How to Cut Mosaic Tiles

What You'll Need
Tile nippers
Glass scorer
WD 40
Safety goggles
Permanent marker
Ruler or measuring tape
Water in spray bottle
Sand paper

Easily applied to almost any surface, mosaic tiles are an inexpensive way to design and install a floor or table top. Depending on your skill level, you can create your own design, find a design or choose mosaic tiles that have been pre designed.

While mosaic projects can generally be done without the help of a professional, cutting the tiles for your design will take a little know-how. Mosaic tiles are small and often made of glass. This can create quite a challenge when properly cutting the tiles so they will not break or become jagged. Below are some helpful hints and steps on how to cut mosaic tiles.

Step 1: Prepare Your Tile

Before you begin to cut, take a few precautions to ensure that the cuts go smoothly and safely. Spray the tile down with water. The water will keep the heat and friction down, which will help prevent any cracking in tiles as you work. Measure out where the cuts need to be and mark the tile with a permanent marker. Put on your safety goggles before you start any cuts.

Step 2: Prepare the Cutting Wheel

A glass scorer is not the only type of cutting wheel that you can use when cutting tile. A glass scorer will help you to get a more designed cut. You will need to oil up your glass scorer before use.

Step 3: Cutting Your Mosaic Tile

Get the wheel adjusted directly above the cutting line that you made with a permanent marker and roll it over the line. Get your ruler and hold it against the glass to ensure that you make a straight cut. When you are making the cut, be sure to apply a steady and slow pressure with your glass cutter. One good cut line is all that it will take. Your glass cutter will make a hissing sound once it begins to cut the tile. Once the cut has been made, you will need to gently pull apart the tile pieces with a pair of pliers or by hand. It is best to have a work bench if you are working indoors. After you have made the cut and pulled the pieces together you will need to sand away any rough edges.

Step 4: Tile Nippers

You should only use tile nippers to direct the cut on the tile. You use these by putting your tile in between the teeth, but be sure not to set your tile on the complete surface. Instead you should hold it either in the front or the back of the teeth of the nipper. Squeeze down once you have properly angled the nipper in the direction that you want it to go. Using these will usually take a lot of practice but can make beautiful cuts.