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brianhabby

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Hi there,

My grandson has made a jewelry box for his mum's Christmas present and wants to put a mirror in the lid. I am planning on buying a mirror tile and cutting it to fit. My question is:

Do I run the glass cutter on the front of the mirror or the back?

regards

Brian
 

Dee J

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Mirror backing can be decidedly chewy and tough - so I think you'll have better luck scoring the front surface.

Dee
 

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Check to make sure there is no safty backing to the mirror it might make it very tricky. if you can get to a glass merchant you should be able to get 2mm silvered glass which won't be as heavy.
 

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Just be careful cutting it - remember break it and thats the next 7 years accounted for!! #-o #-o
 

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I use a fair few bits of old mirror doors now and then, always score the glass side, break it then run a sharp stanley up the safety backing.

Just like cutting plasterboard. Just watch when you fold the two bits to give a line to follow, that you dont peel the plastic back too far.
 

brianhabby

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I bought a mirror tile and cut on the front as suggested with no problems. The backing wasn't thick enough to cause any problems but I can see how it might be on bigger/thicker mirrors.

regards

Brian
 
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