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Smoothing Rough Edges on Glass and Plastic Crafts

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Many craft projects require you to cut glass and different types of plastics. This often leaves a rough edge that needs to be smoothed. This is a guide about smoothing rough edges on glass and plastic crafts.
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March 22, 2011

Lots of crafts have to have smooth edges. We cut glass and smooth edges. We cut plastic and other items and have a smooth edge. How do we do this? We simply take a piece of sandpaper and run the bottom at an angle along the ends, and like magic it is all smooth.
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February 1, 2016

I'm cutting glass bottles to make drinking glasses. Currently, we are sanding the edges using a 80 grit sandpaper in a tub of water. It's quite a bit of work. We are going to go and find a coarser sandpaper for the first step or I may try using a Dremel or drill to sand the edges. I'm wondering if anyone has any other tips or suggestions to make it easier.

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I found that the best way to smooth the sharp glass edges was to use a coarse 40 grit sandpaper on a flat surface, then finer grades until the edge was as smooth as I liked. It's time intensive but not too bad with practice.

We experimented with using a dremel or drill but this was a bit more messy, requiring a face mask and protection from shards of glass. It was more difficult to keep the edge flat. It was just easier to do it by hand.

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