Finally we get to the Running Pliers Adjustment Lesson that I've been talking about for about a month now. People think that setting your pliers is akin to rocket science but it isn't at all. First, the reason we have an adjustment screw is to prevent too much pressure from forcing the break to jump off of the score line. Can we correctly break glass without setting your pliers? Most of the time the answer is yes but while you are making a complex cut you should ALWAYS adjust your pliers to the glass you are cutting. Here's how to do that in 4 simple steps:
First of all, the picture of the pliers below do not show a piece of glass in them. The glare from the flash was obscuring the view of the pliers so I removed the glass while taking the pictures below. YOUR GLASS SHOULD BE IN YOUR PLIERS WHILE YOU ARE ADJUSTING YOUR SET SCREW!
1) First, locate your set screw. The green arrow is pointing to it in image #1.
2) Twist the set screw counterclockwise about a quarter of a turn so that the pliers jaws no longer squeeze against your glass.
Waterglass and textured glasses are notorious for being different thicknesses throughout the sheet so adjust your pliers for each tricky cut that you make by placing your pliers on the score line as you set them. That's all there is to it. I can set a pair of pliers in a second or less-- no lie. This little tip will inevitably help you get your complex cuts out quickly, efficiently, and in one piece!
I have to say that I love Sheri's Peace Sign Hands. I know she's made at least one of them before but I didn't get to see it. Now that she's working on three more I finally get to see just how nice these are. Do you know the simple way to cut out three items with three assorted mixed colors? Just cut out one complete red hand, one complete white hand, and then one complete blue hand. Juggle the pieces around and you end up with what Sheri has cut out below.
Cindy is waiting for glass to border her Pelican Window so at the end of the night she began work on another Cross pattern. She's already got all of the purple glass cut out for it so I'm thinking this will be completed before her Pelican Window which we'll see a little later on in this post.
Susan's Spring Panel is ready to be sprung now that she's got it all foiled and ready for solder. I know she isn't going to wait until next week to begin soldering it so I'm anxious to see what she'll walk in the door with when she returns. I have to give her a lot of credit for accomplishing all of her work on this entirely on her own as well as being VERY, VERY quick yet painstakingly precise.
Linda L had some extra time since her three Lawn Ornament Birds had already been cut out so she also worked on this Cardinal Suncatcher as well. As you can see, this bird's almost finished just one week into it's creation!
So there you have it. A small set of classes that still provided us with a good amount of completed projects. And we'll see even more in our next post when we hopefully see you all again.