Running Pliers are easy to use if you know the simple rules to using them.
1) Set your pliers. We're going to go a bit out of sequence and cover that long winded lesson next week.
2) Position your pliers on the glass so that the score you made with your cutter lines up perfectly with the mark in the center of the pliers. The score must flow smoothly into that mark as if both the mark and the score were one continuous line. Don't hold your pliers at an angle to your score line.
3) Don't push the glass all the way into the jaws of the pliers as you see on the left side of the image below. Your pliers should be near the edge of the glass as you can see on the right side of the image.
Lastly, don't hold your pliers near the center of the grip as shown in the top most image. Instead, hold them towards the back end of the pliers. You'll find that the handle curves towards the back so that holding them this way is comfortable. Holding them as shown in the very bottom image allow you to apply as little pressure as possible when breaking you glass. Score lines will break far easier and accurately when you apply the least amount of pressure to them. In other words, you'll break less glass this way!
Okay then, Martha's first of three Wedding Boxes has turned out spectacular indeed. These boxes are each made to specifically match the invitation that is encased into the lid of the box so that no two are ever the same. Look at the flower in the upper left of the invitation and there it is recreated in a glass panel to the right of the invitation. These make a perfect wedding gift because of how personalized they are.
When Annette asked if I could draw this Crow and Moon pattern for her I said, 'sure' and then she countered with the fact that she really didn't want to make it because the theme was too 'dark' for her tastes. Myself, I liked the pattern but saw where she was coming from. A day or two later she called and said not to bother drawing it but I did so anyway because I really felt that it had a Stephen King's The Stand vibe about it (which I love). A few weeks later Annette saw the pattern and after seeing it drawn up and colored in she decided to go ahead and make it. Here we see her with 3 hours of work involved. Yep, it's all cut out already and it looks great!