Making wonderful glass mosaic floor tile art is easy! Permit me show you how.
Wheeled glass cutters are essential for creating glass mosaics. I make use of it to slice and condition vitreous cup and stained glass. This can be used to cut smalti. The wheeled cutters make cleaner cuts than tile nippers. The two carbide wheels (or stainlesss steel, if you buy cheap cutters) are fixed in position. Rather than scoring and breaking, the wheels apply even pressure to the top and bottom edges of the glass, causing it to fracture alongside the line of the wheels.
The wheels are replaceable and eventually go dull, although not before several thousand cuts. Each steering wheel is held in place by a setscrew (usually an Allen screw). As your cuts become significantly less clean than when the cutters were new, use an Allen wrench tool 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 blades. It'll take a long time and many cuts to use the whole circumference of the wheels, especially when they may carbide.
When the rims finally do that is become uninteresting, I suggest buying a complete new tool. The rims make up the bulk of the tool's cost, therefore you won't save much by simply buying replacement wheels. With a brand new tool, not only are the tires sharp, however the rubber deal with grips are new and clean (the rubber would wear down and becomes dirty) and the spring is secured in-place. Every now and then, the springtime breaks free from my cutters. The tool still works with a loose spring, but irritating to keep the handles from spreading too far separate. When that happens, the spring falls off. Is actually quite annoying to drop the spring, watch it bounce out of attain, 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. Therefore, until I buy a new tool, the spring constantly falls off. Another reason to buy a new tool rather than just replacement wheels is, if you drop the tool, it's possible to knock the wheels out of alignment. So , after several projects when you think the rims need replacing, I suggest buying a whole new tool.
When your new tool arrives, use an Allen wrench tool 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 small beat mark privately of each wheel where it details the glass when trimming (the two tick signifies should be aligned opposite each other). I use an engraving tool for making the tick marks therefore i avoid 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 marks have gone full circle showing that it's time to replace the tool (or just the wheels, if you prefer).
Don't be surprised if the wheels rotate on their own. No make a difference how hard I crank down on those screws, it apparently isn't restricted enough because the tires slowly rotate by by themselves from the pressure exerted during the cutting action. After several days and many cuts, I notice the mark marks are no lengthier aligned directly opposite each other, which indicates the tires have rotated slightly. Maybe I'm a weakling, but I just can't get the screws tight enough to keep them static. Nevertheless , that's okay with me because, if they turn by themselves, i quickly don't have to by hand do it.