Cutting Glass

This is how glass is hand-cut! Following all my stained glass posts there was some confusion as to why certain shapes had to be separated into two pieces of glass and how do you even cut a piece of glass to the shape desired. So here are some photos and explanations, hope this helps! 

Tools you need:

Cutter (green), snappers (black), special pliers (blue), glue stick!

First of all, the pattern you have chosen needs to be labeled and cut out with special three-bladed scissors: 

Then, pick a piece and glue it onto the glass. The cut will always have to go from one edge of the glass to the other (can’t stop a crack in the middle of the glass sheet!) so a bit of strategy is required as to not waste too much material. Pick an edge to cut first (again, strategize: cut the side that is closest to the edge first, that way if the cut fails you can always just shimmy up the paper a bit and re-cut). The cutter is basically a small serrated wheel (like a pizza cutter) that introduces flaws to the glass along a line. On the photo below you can see the white line created by the cutter:

Then, you can either use the snappers is the cut is more or less straight or the pliers if the cut is too curved. Or a combination of both (use snappers to prime the crack at the edges and use pliers to finish propagating the crack), or just how you feel like it - it’s kind of a skill to acquire. 

So now it becomes apparent that certain shapes cannot be cut this way - inward angles for example and inward curves that are too steep. If you have a rather small radius of curvature you can iteratively cut into the curve (see below) to release the friction “pressure” of the sides (it’s… difficult to explain…) 

Welp, that’s it for cutting. The edges are kind of messy at this point so next step is grinding! 

Brimpers Assemble! 
To celebrate the magnificent work of art that is Sex Criminals I have made two stained glass… “brimples” (is that the official name or is it just something elusive-j cooked up?) to be gifted to Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky at SDCC. Unfortunately I was not there to hand them off in person but my wonderful friend elusive-j was, thank you so very much for being my liaison! 
Sex Criminals is amazing and inspired and I hope that the comic book universe continues to produce little (does size matter? discuss.) silly, introspective and unapologetic gems of sexual poetry. 
Chip Zdarsky for scale
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Brimpers Assemble! 
To celebrate the magnificent work of art that is Sex Criminals I have made two stained glass… “brimples” (is that the official name or is it just something elusive-j cooked up?) to be gifted to Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky at SDCC. Unfortunately I was not there to hand them off in person but my wonderful friend elusive-j was, thank you so very much for being my liaison! 
Sex Criminals is amazing and inspired and I hope that the comic book universe continues to produce little (does size matter? discuss.) silly, introspective and unapologetic gems of sexual poetry. 
Chip Zdarsky for scale
Zoom Info
Brimpers Assemble! 
To celebrate the magnificent work of art that is Sex Criminals I have made two stained glass… “brimples” (is that the official name or is it just something elusive-j cooked up?) to be gifted to Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky at SDCC. Unfortunately I was not there to hand them off in person but my wonderful friend elusive-j was, thank you so very much for being my liaison! 
Sex Criminals is amazing and inspired and I hope that the comic book universe continues to produce little (does size matter? discuss.) silly, introspective and unapologetic gems of sexual poetry. 
Chip Zdarsky for scale
Zoom Info

Brimpers Assemble! 

To celebrate the magnificent work of art that is Sex Criminals I have made two stained glass… “brimples” (is that the official name or is it just something elusive-j cooked up?) to be gifted to Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky at SDCC. Unfortunately I was not there to hand them off in person but my wonderful friend elusive-j was, thank you so very much for being my liaison! 

Sex Criminals is amazing and inspired and I hope that the comic book universe continues to produce little (does size matter? discuss.) silly, introspective and unapologetic gems of sexual poetry. 

Chip Zdarsky for scale

And here is another pretty doily type thing. Sorry for the poor lighting… ^^’ It’s the same size as the sea creature one, about 13 inches from tip to tip. 

And here is another pretty doily type thing. Sorry for the poor lighting… ^^’ It’s the same size as the sea creature one, about 13 inches from tip to tip. 

A little cover for my piano stool thing. The stool actually cost more than my little flimsy keyboard… The one thing that I feel I lack in my life - knowing how to play an instrument. I got myself a small keyboard and have been teaching myself how to play. Not going very fast, but hey - at least I’m trying this time, not like when I was in middle school and my parents tried to make me take lessons. 

A little cover for my piano stool thing. The stool actually cost more than my little flimsy keyboard… The one thing that I feel I lack in my life - knowing how to play an instrument. I got myself a small keyboard and have been teaching myself how to play. Not going very fast, but hey - at least I’m trying this time, not like when I was in middle school and my parents tried to make me take lessons. 

I croche’d an underwater-sea thingy only to realize that I have no surfaces large enough to adorn with it. Sigh… I think the 7-fold symmetry contributes to it looking like a sea creature (starfish have odd symmetries, so maybe it’s that…)

I croche’d an underwater-sea thingy only to realize that I have no surfaces large enough to adorn with it. Sigh… I think the 7-fold symmetry contributes to it looking like a sea creature (starfish have odd symmetries, so maybe it’s that…)

alittlebitnerdy asked:

you were asking about other cute nerdy small things to do? you could do stuff with Sailor moon? Like the wands and things, maybe in a hand with like, rays of light coming out lol? :) love your work <3

That could work, especially since Sailor Moon is all over the interwebs lately with the reboot… Thank you for the suggestion! I have a couple of projects lined up in the meantime, but that would be something to consider. I never got into Sailor Moon but I really enjoyed watching the few episodes that made it to Russian television when I was a kid. Thank you for your kind words! ^___^

Captain Marble or The Christmas Carol 
Captain Marvel is amazing, and this smaller piece is only an attempt at capturing her badassery. Inspired by the ass-kicking dinosaur-punching cover art for Captain Marvel #1 by David Lopez and the great story-telling of kellysue. It will also be displayed at Fantastic Comics~!
Also, if anyone is serious about building that Captain Marvel chapel, let&#8217;s talk. 
Technical thingies:
- 20 inches x 13 inches
- The buttons are marbles! She&#8217;s Captain Marble! I regret nothing. 
- Since she is very primary-colory, choosing the background color/texture was very difficult and stressing. So I made it snow. I think my Russian blood is subconsciously influencing my aesthetic choices. 
- Not clear in the picture, but the &#8220;rays&#8221; are silver whereas her outline/internal lines are patina&#8217;d black. 
- About 74 separate pieces + 6 marbles 
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Captain Marble or The Christmas Carol 
Captain Marvel is amazing, and this smaller piece is only an attempt at capturing her badassery. Inspired by the ass-kicking dinosaur-punching cover art for Captain Marvel #1 by David Lopez and the great story-telling of kellysue. It will also be displayed at Fantastic Comics~!
Also, if anyone is serious about building that Captain Marvel chapel, let&#8217;s talk. 
Technical thingies:
- 20 inches x 13 inches
- The buttons are marbles! She&#8217;s Captain Marble! I regret nothing. 
- Since she is very primary-colory, choosing the background color/texture was very difficult and stressing. So I made it snow. I think my Russian blood is subconsciously influencing my aesthetic choices. 
- Not clear in the picture, but the &#8220;rays&#8221; are silver whereas her outline/internal lines are patina&#8217;d black. 
- About 74 separate pieces + 6 marbles 
Zoom Info
Captain Marble or The Christmas Carol 
Captain Marvel is amazing, and this smaller piece is only an attempt at capturing her badassery. Inspired by the ass-kicking dinosaur-punching cover art for Captain Marvel #1 by David Lopez and the great story-telling of kellysue. It will also be displayed at Fantastic Comics~!
Also, if anyone is serious about building that Captain Marvel chapel, let&#8217;s talk. 
Technical thingies:
- 20 inches x 13 inches
- The buttons are marbles! She&#8217;s Captain Marble! I regret nothing. 
- Since she is very primary-colory, choosing the background color/texture was very difficult and stressing. So I made it snow. I think my Russian blood is subconsciously influencing my aesthetic choices. 
- Not clear in the picture, but the &#8220;rays&#8221; are silver whereas her outline/internal lines are patina&#8217;d black. 
- About 74 separate pieces + 6 marbles 
Zoom Info
Captain Marble or The Christmas Carol 
Captain Marvel is amazing, and this smaller piece is only an attempt at capturing her badassery. Inspired by the ass-kicking dinosaur-punching cover art for Captain Marvel #1 by David Lopez and the great story-telling of kellysue. It will also be displayed at Fantastic Comics~!
Also, if anyone is serious about building that Captain Marvel chapel, let&#8217;s talk. 
Technical thingies:
- 20 inches x 13 inches
- The buttons are marbles! She&#8217;s Captain Marble! I regret nothing. 
- Since she is very primary-colory, choosing the background color/texture was very difficult and stressing. So I made it snow. I think my Russian blood is subconsciously influencing my aesthetic choices. 
- Not clear in the picture, but the &#8220;rays&#8221; are silver whereas her outline/internal lines are patina&#8217;d black. 
- About 74 separate pieces + 6 marbles 
Zoom Info

Captain Marble or The Christmas Carol 

Captain Marvel is amazing, and this smaller piece is only an attempt at capturing her badassery. Inspired by the ass-kicking dinosaur-punching cover art for Captain Marvel #1 by David Lopez and the great story-telling of kellysue. It will also be displayed at Fantastic Comics~!

Also, if anyone is serious about building that Captain Marvel chapel, let’s talk. 

Technical thingies:

- 20 inches x 13 inches

- The buttons are marbles! She’s Captain Marble! I regret nothing. 

- Since she is very primary-colory, choosing the background color/texture was very difficult and stressing. So I made it snow. I think my Russian blood is subconsciously influencing my aesthetic choices. 

- Not clear in the picture, but the “rays” are silver whereas her outline/internal lines are patina’d black. 

- About 74 separate pieces + 6 marbles