Cutting small glass tiles


Cutting small glass tiles

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My husband and I are putting up a glass tile back splash in the kitchen. We are having problems with the tile cracking when we use the tile cutter the home store told us to use. So we went with our 2nd option and took the tiles back to the store marked with our cut lines (as they suggested) so they could cut it for us. However, they couldn't do it. So we purchased a Dremel and were told to use the diamond tip however we are finding actually cutting the tiles to be hard. I did some searching and found a Dremel Diamond Wheel. Will this head work for cutting small glass tiles without cracking them? Any help is appreciated!
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i used the diamond blade on ceramic.  it worked great.  no problems until the blade broke.  wish i could help, but i don't know much about glass tiles.  have you tried the DIY(tv) site?  they have very good info.

I have the dremel rotary tool (an old one). I used the diamond blade to trim ceramic tile. (had to buy an attachment to use the blade cause of age of mine) The blade broke. I'm also looking into buying the oscillating dremel. Does anyone know of an attachment that will cut tile? Having to rent a tile cutter is just a pain.

Thanks for any advice.
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You shouldn't have so much of a problem cutting glass tiles using the standard method of scoring one side, then rapping the other side to continue the break. Unless the tiles are not standard glass but tempered glass, in which case the method of cutting is another matter. Tempered glass usually scores and cuts with the method of thermal fracture, otherwise it just shatters into pebbles. If you have tempered glass tiles, you would be better off seeking out the experienced services of a professional glass cutter, for safety sake. The thermal fracture method of cutting tempered glass is not for the beginner.









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I am in the same boat -- I need to cut the edges off some 1" by 1" glass tiles in my kitchen backsplash. The tiles are already installed using mortar, so I need to cut them in place. The tile backs are inaccessible, and the usual scoring/tapping glass cutting method isn't likely to work anyway because, being mortared in, they would be supported on both sides of a score line.



Doing a search on "glass cutting Dremel" turns up hits for cutoff wheels that have a diamond surface, but they don't specifically say that they'll cut glass.



The tiles are roughly 1/4" thick. I need to cut about 4 of them to accomodate an electrical outlet. Any suggestions? I suppose I could chip out the 4 tiles (which would ruin them), then try to cut some spares and mortar them in, but the task would be far simpler if I could use my Dremel tool. Is there a bit for the task?



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You can try the diamond wheel and c ut it slowly with little pressure.

You also have to ensure that you do not exceed 20,000pm.  If your rpm is to high the wheel will burn as indicated by the orange glow.  Hopw that this is of some help.

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Hi, this is Beth from Dremel Customer Service.  In regards to "cutting" glass... no, Dremel does not have anything that will allow you to do this.  (We do have the diamond glass bit(s) that will enable you to drill either a 1/8" or 1/4" hole in the glass), but again, we have nothing that will actually allow you to CUT it.  We also do sell our grinding/sharpening stones which work good in allowing you to grind glass, such as edges, but again, nothing to do the application of cutting.  If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact our Dremel Customer Service Dept. on our toll free phone number of 1-800-437-3638, Mon-Fri, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm, CST.  Any of us would be happy to assist you!

-Dremel Customer Service Team
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Thanks, Beth. Guess I'll just have to chip out the tiles and replace them with ones cut with a tile saw.


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Wayner, have you tried that method? It sounds promising, but given what Beth said I'm wondering if it's worth spending the money on the rather expensive diamond wheel if it's unlikely to work well.


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Sorry my cutting has been limited to porcelain tile which as you know is extremely hard.  My only glass cutting has been limited to a glass cutter for windows and picture glass.  I do not have a glass tile to experiment with but I do know that they do drill glass with diamond coated bits at low rpm and keep the bits cool with water, spray bottle or wet sponge.  The problem that you would face is that water and electricity do not mix and no one will tell you to try it.  If I can find a glass tile I will try it and post the results.  Sorry

FYI I do have the diamond wheel but have only used it on hard porcelain. 

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Thanks for the detailed, thoughtful replies! I really appreciate it.


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