Ah, the unpredictable reality of glass. I like to think I can anticipate how glass will break or cut with some degree of accuracy, but no. My art is still largely unpredictable!
For example, consider the image above.
I needed two matching sheets of glass to sandwich an image between in a piece I am currently working on. I rooted around in my studio and found two identical sheets that I had picked up curbsiding last spring. Perfect!
I measured and scored and tried to snap the score to create a clean break. Nothing.
Hmmm. Maybe it’s because it’s thicker that the stuff I usually use.
Score again. Try to snap the line. Nothing.
At this point, I’m scratching my head. It’s GLASS for goodness sake. I should be able to cut it.
So I get my wheeled nippers, still thinking it’s not cutting because it’s too thick.
One TINY little nip with the nippers and POP! The sheet EXPLODES into little tiny cube-shaped fragments.
Ha! It was tempered glass!
I immediately (and gleefully) shattered the second piece!
Moral of the story?
Expect the unexpected. And always wear your safety glasses.