Working with glass requires a few special tools that are not necessarily household staples. I have been playing with glass since 1991 when I enrolled in a stained glass class. But my whole world changed in 2014 when I started making glass collage artwork. Many people ask me about tools and if you plan on joining me when I start teaching online classes, you’ll want to have these in your collection of art supplies.

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Here are a few items that will help you get started if you’d like to make glass collage artwork at home.

My favorite glass nippers are these by Goldblatt. They have a rubber grip and stay pretty tight through a lot of use-every now and then you’ll need to tighten the screws on the scoring wheels. They are a great value and a critical tool for breaking up glass into usable pieces.

I love these pistol grip glass cutters. They are perfect for cutting glass sheets and are easy to handle.

Another necessity are breaking pliers. These are what you use to break the glass when you have scored it with the cutter. This set comes with a pair of running pliers which are also very handy if the pieces you are cutting are small.

Art Resin is the resin product that brings the glass collage to life and holds all the chunks and bits and pieces together. Art Resin is an amazing product that was developed specifically for the art industry. It doesn’t yellow and it has no VOCs.

Other supplies that you might need are:

  • safety glasses
  • nitrile exam gloves
  • Elmer’s School Glue
  • white Tulip Slick Paint
  • household oil (for the glass cutter)
  • acrylic paint and paintbrushes
  • mixing pitcher (for resin)
  • wood paint stirrer or something similar

Let me know if you have any questions about any of these products – these are just the ones that I use and love!

Keep creating, friends!

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