Hot Glass Crafts How-Tos

How To: Make a fumed implosion glass pendant

The implosion technique in glass blowing creates the effect of multi-colored fingers of glass within another piece of clear glass. This video glass blowing tutorial shows how to use this style to make a jewelry pendant. Watch as the glass is shaped over a flame to recreate the fumed implosion technique resulting in a necklace pendant.

How To: Cut flat laminated glass

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to cut laminated glass. Laminated glass is a safety glass that has two pieces of glass with a plastic foam in between. The materials required to cut laminated glass are: an oil glass cutter, L-square, razor blade and an optional propane torch. Begin by marking the glass to your preferred measurement. Then use the L-square to line up the marking. Then use the oil glass cutter to cut down the marked line. Flip it over do the same on the other side. Then...

How To: Make mini glass mobiles

Watch this instructional video to make a mini glass mobile. You will need pliers, pieces of wire, some wire rings, and a fishing loop to attach the different pieces. The earlier processes involved melting wire to pieces of glass, but here we witness the fun part of making a mobile. With a small hand made S hook, the mobile can hang in any doorway or window frame.

How To: Cut large format glass tiles

In this video, we learn how to cut large format glass tiles. First, measure out where you want the cut to be on the glass, then cut it with a sharp X-acto knife. After this, use a glass cutter to cut the bottom of the glass and create a crack what will go down to the cut that you just made. After this, break the two sections apart and you will have two piece of tile out of your large one. You can do this on any kind of tile and it takes just a few short steps. When you're done, sand down the ...

How To: Etch glass in 5 minutes

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to etch glass in 5 minutes. The materials needed for his procedure are: contact paper, Armour Etch and a paintbrush, glass and a sink. Begin by cutting the contact paper face up on a circuit mat. Cut it on medium speed and pressure. Then put the contact paper on glass. Work carefully to prevent any wrinkles and bubbles in the design. Now put the etching cream on in a dabbing motion. The etching cream will not run into areas that are not stuck down. Fi...

How To: Make a round glass bead

Watch this instructional lampworking video to make a round bead using the Zoozii "Make Your Own Round" bead press. This video displays a clear example of how to use the bead press and other lampworking tools. The text instructions provide tips for perfecting your round glass bead.

How To: Lampwork glass rain drops

This is a quick lampworking instructional video showing how to make borosilicate glass rain drops using a torch. The glass needs some careful sculpting to form a clear glass loop at the top. This process can be repeated to make several rain drop ornaments. Brush up on your lampworking skills with this fun glass tutorial.

How To: Make a glass out of a beer bottle

This video tutorial shows how to make a cool beer glass out of a beer bottle. This is also a great trick for cutting the bottle; forget the glass cutter or tricks with string and acetone. Just pour oil up to the level where you want the bottle cut off and place a red-hot piece of metal into it. Because of the great heat conductivity of oil and at the poor heat conductivity of glass, it will expand at the edge of the oil surface, cracking in a nice even line. Watch this instructional video and...

How To: Cut a piece of glass with scissors

In this video, we learn how to cut a piece of glass with scissors, water, and a lighter. First, you will need to grab a lighter and place it under the piece of glass that you want to cut to heat it up. Next, you will place your piece of glass into a sink full of water and cut your desired piece. Make sure to cut carefully, as you can get hurt very easily when dealing with sharp edges of glass. Make sure you are keeping the piece of glass you are using completely submerged in the water, along ...

How To: Cut mirror

Do you have a mirror that needs fitting in your bathroom, living room, or bedroom? From My Glass Trades, a video on how to cut mirror. Learn about the tools and techniques used to cut mirror and how to use an oil filled glass cutter and neophenolic L square. Get your project done the right way, and study up before you begin!

How To: Cut a glass bottle with a string

This video describes the process of cutting a beer bottle in half. First a piece of string is tied around a glass beer bottle to gauge the proper length that the string should be. Next, excess string is cut off and the tied string loop is slid up and off of the bottle. Next, the cap of a bottle of nail polish remover is unscrewed and the cap is filled with nail polish remover. The string is then wadded up and dipped into the nail polish remover for a couple seconds. The string is slid back on...

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