You’ve bought yourself some nice, beautiful glass tiles and it’s time for you to install them. If you’re not sure how to cut glass tile or where to start, our quick guide on cutting glass tile will ease your worries and save you some stress in the process. We’ve outlined two methods of cutting glass mosaic tile below; one manual and one using a machine.

Method 1 | The Wet Saw 

By far the most preferred tool in the trade to cut glass tile, the wet saw will leave your glass tile with smooth, clean edges and takes minimal effort on your part. This tool, perfect for cutting a variety of tiles, is portable and is defined by its mounted table, circular blade, water pump and hose. The hose provides an even flow of water over the saw to minimize the threat of overheating and helps to create a friction-less cutting experience for less damage. 

Buying a wet saw outright can range from $100-$1000, but you always have the option of renting one at an hourly or daily rate from local hardware stores.

How To Cut Glass Tile With A Wet Saw

Before you eagerly dive into the cutting process, make sure to be prepared. Here’s what you’ll need to have an effective glass tile cutting session. 

  • Measuring Tape 
  • Washable Marker
  • Water 
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Goggles 
  • Damp Towel or Rag

Step 1|Mark Your Cut

Before you do anything else, make sure that you mark your cut. This simply means taking your washable marker and drawing a line marking where you are going to cut. It will help keep things to be a bit more precise. 

It is imperative to use a washable marker since once you finish cutting, you’ll want to wash away the markings.

Step 2 | Start The Machine

Now that you’ve marked your tile, you now want to prep your machine. Put on your rubber gloves and turn on the saw. Allow it to run for about 15 seconds so the water can begin to run over the saw.

Step 3 | Begin To Cut

To begin cutting, make sure that you align the glass tile with the cutting guide (found on the saw). Applying light pressure, feed the tile into the machine, making sure to push away from you.

Step 4 | Clean Up

The final step is the easiest – cleaning up! Make sure to wipe your tile of any dust residue from cutting and wash the marks off with a damp towel. 

Note: Wet saw cutting proves to be the best method for tiling large areas since it’s a bit quicker and you get guaranteed straight lines on the first try.

Method 2 | The Wheeled Tile Nippers 

If you find yourself with a smaller tiling project or have a bit more time to devote to a more manual method, then using wheeled tile nippers is a go for you. 

This tool looks similar to a pair of pliers, but its head has two metal wheels at the end. The handles are usually made from rubber so that your hands don’t get sore or slippery when cutting tiles. 

Unlike the cost of the wet saw, a pair of wheeled nippers won’t set you back more than $15.

Note: You’ll want to buy an actual pair of running pliers as well to perfect this cutting method.

How To Cut Glass Tiles With Wheeled Tile Nippers

Before you eagerly dive into the cutting process, make sure to be prepared. Here’s what you’ll need to have an effective glass tile cutting session. 

  • Washable Marker 
  • Manual Wheeled Tile Nippers
  • Running Pliers 
  • Cloth

Step 1 | Mark Your Cut 

For this step, place your mosaic on a flat surface (upward), and with the washable marker, draw a cut line. Then, cover the line with a ruler. Take the wheel, placing it at the far end of the mosaic and pull it toward you. It should create a line on the surface of the tile.

Step 2 | Use Pliers To Finish The Cut 

Once you’ve scored your tile, it’s time to cut it. Take your running pliers and place them directly on one end of your scored line. Press down. Even pressure will be distributed and the glass tile will split along the line for a clean cut.

Step 3 | Smooth If Needed

Since this is a manual process, there’s a chance that you’ll have some uneven edges. Use a stone or the likes to smooth the edges out. 

There you have it! The two key ways to cut glass tile for your space. No longer will you have to panic when installing glass tiles yourself.