Transferring pattern shapes onto glass will diversify the type of art you can create, so learning how to, will definitely benefit you. Not only will it benefit you, but it will diversify the type of work that you can do.
You will need to draw an outline of the shape to be cut directly onto glass with a permanent waterproof fine-tipped marker. Position pattern piece on glass sheet to avoid excessive waste but take into account the grain or texture of glass piece you are cutting and how it will flow with the other mosaic pieces around it. Leave approximately 1/4 in of space around the piece so the breaking pliers will have material to grasp when breaking the score line.
For many translucent and light-coloured opalescent glasses, the pattern can be transferred by placing a sheet of glass directly on the pattern copy and tracing the design lines with marker. A light box can help illuminate the pattern from below when tracing onto darker shades of glass.
For opaque glass, the pattern can be transferred onto the glass using one of the three following methods:
We hope that these tips on transferring shapes onto glass really does help you and open up your creativity. We hope to see what you have made! Contact us if you have any other questions.