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Cutting a Circle

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artisand
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Cutting a Circle

Postby artisand » Tue Mar 09, 2004 2:55 pm

Hi,

I just received my handy-dandy circle cutter but no instructions. I just scored a beautiful, even circle. Now what? How do I get the circle out of the glass. I've tried tapping. I cut a score into the circle line and broke some of the border off. Is this how it is done. Seems like I might break my circle that way. Help! Please.

Sharon

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Postby Tony Smith » Tue Mar 09, 2004 3:07 pm

Try the circle cutting tutorial on Patty Gray's website. http://www.pattygray.com. It's also on the Spectrum website.

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artisand
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Postby artisand » Tue Mar 09, 2004 3:17 pm

Thanks, Tony. Just what I needed.

Sharon

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Re: Cutting a Circle

Postby Dani » Tue Mar 09, 2004 5:25 pm

artisand wrote:Hi,

I just received my handy-dandy circle cutter but no instructions. I just scored a beautiful, even circle. Now what? How do I get the circle out of the glass. I've tried tapping. I cut a score into the circle line and broke some of the border off. Is this how it is done. Seems like I might break my circle that way. Help! Please.

Sharon


After a few hundred circles, you will easily be able to do this... but, first try Patty's way for sake of your pocketbook. :wink:

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Postby Tim Swann » Tue Mar 09, 2004 10:32 pm

I have used the method that Patty shows and it works very well for transparent glass. When you start using this method with non-transparent, or thin glass it can get a little more difficult.

Tim

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Postby AZ gram » Tue Mar 09, 2004 11:58 pm

So, any suggestions for opals and others when cutting circles?

I, too, use Patty's method and have good luck with the cathedrals but difficulty with others.

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Postby Debinsandiego » Wed Mar 10, 2004 4:16 pm

When I'm cutting a circle in an opal glass, I'll score using my circle cutter, flip the sheet over, and apply pressure to the areas where I scored. With luck and practice, and the RIGHT amount of pressure, I will then see the back side of my score.

It's getting that scored circle to show on the back side that's the tough part. The amount of pressure and where to apply on the back of the score, that's some thing that WILL bet better with time and practice.
Deborah

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Postby Suzan » Wed Mar 10, 2004 8:31 pm

After scoring the circle on light coloured opals, I use a black marker over the score line. This black lines shows up well over a light box.

On dark opals, I use the circle maker with a marker (mine comes with a separate attachment for this) and guessing as best I can where the centre is, I mark the circle on the other side. I'm always off by a bit, but it seems to work anyways.

Cheers,
Suzan

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Postby Tim Swann » Wed Mar 10, 2004 10:38 pm

I have used the same method that Susan recommends. It can be very nerve racking for the first time, but you get betted at estimating were the score line is located.

Tim


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