News & Events

  • Glass Expo West – June 1-2, 2017

    We carry seven different Toyo hand cutter handle styles, 11 replacement blade options, and three circle cutter sizes with blades for different glass thicknesses.  When it comes to glass cutting, Toyo is the most reliable, advanced, and diverse manufacturer on the market.  Come see and try out the entire line of Toyo tools at Glass Expo West in Irvine, CA June 1-2, 2017.  We have free passes if you need them.  Let us know.
  • SAMA 2017 – The Motor City – New Cutting Oil

    5/3/2017 – 5/6/2017  Steve will be attending the Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) 2017 annual conference in Detroit, MI where he will be demonstrating Toyo glass cutters, the Morton Portable Glass Shop and debuting our new, non-toxic, environmentally friendly, odorless cutting oil.  Come by our booth to pick up an oil sample and try it out in the cutters.  The Vendor Marketplace is open to the public and runs Thursday 9-5, Friday 8-1 and Saturday 10-1 at the Detroit Marriot at the Renaissance Center.  More details about the SAMA conference: http://americanmosaics.org/?p=10106
  • Toyo Replacement Blade Chart

    Click the chart or link below for a downloadable pdf version of the Toyo Replacement Blade Chart.  Printed at full size, this chart conveniently fits in or on the cover of a plastic Toyo Pistol Grip Supercutter box.  Contact us with any questions. Toyo Blade Chart DownloadTOYO Replacement Blade Chart
  • New TOYO TC-70 Trac Wheel

    New Toyo Trac Wheel Cutter Glass Accessories Int’l, will debut the new Toyo Trac Wheel (TC-70), oil glass cutter at Glass Build America, October 19-21, 2016. The Toyo Trac Wheel is a revolutionary new wheel featuring mirco-notches along the edge of the wheel. Trac Wheel notches provide traction for the wheel as it starts rolling on the glass, reducing chances of the wheel skipping especially at the start of a score. Manufacturing applications featuring this new wheel yield a significant increase in wheel life, clean scores and clean breakouts. The longer wheel life is attributed to reduced pressure being required to keep the wheel rolling on the glass. The notches which create traction for the wheel are measured in microns and not visible to the naked eye so there will be no effect on edge quality. Starting in the first quarter of 2017, the TC-70 will be available in both Pattern and Straight blade options. Trac Wheel replacement blades will be available at the same time as the cutter and will fit all Toyo cutters which currently accept the TC-10H and TC-17H blades. A Trac Wheel option is anticipated to be available on multiple handle styles later in 2017. Pricing for the Toyo Trac Wheel is expected to be the same as other Toyo cutters with similar handles.
  • GlassBuild America!

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    USA’s largest flat glass show GlassBuild America is happening this month October 19-21 in the Las Vegas Convention Center at the Westgate Hotel.  Steve, Jeff, and Jennifer will be there to show off the NEW  Toyo TC-70 Trac Wheel cutter and the Morton Portable Glass Shop System.  Visit us in booth 645 for live demos, to try them and find out more!

  • Anything in Stained Glass – Fall Festival

    Steve is thrilled to demonstrate the advantages of Toyo cutters this weekend at Anything in Stained Glass’s Fall Festival.  September 16 and 17th.  There will be demos, sales, vendors, food, prizes, raffles  and more!  Jennifer Walkovich will be teaching Morton Skills with Toyo cutters and Stamping on the 15th as a special, pre-festival class offering.  A great way to celebrate the end of a fun summer.  Come see us!  More info.
  • Support Glass Art!

    imageIn November of 2015, Steve and Vinery Glass Studio owner Denny Berkery were honored with stewardship of the Kay Bain Weiner Foundation.  The goal of the Foundation is promoting Art Glass to students and teachers.  In support of this effort Steve and Denny conceived the Glass Experience Madison to both teach exceptional glass art and raise money for continuing the Foundation’s mission. Though the art glass industry has been dealing with some unforeseen difficulties, it will go on and so will we!  See the Foundation’s post below from June 1, 2016 Glass Experience Madison is happening! While it’s understandable that some jitters about the glass industry future were present in the last few weeks, good news has also been present. Wissmach Glass in West Virginia announced that it is ramping up production and expanding its line. Uroboros glass in Portland is vowing to create much of the Spectrum colors which would otherwise be a gaping hole in our palettes with the loss of Spectrum coming this summer. Chronicled blood tests of citizens around the Bullseye plant have turned up no significant lead or heavy metals and Bullseye is aggressively working on modifications to its process to further reduce emissions and meet demands of the environmental governing bodies. Glass will go on! Let’s celebrate this good news and show support for the Art Glass Industry by participating in it! Join us at GEM for some amazing classes with fellow glass artists. Commiserate, laugh, learn, and enjoy a break from the news by backing the KBW Foundation in its efforts to promote the Art Glass Industry, all while expanding your artistic horizons. So many great classes to choose from, all in one location with amazingly talented teachers. You will leave GEM with a fire in your belly to create when you get home. We look forward to seeing you June 24-27 at the Vinery, sign up today! http://www.kbwfoundation.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=4
  • Cut Circles Like a Pro!

    Circles are easy when you have the right tools and technique. This three minute demonstration video featuring glass artist Jennifer Walkovich-Durney will have you scoring and running circles in no time! Glass Accessories Int’l took advantage of the video experience offered by inventor Don Abel at Morton Glass Works to create a series of How-To videos on cutting glass. Look for new videos featuring Jennifer and the Toyo line of tools to be released throughout the summer.  http://youtu.be/TYhng-nQuQM
  • Glass Cutting Contest at GCBE 2016!

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    Glass Cutting Contest Pros

    On your marks!  Get set!  Cut!  The Glass Craft & Bead Expo 2016 in Las Vegas is just around the corner; this means the annual Glass Cutting Contest is too!  It takes place on Friday, April 1st from 5-6pm in the Exhibit Hall.  Come to our booth, #816 for more information and to sign up.  All participants must enter prior to 4 pm on the day of the contest.  This year’s patterns can be previewed via the links below.  See you next week! PDF’s 2016 Beginner Pattern April Showers;  2016 Advanced Modified Iris2016 Super Pros Sunflower Burst Image files: 2016 Beginner Pattern April Showers 2016 Advanced Modified Iris 2016 Super Pros Sunflower Burst
  • Steve & Denny Berkery to Run KBW Foundation

    In November of 2015 Steve and Denny Berkery, owner of the Vinery Stained Glass Studio in Madison, Wisconsin assumed leadership of the Kay Bain Weiner Foundation (KBW Foundation) from Kay Bain Weiner.  The Foundation’s mission is to stimulate interest and growth in the industry through educational projects. One of the goals of the group is to attract more people into the glass arena by providing scholarships, supplies, and books to high schools, colleges, and other educational venues.  Both Steve and Denny were touched by Kay’s choice of them to carry on her foundation. While the Foundation has some money to keep it running, it needs to continuously raise funds in order to carry out its mission.  One method of garnering income has been glass cruises which Kay, her late husband Herb and Marina Jennings have been running.  Another KBW Glass Cruise is scheduled to set sail in August of this year to Alaska.  Denny and Steve have decided to take another tack and run a glass event at the Vinery in Madison which has been dubbed, Glass Experience Madison (GEM).  GEM is a four day event offering five classes per day, in topics from lampworking to stained glass plating to mixed media mosaics.  Internationally known teachers such as Cathy Claycomb, Petra Kaiser, Marcy Lamberson, Laura Rendlen and Jennifer Walkovich will be teaching.  More information is soon to be released about this exciting new event that is scheduled for June 24-27, 2016.
  • GC&BE + SAMA = Awesome!

    The annual Glass Craft & Bead Expo is just three weeks away!  Classes start on Wednesday, March 30th with the trade show/marketplace opening on Friday, April 1st running through the weekend.  We will be in our usual spot demonstrating Toyo cutters, Morton Glass Works cutting systems and having Fun!  The talented Jennifer Walkovich of North Street Studio will also be with us.  IMMEDIATELY following GC&BE is the annual Society of American Mosaic Artists show.  This year the most amazing mosaic artists in the world will be gathering in San Diego.  We will be partnering with the extraordinary Carrie Strope of Streuter Technologies (NoDays) in the Vendor Marketplace portion of SAMA.  Classes start on Monday, April 4th with the Vendor Marketplace running Wednesday through Friday.  We look forward to seeing you!
    Steve & His Assistant

    Steve & His Assistant

     
  • Hello Wisconsin!

    Steve will be in Wisconsin at the Vinery (Madison) and Wisconsin Art Educators Association (Appleton) starting Tuesday, October 20 through October 23.  At the Vinery he is teaching a class using the Morton Portable Glass Shop to create a Q-bert Inspired project originally done by Jennifer Walkovich.  More information on the class is available here.  Steve then travels with Denny Berkery to share the wonderful world of glass to art teachers at the WAEA’s annual fall conference.  Information about the conference can be found here.WAEA2014-100 60dDiamondPlates-101 60dPlates-preSlump-102
  • Art Educations Assoc. Season Kicks Off – 1st Stop Florida

    Steve has landed in Naples, Florida to kick off his fall tour of Art Education Association conferences on behalf of the Kay Bain Weiner Foundation. The show is this Friday & Saturday, October 9 & 10.  He is joined in the exhibit hall with industry icons, Randy and Carole Wardell of Wardell Publications.  On Saturday the talented Petra and Wolfgang Kaiser are teaching a hands-on, featured workshop on advanced fusing techniques.  The class filled to 25 immediately, 9 beyond the 16 person limit we gave them.  It will be a packed 2 hour class in more ways then one!  If you miss the class, be sure to stop by our booth in the Vendor Marketplace.  More information about the FAEA show is here.SteveDemonstrating
  • Pacific Art Glass – Glass Fest & Open House!

    October 3rd and 4th – Steve, Jeff and Jennifer Walkovich of North Street Studios will be at Pacific Art Glass’s 11th Annual Glass Fest and Open House.  Come by to check out the TOYO Cutters, ask questions about the Morton Portable Glass Shop and see Jenn’s fun and new glass stamping techniques.  Of course there are also great deals on glass, supplies etc.  For more information check out the PAG’s site. pag-pano
  • Steve’s on the Road!

    It’s that time of year when Steve is visiting art teachers around the USA!  This annual tour on behalf of the Kay Bain Weiner Foundation focuses on sharing the amazing artistic opportunities available when working with glass.  He will be helped by and assisting  some of the great names in the industry such as Petra and Wolfgang Kaiser, Randy and Carole Wardell, Zoi and John Sandy, and Denny Berkery.  This year’s events are being backed by generous donations from numerous sponsors.  We will be highlighting them each week for the next month to thank them for their contributions.  Be sure to support these thoughtful and talented companies when considering your glass supplies.  First stop is Naples, FL October 9 & 10 for the FAEA.  Watch for pictures from this fun event. WAEA2014-100
  • Pacific Art Glass – Glass Fest & Open House!

    October 3rd and 4th – Steve, Jeff and Jennifer Walkovich of North Street Studios will be at Pacific Art Glass’s 11th Annual Glass Fest and Open House.  Come by to check out the TOYO Cutters, ask questions about the Morton Portable Glass Shop and see Jenn’s fun and new glass stamping techniques.  Of course there are also great deals on glass, supplies etc.  For more information check out the PAG’s site.
  • Rainbow Art Glass Trade Show – 2015 – CANCELLED

    UPDATE – SHOW CANCELLED  Steve will be attending Art Education shows in Florida, Wisconsin and Minnesota over the next six weeks.  Watch for more information.
    Steve & His Assistant

    Steve & His Assistant

  • GlassBuild America 2015 – Sep 16-18

    TOYO glass cutters will be on display and available for testing during GlassBuild America 2015, September 16-18 at the Georgia World Congress in downtown Atlanta, GA.  Stop by to try out our cutters in booth 1325.  GBA is one stop shopping for the flat glass industry with over 400 exhibitors in the trade show, seminars and classes.  For more information on the event visit http://www.glassbuildamerica.com/  Be sure to ask the guy with the TOYO Cutters for a free “I Tapped That” T-Shirt (available while supplies last).
  • TOYO – Morton Circle & Border System

    Plate Set In Process Catch Steve teaching the amazing capabilities and opportunities the Morton Circle & Border System has to offer on June 28th at RAGSfest being hosted by the Stained Glass Crafters Workbench in San Antonio.  This class is only available to RAGS members.  If you are a glass retailer, and not a member of RAGS, consider joining and attend this year’s conference.  They have great resources for retailers to help bolster your business.  For more information, check out their website.
  • Glass Craft Expo 2015 Completed!

    I hope you had a chance to visit the 2015 Glass Craft and Bead Expo.  We had a great show.  This year was a new adventure for us as Jeff and Steve offered their assistance to glass artist Jennifer Walkovich of North Street Studios and Julie Gatley of Toronto who taught four sold out classes, Morton Portable Glass Shop Skills, Stamping on Glass (x2) and Millefiori.  After assisting we raced to the vendor market to get set up and spent three days showing off our TOYO cutters and the Morton Glass Works products to constant crowds.  It was a tiring and exhilarating week.  Our next event will be RAGSfest this June in San Antonio at the Stained Glass Crafters Workbench.
  • TOYO Dealer Locator is LIVE!

    Looking for TOYO cutters? Find them at an Authorized TOYO Dealer near you via our newly launched Dealer Locator. Are you a TOYO Retailer or Wholesaler?  Be sure you are registered with us and get listed on our site.  Fill out this application which takes no more than 5 minutes and let us help promote your business by being listed as an Authorized TOYO Dealer.
  • SAMA – Going on NOW!

    The Society of American Mosaic Artists is holding the American Mosaic Summit this week in Philidelphia, PA.  Every year we are blown away by the amazing creations of these talented artists.  If you have the opportunity, go see the exhibits!  You can also see TOYO Cutters demonstrated in the Vendor Market with Carrie Strope of No Days Adhesives.
  • TOYO, Morton & Glass Stamping this weekend in San Antonio!

    Steve along with Jennifer Walkovich of North Street Studios will be at the Stained Glass Crafters Workbench in San Antonio for their Winter Extravaganza this Saturday, January 24th, 2015 from 10AM – 2 PM.  They will be demonstrating all TOYO cutters as well as the Morton Circle and Border System and Portable Glass Shop.  Come by to try out these great tools, learn a few tricks and bring your questions.  Ann from SGCW will be demonstrating All About Molds for Fusing.  There are in store specials and drawings for some great prizes.  Come by to say hi and pick up a few things.  For more info, contact Diann or Ann at the Stained Glass Crafters Workbench http://www.sgcworkbench.com/ 20150117_232540CandBsys-1 CandBsys-2CandBsys-4CandBsys-3 CandBsys-5
  • Become an Authorized TOYO Dealer

    Do you sell TOYO cutters as a Retailer or Wholesaler?  Help us help you by taking FIVE minutes to register with Glass Accessories Int’l as an Authorized TOYO Dealer.  Follow this link or scroll to the bottom of our webpage, click on the RED button and supply the requested information.  The info provided will be used to build our Dealer Locator which is scheduled to launch in mid January 2015.  Happy Holidays!
  • TOYO Demos & Classes at Pacific Art Glass

    Come see the full lineup of TOYO cutters at Pacific Art Glass’s Spirit of ’96 party on December 13 from 6-10 PM. For an amazing class on glass cutting with TOYO glass cutters, using the Morton Portable Glass Shop and Glass Stamping, check out Jennifer Walkovich’s Stamping on Glass class taking place December 14th from 9:30am – 4:30pm.  Fee and signup information can be found here. IMG_13011
  • See Steve at the Art Educators of Minnesota, Fall Conference – Nov 7-8

    Calling all Minnesota Art Teachers!!!  Come see us at the annual AEM Fall Conference.  Under the umbrella of the KBW Foundation, Steve is continuing his effort to teach art teachers about glass by teaming up with local glass shops around the country and introducing teachers to the amazing artistic opportunities that glass offers.  Zoi Sandy of Glass Endeavors and Steve will be teaching some basic glass skills such as cutting, fusing and mosaic.  They will have a fused pendant Make-it/Take-it, glass painting, resource information and some products for sale.  Stop by and try one of our hands-on demonstrations. WAEA2014-102 Date:       November 7-8 Website: AEM – Art is the Common Core – 2014 Fall Conference
  • GC&BE 2015 GLASS CUTTING CONTEST!

    No time like the present to start practicing for the 2015 Glass Craft and Bead Expo Glass Cutting Contest! The popular contest is scheduled to be held on Friday, April 10 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm on the show stage in the Exhibit Hall.  The Glass Cutting Contest is free and open to everyone. For the 2015 Glass Cutting Contest, Spectrum Patterns are featured and provided in advance. Start practicing with the patterns and then enter the drawing in person on Friday, April 10 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Glass Accessories Int’l (TOYO Supercutters) booth #816,  and hope your name is drawn at 4:30 p.m. as one of the 16 contestants to cut glass in either the Beginners Division of 8 Contestants (up to three years) or the Advanced Division of 8 contestants (more than three years)!  (Contestants do not need to be present at the drawing, but must check in for the contest at 4:55 p.m. or an alternate name will be drawn.) RULES:
    • Use one pattern to cut the clear glass on top of.
    • The other pattern is to place your cut pieces on top of.
    • You will have 4 minutes to cut as many pieces as possible.
    • The pieces will be judged as follows:
      • Pieces must fit inside the pattern lines but not be smaller than 1/16” inside those lines.
      • The person with the most qualifying pieces wins.
    • Tools will be provided or you may bring your own.
    • Prizes will be awarded courtesy of our generous sponsors!
    Patterns for Download: (Click on link below, it will appear in a new page or tab.  Right Click on the image and select “Save Image As”) Beginners – Tulip     Advanced – Goldfish     Super Pro – Nasturtium      Super Pro – Nasturtium (Color Version)   Special thanks to: Glass Accessories International, Spectrum Glass, Hollander Glass, Glass Patterns Quarterly, AAE Glass, Delphi Glass, Pacific Art Glass, Slumpy’s, Uroboros Glass, American Hakko Products, Austin Thin Films, D & L Art Glass Supply, Fusion Headquarters, GlaStar, Glass Craft and Bead Expo, Glasshopper Patterns, His Glassworks, KBW Foundation, Kokomo Glass, Morton Glass, A Sanborn Corporation, and Streuter Technologies.
  • Steve teaching at Wisconsin Art Educators Association, Fall Conference – Oct 23-25

    Calling all ART teachers in Wisconsin!!!  Come see us at the annual WAEA Fall Conference.  Under the umbrella of the KBW Foundation, Steve is continuing his effort to teach art teachers about glass by teaming up with local glass shops around the country and introducing teachers to the amazing artistic opportunities that glass offers.  This year Steve, along with Denny Berkery of the Vinery, will be teaching formal classes on 3D mosaics and basic glass cutting skills.  In addition to the classes, Steve and Denny will be joined in the vendor marketplace by Judy Shumway of The Glass Garden LLC and Anita Saunders of Hearts Desire Glassworks where we will have a mosaic Make-it/Take-it, resource information and some products for sale. Date:       October 23-25 Website: http://www.wiarted.org/2014-waea-fall-conference.html
  • TOYO Cutters, Morton Glass Works and Jennifer Walkovich at PAG – Oct 11 & 12

    What more could you really want?  Come try out all the TOYO Cutters, see demos of and ask questions about the Morton Portable Glass Shop and come explore the exciting, stamped and fused creations from glass artist Jennifer Walkovich of North Street Studios all while getting amazing deals on your glass art supplies during the Pacific Art Glass  10th Annual Open House & Glass Fest (click for more info) Date:   October 11 & 12, 2014 Time:  Sat 10-6,  Sun 10-4 Cost:   $5 in advance, $7 at the door (each day, includes lunch)
  • 2014 Glass Build America! Sept. 9-11

    TOYO glass cutters will be on display and available for testing during Glass Build America 2014 in Booth 2329.  It is one stop shopping for the flat glass industry with over 400 exhibitors in the trade show, seminars and classes.  This year’s event takes place at the Las Vegas Hilton Convention Center.  For more information http://www.glassbuildamerica.com/
  • Vacation Notice

    July 1, 2014 – As noted in two separate emails to our customers, Glass Accessories Int’l will be closing for a summer break in July.  The office will be closed from July 3 – July 14, reopening on July 15.  Please be sure to place orders by June 30 to ensure your supplies are adequate during our closure.  Enjoy your summer! 
  • TOYO TAP Wheel Replacement Heads Explained

    June 6, 2014  TOYO’s new TAP Wheel Pattern style replacement head, TC-600HV, is the appropriate item to replace your pattern cutting blade on the following TOYO Supercutters: Pistol Grip (TC-600), Comfort Grip (TC-1), Original Brass Pencil Supercutter (TC-10B), Original Acrylic Supercutter (TC-10P), and Thomas Grip (TC-9).  You can also continue to use the TOYO TC-10H which does not feature the TAP Wheel Technology.  The TOYO Custom Grip (TC-21PRV) with replacement head TC-21HPV will not interchange with the above mentioned cutters.  The TC-21 series has it’s own replacement heads that don’t fit the other cutter bodies.  For more information please feel free to contact us.
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    TC-600HV (OEM)

  • TOYO Power Breaker in Action. 5 Year old can use!

    TOYO’s TB/19 Power Breaker is so efficient, a five year old can run a score in 5/8″ thick glass!  This is our youngest employee and chief Power Breaker demonstrator at the 2014 Glass Craft and Bead Expo in the South Point Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.  The show took place March 25-30.  When used in conjunction with the TOYO TC-600SVB, the Power Breaker runs scores easily and cleanly up to 3/4″ (19mm) thick.  More info about the Power Breaker can be found here
    5 Year-old demonstrates TOYO Power Breaker!

    5 Year-old demonstrates TOYO Power Breaker!

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    5 Year-old Runs Score with TOYO Power Breaker!

    Bam! So easy, a 5 year old can do it.

    Bam! So easy, a 5 year old can do it.

  • April 26, 2014 – The Vinery Stained Glass, Annual Spring Sale and Show, Madison, WI

    TOYO Glass cutters will be demonstrated along with tips and tricks to better glass cutting during this annual event.  Great deals are found and new ideas available from the talented staff at the Vinery.  You can also experience a new technique, glass stamping, being taught by guest artist Jennifer Walkovich from Tucson, AZ.  For more information on the event contact The Vinery at www.vineryglass.com.
  • April 30–May 4, 2014: Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) – American Mosaic Summit, Houston, TX

    Steve will be teaching glass cutting with TOYO tools and basic Morton Portable Glass Shop skills for the second year in a row.  This is a portion of Mixing it Up & Making it Great!  Expanding Your Creativity with New Products and Technology.  Steve is teaching with the talented Susan Gamble of Santa Theresa Tile Works in Tucson, AZ and amazing Carrie Strope of CalyxAnn Glass and No Days Adhesives.  Class information can be found at www.americanmosaics.org/wp/index.php/?page_id=5655.
  • Piece By Piece featured on NBC in Los Angeles!

    We are pleased to be a supporter of this amazing organization.  Their mission is to empower residents in the underserved communities of Los Angeles by giving this disadvantaged community the tools, marketable skills and self-confidence to assume more responsibility for their future.  The segment can be seen at:www.nbclosangeles.com/on-air/as-seen-on/243333411.html.  Look close and you can see a TOYO Pistol grip on the work table!  Also note Leigh Adams, the elegant lady in purple locks.  Leigh is a woman of many talents which include the Artist in Residence at the LA County Arboretum and an advisory board member and teacher for Piece By Piece.  She is also a big fan of TOYO tools.  To find out more about Piece by Piece visit their website at www.piecebypiece.org.
  • March 28-30, 2014 – Glass Craft and Bead Expo – Las Vegas, NV

    The mecca for glass artists.  We are looking forward to another great event, offering the opportunity to try out all of the TOYO cutters and answer questions.  This year we will also be showing off the Portable Glass Shop and Circle and Border system by Morton Glass Works, precision tools designed around the TOYO glass cutter.  Stop by to say hi, find out what’s new and sign up for the Glass Cutting contest. More about GC&BE can be found at www.glasscraftexpo.com.