Generating wonderful glass mosaic floor tile art is easy! Allow me show you how.
Wheeled glass cutters are essential for creating glass mosaics. I put it to use to cut and shape vitreous a glass and stained glass. That may also be used to cut smalti. The wheeled blades make cleaner cuts than tile nippers. The two carbide wheels (or stainlesss steel, if you buy cheap cutters) are fixed in position. Instead of scoring and breaking, the wheels apply even pressure to the top and bottom sides of the glass, creating it to fracture alongside the line of the wheels.
The wheels are replaceable and eventually go dull, but not before several thousand cuts. Each steering wheel is held in place by a setscrew (usually an Allen screw). As your cuts become substantially less clean than when the cutters were new, use an Allen wrench to loosen the anchoring screws, rotate each wheel about 1/8-inch, and then re-tighten the screws. By changing 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, particularly when could possibly be carbide.
When the rims finally do become dull, that is I would recommend buying a whole new tool. The tires make up the bulk of the tool's cost, therefore you won't save much by simply buying replacement wheels. Having a brand new tool, not only are the wheels sharp, but the rubber manage 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 annoying to keep the handles from spreading too far apart. When that happens, the spring falls off. Is actually quite annoying to drop the spring, watch it bounce out of achieve, 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. Thus, until I purchase a new tool, the spring constantly falls off. Another reason to obtain a new tool rather than just replacement rims is, if you fall the tool, it's possible to knock the tires out of alignment. Therefore , after several projects when you think the rims need replacing, I suggest buying a whole new tool.
When your new tool arrives, how to use Allen wrench to tighten the screws as tight as possible. Then, use an engraver, paint, felt-tip marker (or whatever you have that makes a long term mark) to make a tiny tick mark on the side of each wheel where it details the glass when trimming (the two tick scars should be aligned opposite each other). I use an engraving tool to make the tick marks and so i may have to worry about paint or ink eventually rubbing off. After a few hundred cuts, release the screws, turn each wheel slightly, and then re tighten the screws. After several of these adjustments, the tick scars have hot full circle suggesting that it's time to replace the tool (or just the wheels, if you prefer).
Don't be surprised if the rims rotate independently. No issue how hard I crank down on those screws, it apparently isn't tight enough because the tires slowly rotate by themselves from stress exerted during the cutting action. Right after several days and many cuts, I spot the beat marks are no longer aligned directly opposite each other, which indicates the wheels have rotated slightly. Might be I'm a weakling, but I just can't get the screws tight enough to keep them static. However , that's okay with me because, if they turn by themselves, i then don't have to personally do it.