows you to carve directly into the glass if you want to add details or designs.
When you use a Dremel, you actually cut directly through the glass (instead of just scoring it). The key is to cut very slowly, so you don’t crack the pane.
Also, it helps to cut at a 45-degree angle. This enables the Dremel to dig through the glass faster.
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