Post # 1
One of my DIY projects I am hoping to do is use old window frames, sand and paint them white, have glass put back in them and paint/write the names of everyone at given table within each section of the frame.
If I go to a glass/window/mirror place can I ask for “crap” glass that maybe has a broken edge or smaller pieces they may not have use for (but would fit my frames) and cut them to size myself?
Should have maybe figured this out before I decided I wanted to do this, however I didn’t so am now asking if anyone’s cut glass for their own DIY purposes before?!
Post # 3
Neat idea – you can cut glass yourself, but I would suggest you take an into stained glass class first if possible – it’s not difficult to cut glass, but there are several techniques that make it much easier (and give you better cuts). The intro class will teach you how to measure and cut glass correctly.
Depending on what you’re planning to do, you might also need to solder together pieces of glass for the panes, to fit into the window, so that’s something to take into consideration too.
The stained glass shop I use sells scrap glass by the pound, but there wouldn’t be scraps large enough for a window (unless the frame was tiny!), but that’s something to ask about. You can request them to cut you squares of glass to size, generally when I buy glass it’s like 12×12 and anywheres from $8-15 for that size, then I cut them down from there.
You’ll need a glass cutter, oil, ruler and sharpie (to draw your cutting line, if you find that helps – the sharpie will wipe right off the glass.). There are also techniques for finishing the break (you cut the glass, then break it), which a class would show you as well. Let me know if you have any questions! If you want, I can recommend what glass cutter I use, it’s cheap but good.
Post # 4
I would go to a stained glass store. They have special cutters you can buy to safely cut glass. Nothing crazy- they are like rotary cutters for glass and they can give you tips on how to accomplish what you want to do with the frames.
They would also have scrap glass available to purchase at a discount.
Post # 5
@gabrielleelise1981:Great minds think alike!
Post # 6
you’ll just need a glass cutter and some practice. i know a bee who recently got married blogged about this…
eta: i think it was locket, but i can’t find the post.
eta (again): here it is!
Post # 7
cant help you with the glass, but i saw this picture just the other day!
Post # 8
you absolutely can… you just need a pistol grip glass scorer, some cutting oil, and some running pliers. and maybe a ruler to keep your cuts straight. i’m sure you could find a tutorial on youtube or something that lets you know how to do it. make sure you wear safety glasses though because little chunks go flying every once and a while.
Post # 9
Maybe I’m missing something obvious, but I would think it would be possible to find an old window with the glass still in?
My aunt likes to make these with little flower boxes that you hang on the wall for decoration and she always manages to skip the step of having to redo the glass.
Post # 10
Very good call, the one I was given and two that I found (all free!) have no glass.
Look in antique stores in my area, frames with class are around $45-$60 for a small 6-paner.
I have a 12 and two 6’s (needed for all my tables) so the DIY option seemed much less expensive and now sounding very doable thanks to everyone above!