Different Kinds of Stained Glass Tools

There are various tools associated with working with stained glasses. These tools ease the work associated with the glass especially soldering, cutting, marking and smothering the glass. Some of the stained glass tools used are as highlighted below.

In the workshop, glass needs to be cut. The most commonly used tools are glass cutters which are made of a wheel held up by bearings. The wheels can be made of any hard materials carbide, steel or rather tungsten. Although all glass cutters are unique, only the handles tend to make them different from one another.

Other stained glass tools include the soldering iron and grinder. A soldering iron is a tool with a temperature control knob which typically regulates the temperature while using it. A grinder is an electric tool used in glassware industry to make the edges of the glass smooth. Apart from the grinder, other essential tools required for the work of smoothing the edges of glass are worktable or board and the brushes.

Another key stained glass tool required for the job is the grozing pliers. Its look likes the ordinary pliers though its main purpose is to cut the lead. The grozing pliers is preferred to the ordinary pliers since the pressure it applies to the glass is much less than that applied by ordinary pliers. If the pressure is too much, it leads to the glass cracking. Grozing pliers are somewhat unaffordable, so a special standard knife known as putty knife may be used in its place. Before using the standard knife, one needs to modify the blade to look thin and sharp.

Another major tool used for glass working is the Pattern Shear which is used to make paper patterns. Although those are the major items to use, one may need several minor tools required for any workshop work.


Source by Bridgett Smith
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