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[Stained Glass Gems] Issue #001
January 18, 2009

Stained Glass Gems
Issue #001


Welcome to Stained Glass Gems. These gems have been found during my frequent browsing and deep digging for helpful and or unusual stained glass web sites, as well as other information pertaining to stained glass. I have a long list that I will share with you over the months ahead. I do hope that there's a gem or two that will brighten your day.

Today is very cold, brrr. It was -2 degrees F when we got up this morning, but it is supposed to get up to the mid 20's early next week. I'm so anxious to get the box making tutorial done, however, my studio is in an unheated sun porch. Working in the cold is not something I enjoy, so the tutorial will have to be put on hold a little longer. I want to say "I'm sorry for the delay" to the people waiting for that tutorial.

"Web Site of the Month"

Peter Mollica creates amazing contemporary stained glass windows. Be sure to have a look at Windows for Residences, Small Commissions, and Freehanging Panels. You can learn so much from looking at his work...his designs, use of lines, colors, use of glass. I hope his web site will start your creative juices flowing.

Do you know of a web site that you think others would enjoy? Let me know about it here.

"Useful Tutorials"

Is designing something in an oval shape holding you back, because you don't know how to draw an accurate oval? Here's a web page with an oval drawing tutorial.

If you're looking for a wintertime project that will enhance your garden in the summer, have a look at this. Gazing Balls. Here is another place to get Instructions. Look at the 7th post to get the instructions, although the entire thread is helpful.

"Let's Chat"

Belonging to a community of people that enjoy the same hobby/craft/art is what you'll get when you join a stained glass forum or chat. I've been involved with Warner Stained Glass Chat for a very long time. You can ask a question, answer a question, discuss a technique, talk about products, display your work, etc. If you ask a question, you will find many knowledgeable people ready to help. Remember to start a file, on your word processor, to keep useful information. I have pages full of tips and techniques that I have taken from various forums. You never know when they'll come in handy.

Where To Get It

Copper Wire in bulk. I've ordered from them, and have been very satisfied with price, speed of delivery and the quality of the wire.

Tips and Techniques

The easiest way to straighten copper wire is to put one end in a vise and grab the other end with a pair of pliers and pull. This will both stretch the wire a little and straighten it. This is the same principle used to stretch lead. In both cases be sure to brace yourself, to prevent a fall, in case the wire or lead breaks (and I'm living proof that it can happen).

Potpourri

Have a look at SmartFlix.com How-To DVDs. You're going to find hundreds of "How To" DVD's for rent. They have some very interesting stained glass tutorials which can be found at Glass.

Do you need a pattern resizer or a design program? I can highly recommend Pattern Wizard and Rapid Resizer. They are reasonably priced and you get a fairly long free trial before you have to commit to paying for them. You have the option of buying one or the other or both.

Here's something for those of you interested in the Conservation and Restoration of stained glass windows. A forum will take place, June 1-3, in New York City, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Look here for more information.

Just in case you don't know, the Stained Glass Gems ezine will be mailed out the third Sunday of every month. Be on the look out for [Stained Glass Gems] Issue 2 on Sunday, February 15th.

I'd like to encourage you to be creative, to try new things, to experiment, and most of all, have fun.

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