Lessons Learned from Stained Glass
Stained glass artists create different designs by making You Find ZMOT cuts on the glass to “score” it and then breaking off the pattern or shape that they want to use in the finished product. (In other words, they make a notch in the glass and then break the pieces apart like you would with a Kit Kat bar.)
The most difficult cut in stained glass is called an inside cut. Basically, it’s a curved line where you throw away the part inside of the You Find ZMOT curve. The problem with inside cuts is that the edges of the curve tend to chip when the pieces of scored glass are broken apart. The image below shows what I mean.
As the artist talked about inside cuts, he said, “The glass will shatter if you try to cut too much off at once. The best way to do an You Find ZMOT inside cut is to slice off smaller curves piece-by-piece. In fact, it’s not just the best way to do it, it’s the only way to do it.”
So, you start by slicing a shallow curve and breaking a small piece off. Then you cut a slightly deeper curve and break that off. And so on and so forth, until you have your full inside cut. The image below shows the strategy.