Hi, I’m Kelli, Jill’s sister. If you want to put a face to the name, I’m the one who modeled the clothes that Jill made for Project Sewn.
Oh, look, there’s another picture of me. Well then.
Glass--empty bottles, stained glass, whatever
Hammer--if you want a more “natural” look, or
Glass cutter--if you want more control (It's the red tool that's not pliers.)
Rock tumbler and play sand
Despite the name, you’re not actually “cutting” the glass. You’re scoring it so it will break where you want it to. I’d start with squares and rectangles, since they’re easiest. Press the wheel of the cutter on the edge of the glass, and push it all the way across the glass. With most glass, you will hear a soft crackling noise and end up with a fine line if you’re using the right pressure. Too little pressure, and you don’t get the job done. Too much, and you could fracture the glass so it breaks where you don’t want it to. This hasn’t been a problem for me, so just be aware, and you should be fine. Be sure to wear safely glasses!
You want to make a score line all the way across the glass. But if, like me, you have trouble actually starting your score line on the very edge of the glass, just start scoring as close to the edge as you can, make your score line go all the way across, then turn the glass around so the scored end is towards you.
Place your hands on either side of the line, and flex the glass gently. If one of the sides is small, it can be easier to hold that side with pliers. A kind that meets at the tip but not the hinge would be best. I don’t have a pair like that, so I use my flat nosed pliers with the tips wrapped in tape to protect both them and the glass. I haven’t been cut while “cutting” the glass, but if you have leather gloves, you might want to wear them, just in case.
Voila! Isn’t that cool?