Diamonds are a girl's best friend.

cacbearyFebruary 6, 2008

I was playing around on the Beetle Bits system today. I've only used it twice since I got it because I had to use the kitchen table to use it. I just made a permanent work space & I've been playing today.

Slow - this pics for you. I took 2 pics & spliced together. Check out all the shapes I made.

Now I practiced with some van faux tiles. The pink & purple I used those paints you bake on - works terrific.

The gold though I spray painted on & it sure scratched. And when breaking up the tile the paint really messed up. I wished I thought of practicing with this whole sheet when I started.

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bianchi2

Isnt the beetle thingie fun? I got one for Christmas, have mostly played around with it, since I dont have a separate table for it either.
Anyway, its amazing, so easy.
Bianchi

    Bookmark   February 6, 2008 at 6:20PM
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cacbeary

I have the Cutter's Mate now too. I have to learn to score with it. It's easy too. The cutting head swivels too & it's a Toyo. The arm is weighted so you don't have to press down hard when scoring. Running the glass I need to practice on. I put pics of everything on the page I made from another post where you can see the Cutter's mate. It is another cool tool.

Here is a link that might be useful: BB system & Cutter's Mate

    Bookmark   February 6, 2008 at 7:01PM
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bianchi2

Ooh, I've had my eye on the Cutters Mate too. Well, there is always a birthday coming up.
Bianchi

    Bookmark   February 6, 2008 at 7:19PM
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gretch1964

Oh you are playing and having fun and learning. Those are cool.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2008 at 9:38PM
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cindiloo

Well now, you've inspired me to clean off the dining room table and set the BB system up and do some playing.
Your diamonds look good and I really like that purply-pink van faux!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2008 at 10:51PM
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glassgunner

Cindiloo:

Just so you know. I party with people just like you.

And I have a darn good time !

Your friend,
Ray

    Bookmark   February 6, 2008 at 11:29PM
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cacbeary

Bianchi - Those diamonds are 3/8" diamonds. Set your compass to the 60 degree angle mark with the tadpoles on each side so you have a 60 degree angle to the left and 60 degree angle to the right.
Do not use a full sheet of glass but rather a 4 " by 6" piece. Just make a score at one end and keep moving the glass at 3/8" increments.
Then swing the straight edge to the other 60 degree side. Start at the end and move the piece of glass in 3/8" increments as you score each line. Try a piece of glass & see how easy it is.
Now that I have a permanent set up every time I have a half hour I'm playing. It keeps calling me, LOL!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2008 at 11:45PM
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Calamity_J

WOW!!! I'm sooo jealous! I'm into 3/8's stuff right now, well, a wanna be!lol! Klinger and I went out and she scored a morton cutting system for $40 today!!! Hmmm, may have to see about these two systems, I don't know if Beetle bits are sold here in BC. And I'm also going to look into this baked paint thing, I just scored some REALLY coolglass today and some of it is a type of frosted glass I've never seen before, this guy was selling crates of glass from moving from Ontario to Victoria and had all this Awesome handblon glass, just stuff I've never seen for sale here and at prices that I couldn't even buy wholesale!!! I spent $120..I"M BAD!!! I've spent over $300 in the last month on glass and tile, and here I'm going to Mexico to play with the girls..I'll be sitting there watching all of them shop!!! But I got handblown orange glass!! Yippeee!!! This guy today swears by the morton system!Ya know the kind of people who have 1200 pc lamps(plural) in there house with $800-$1200 lampbases under them!!! Oh and he had a Peacock in his window with handblown purples in it!WOW!!! GORGEOUS!!!

    Bookmark   February 7, 2008 at 1:01AM
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bianchi2

Thank you, Cacbeary. Tonight I moved another table into the guest room, so I can set up the Beetle B. permanently. You inspired me.
Bianchi

    Bookmark   February 7, 2008 at 1:06AM
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siriusmosaics

Oh I love the diamonds. I am still hoping to get a beetle bits someday, even though I don't have a worktable to put it on.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2008 at 8:36AM
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crackpotannie

Wow....I wanna play too!!!I never figured the morton out...sure wish Ray lived close to me..so I could learn the Beetle easy..I don't read directions good..i learn hands on LOL!

    Bookmark   February 7, 2008 at 9:43AM
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cacbeary

Crackpot - You could work his system with half your brain tied behind your back. MosaicWench just bought one & was doing diamonds before I had a chance to try it out giggling the whole time.

Bianchi - WoooHooo! Have fun!Can't wait to see your work.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2008 at 11:45AM
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Calamity_J

Not only is it sold in Canada, BUT it is sold at my FAV store!!!! Ohhhhh, I'M IN TROUBLE!!!!!!

    Bookmark   February 7, 2008 at 12:13PM
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cacbeary

Calamity - You better be good in Mexico. LOL!

    Bookmark   February 7, 2008 at 12:55PM
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Calamity_J

Now I want the beetle bits AND the circle cutter!!! Maybe I can live off free natchos while in Mexico!!heh heh!

    Bookmark   February 7, 2008 at 2:27PM
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cacbeary

Calamity - Please take good notes. I want to make my MIL a lighthouse for her front yard & I'll be asking lots of advice if your don't mind. Have fun!

    Bookmark   February 7, 2008 at 4:49PM
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cacbeary

I hope you don't get tired of hearing what I've been doing with the BB system.

Follow the link above & see some triangles I made doing it different ways. This is way too much fun.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2008 at 7:22PM
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Calamity_J

THERE"S A KILN TOO!!!!???? WAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!

    Bookmark   February 7, 2008 at 7:38PM
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cacbeary

Don't even go there Calamity. Could you imagine what your glass bill would be every month?????? LOLOLOL! And I want to do the polymer clay thing too. I never had a big list of wants & now I want tools, glass, it never ends. I think this is starting to take over in my life a little bit too much.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2008 at 11:37PM
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texaswild

Well, CAC: You've made me think of ordering yet another tool when I get back from Mexico. Love the idea of a simpler technique for cutting those shapes accurately on the sheet b/f breaking individually. Never have mastered it w/the Morton to the accuracy I'd love. And, the circle cutter. Oh, good grief and a kiln??? I LOVE tools.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2008 at 9:53AM
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Calamity_J

Cac: I am broke and need your help till I can buy a beetle system. Can you give me the low down on that cutting board your first instructor made for the glastar?PLEASE!

    Bookmark   February 10, 2008 at 10:42AM
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cacbeary

Calamity - I took pics & have this on previous post below. Someone else had made one & gave instructions for it on another post but I can't find it.

Mine I bought from the stained glass store. One of the students was a cabinet maker & sold them. Anyhow, this link explains it.

Slow - there are all kinds of cutting tools. You can keep adding on - oh my, how addicting. So good to see you reading the forum. You must be feeling a bit better.

Here is a link that might be useful: Glastar

    Bookmark   February 10, 2008 at 1:45PM
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squirrellycanadian

Oh how I wish I'd seen this system BEFORE I bought the Morton, it looks so much easier. The Morton was expensive and I still haven't taken the time to study the directions for making diamonds and other shapes. I want a Cutters Mate TOOOOOOOO! Got a tax refund coming, I want new tools. Thanks for all your info, it's soooo helpful.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2008 at 3:17PM
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cacbeary

Squirrellycanadian - The BB system has just come out in Sept but it sure is a hit with me. I don't have the Morton to compare it to. I do have the Glastar & it took over an hour to score a sheet into squares & then the wheeled nippers for the triangles. And I loved my Glastar. This is such a time saver & it is fast & easy.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2008 at 5:32PM
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