How To Cut Glass Tiles Without A Wet Saw
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now you can cut as many glass tiles as you need and don’t have to buy any expensive tools to do the job.
Above and below: Filling in the gaps with the cut glass tile pieces.