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How To Cut Glass Tiles Without A Wet Saw

I’m busy tiling my kitchen backsplash and wanted to find a way to cut the glass tiles without using a wet saw. By Janice Anderssen of DIY Divas.

I’m busy tiling my kitchen backsplash and have mounted all the solid sections, but I now need to cut the glass tiles to fit around the edges. Not having a wet saw, which is all they show on YouTube, and having lent out my tile cutter and never got it back, I decided to cut the glass tiles the old fashioned way, with a glass tile scorer.

I have previously tried this with my tile cutter, but the results weren’t as good as this method.

Here’s how:

I have had a glass tile scorer for many years. While using this to cut glass and mirror, I haven’t yet used it to cut glass tiles. The tiles I am cutting are very thick, but I decided to give it a try to see if it worked.

Step 1:

Mark on the tile where you need to cut and use the tile scorer to mark along the drawn line.

Use a steel ruler to help follow the marked line and clamp this onto your tile and workbench. Apply some cutting oil or WD-40 before you score. This will make it easier to do the job and also extend the life of the scorer head.

Run the tile scorer along the line quite a few times, paying particular attention to the edges. If you don’t score properly these will not cut in a straight line.

Step 2:

You can clearly see the line scored along the top of the glass tile.

To cleanly break the glass tile, place the scored line over a skewer. Place your hand over the largest section and tap the other with a hammer.

Step 3:

The tile scorer should give you a clean break, but sometimes if you don’t score hard enough, you end up with an uneven edge as shown below.

Step 4:

Now you can cut as many glass tiles as you need and don’t have to buy any expensive tools to do the job.

Step 5:

Above and below: Filling in the gaps with the cut glass tile pieces.

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