Stained glass cutting with an Epilog Laser system.
While Laser Lceworks provides customers with a myriad of different cutting and engraving services, this particular project was a personal one for owner Cheryl Watt, who was taking a stained glass course and creating a piece for her home.
The Challenge: Executing a perfect score when working with stained glass.
In the world of stained glass, the glass is not actually “cut,” rather it is scored and then broken manually or with the use of pliers. This manual process of scoring can be challenging, as it relies heavily on applying steady pressure with a steady hand. Without having to go out and buy another large piece of equipment, how can one achieve the “perfect score” on stained glass projects?
Cheryl, the owner of a 35-watt Epilog Mini 24 recently learned her equipment was the perfect solution for perfectly scoring stained glass prior to manually breaking it.
“I have had the machine for two years now and I am continually finding new ways to use it,” Cheryl told us. “The laser turns out to be a great tool for stained glass makers!”
Cheryl laid various sheets of glass on the laser and output her CorelDRAW vector lines.
She then used the laser to score the glass, using 20/100/5000 settings.
“I went to break the pieces manually, and little did I know I would have more than 20 perfectly-shaped pieces from eight different colors and textures of glass for an intricate 28-inch stained glass window,” Cheryl said. “And it was all done in only one afternoon!”
While other students in Cheryl’s class are manually using the hand scoring tool and having to grind each piece to make it fit into the tight corners of their pattern, Cheryl uses the Epilog equipment and gets perfect scoring every time.
“What a time-saver,” Cheryl said. “You don’t have to sacrifice the intricate detail that often gets lost when relying on hand tools.”
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