Cutting Crystal

Cutting Lead Crystal

If the glass is made from 24% Lead Crystal, it can be Cut with a pattern and Polished.  Only the very finest quality mouth blown glass is sold Plain, because cutting can be used to ‘cut out’ any blemishes!

Although crystal can be cut by machine, the Setting Up of the machine requires that many thousands of pieces are cut.  Crystal can also be Pressed by hand or machine, the cuts are very ‘soft’ and appear only on inexpensive crystal or the base of tankards etc.  Below, we describe the sequence of events for Hand Cut Lead Crystal.

To start production, the Cutter draws lines onto the glass, to equally segment the glass area.

The Cutter uses a variety of Wheels and Stones, impregnated with Carborundum or Diamond.  Different thicknesses of Wheels/Stones are used, to create different thicknesses of lines.  Our Inverness Panelled Crystal ranges use two different thicknesses, one for the majority of the cuts and the other to form the ‘dimples’ (named Olives) beneath the Panel.


7" Lead Crystal Fruit Bowl, Hand Cut

This hand cut 24% Lead Crystal Fruit Bowl is perfect for engraving.

An alternative form of Cutting, sometimes known as Engraving, is with a Copper Wheel.  A thin Copper Wheel is used by a Copper Wheel Engraver and fantastic designs can be achieved.

Cutting Wheels have water constantly running down the wheel as the cutter works, to keep the glass cool and stop it from heating and shattering.

We do not offer a ‘Pressed’ Cut glass (other than the pattern found underneath some products eg a Star in the base of a Tankard).  This form of decoration results in ‘soft’ cuts.  Our cutters use diamond impregnated wheels, resulting in crisp lines.

Further Information In This Category:


- All about the History of Glass and where it all started.


- What Glass is made from.


- The difference in quality resulting in the Methods of Manufacture.


- The different ways glass & crystal can be personalised.

  - Sandblast engraving Glass & Crystal.
  - Information about hand engraved glass & crystal.

- The things to look for in Glass & Crystal


- How to look after your glass & crystal, plus cleaning tips.

If you have any questions, our knowledgeable staff are on hand to answer them.  Simply Contact Us.