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    Red that's all so easy for you to say. I have a glass cutting kit with the key shaped cutter that has a tiny wheel and weighted ball on one end, a jar of oil and a bunch of ruined glass!

    The old guy at the hardware store has no problem cutting it for me but he gives me the scrap from my pieces to practice with and I just make more scrap. I can't seem to get good cuts even though I follow the written directions, it just breaks poorly when I try it. I know about not rescoring the original cut but it never seems to follow the full line.

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    I know it can be difficult at times. The the thickest I usually like to cut is up to 1/8 inches. Is this your problem? Otherwise, I just use a band saw or dichroic glass cutter.
    Yes the tool you described sounds like a common fletcher model.

    Here are really short videos on straight and curved cutting. (He is using a red fletcher)

    Straight cuts
    Curved cuts

    Hope they help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    Red that's all so easy for you to say. I have a glass cutting kit with the key shaped cutter that has a tiny wheel and weighted ball on one end, a jar of oil and a bunch of ruined glass!
    You really need someone to show you how to use a fletcher glass cutter. Once you get the "trick" of it, it is really easy to use. But, you can ruin a lot of glass without ever learning how to use it. Find someone to show you how to use it.

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    Thanks for the videos Red I will play with some more scrap and see if I can follow along and do it. Seems like I either don't score hard enough or score too hard and chip the glass. This guy didn't even mention cutting oil, is that stuff necessary?

    They don't seem to carry the running pliers around here anymore though the shops have a space on the shelf for it.

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    I don't think running with pliers is safe. Especially in places where people are cutting glass.
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    oil helps. but I have used all sorts of oil/lubricants. The most important thing is one fluid stroke. Hard with long sections. I usta clamp it down to table with a straight edge. Clean, apply oil, then do the score and pray.

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    Use of a lubricant, however, is optional. I don't use a lubricant when I cut glass. Try it both ways and see which you prefer.

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    I think my silliness is starting to affect Joe!

    I'm curious if there's really any magical aspect to the pliers they sell or if it just has a mark in the middle? I can draw a center line on the jaw of a pliers to line up with a score if that's all it is.

    I think next time I try I will give it a go without oil and see how I do.

    Apologies to Adam for the glass talk but hopefully he can use some of the info anyway!

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