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[Stained Glass Gems] Magazines for the Glass Hobbyist
April 18, 2010

Issue #17 Magazines Dedicated to Art Glass and or Stained Glass

Greetings to all of my stained glass friends, and a very belated Happy Easter. These Stained Glass 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 and be helpful during your stained glass journey.

Thank you for your response to my question about what you use, from around the house, to replace tools or supplies for your glass work. I received quite a few replies and I'll tell you about them farther down in this ezine.

Bellagio Lobby Ceiling

My trip to Las Vegas was awesome. I did a lot of sightseeing and saw some breath taking scenery. The strip was an adventure in itself. I got to see some wonderful stained glass at several of the hotels/casinos. My favorite place was the Bellagio. Dale Chihuly did the ceiling in the lobby of the hotel that you see in the picture to the left. If you aren't familiar with his work, he does some incredible blown glass. Here is another example of his work Missouri Botanical Garden




I attended the Glass Craft and Bead Expo while I was in Vegas (my main reason for going). I was a little bit disappointed because most of the booths featured fusing, mosaic and bead making supplies. There was very little cold glass anything to be found, but I did find and buy a brass circle cutter for under $25...a steal as far as I'm concerned. Other than that, I totally enjoyed myself. The show made me want to get back into fusing and bead making, both areas that I love, but don't have the time for right now. Delphi Glass was featuring a new electric mandrel spinner for bead making that I was so tempted to buy, but figured that it would sit in my studio for a very long time before I had a chance to use it. If any of you make beads, have a look at it Here I bet you'll want one too!

I also saw a new ring saw that looks like an improvement on the other popular one (I won't say the name!). It's made by Gryphon. You can see it Here


Magazines

It's well worth the money spent to have at least one subscription to a magazine dedicated to glass work. You get, among other things, information on the newest techniques and products, as well as free patterns and step by step tutorials. I always look forward to the arrival of my stained glass magazines. Tools and supplies are forever being improved on and the magazines are one of the ways I can keep up with what's new.

For the stained glass hobbyist, Glass Patterns Quarterly is an excellent one to subscribe to. Each issue contains a lot of full size patterns, step by step tutorials, informative articles, and information on the newest products available for stained glass work.

Published by the same company is Profitable Glass Quarterly It is for artists, retailers, and educators. They share what works within their own businesses and how they adapt to global shifts and trends, sharing lessons from their own successes and failures. The magazine also offers regular features on managing your glass business, marketing artwork, and keeping up with the latest glass industry news and new product announcements.

For the glass crafter that works in more than one area of glass (mosaics, beads, fusing, copper foil, lead, etc), Glass Craftsman is the magazine for you. It covers all areas of glass work, step by step tutorials, and inspiring articles that I guarantee will make you want to try something new.

Glass Art is a mainly for people working in fusing, bead making, sandblasting, casting, silver clay, etc. It contains lots of informational articles, step by step tutorials, and news about the newest products available.

Art Glass Quarterly showcases the most exceptional and talented artists and fine art glass creations in the world. Each high quality issue is packed with stunning photographs of unique glass pieces created by some of the finest artists on the scene and information about the artists and their techniques and approaches to their craft.

The Flow is a magazine for Lampworkers (working with a torch. It contains well written articles, step by step tutorials, free downloadable projects, and information about the newest tools and materials available to lampworkers.

Household Items Used in Stained Glass

Steve uses old plastic milk crates for glass storage.

Here is a trick Florence learned recently to help with soldering edges. Buy a "bone" sponge found in auto supply stores and used to wash your car. Cut the sponge from an inch or so from each end but not completely through the sponge. This slit will hold a good sized piece quite firmly and allow you to solder easily with no burned fingers! The sponge catches any solder that rolls off the edge. Another of her ideas is to use rubber fingertip protectors - the rubber thingies that bank tellers use when counting money - to protect your fingers when you grind glass. I haven't found any locally that are big enough for my thumbs. However, they are available online in large and extra large. They really help too.

Pat says that you might like to try burnishing with those old-fashioned orange sticks--the ones we used to use to push our cuticles away from our nails. You can find them in the cosmetic section of stores. They wear quite nicely and are inexpensive.

When cutting glass Daralyn suggests to always make sure it is warm never cold, heat it on your lite table/box if you have one with the light on or with a heating pad for approx. 5 min. This will help you to keep your breakage of glass to nil or at a minimum, and lower the stress put on the glass.

A couple things Ann uses in putting together a piece of stained glass: a wall-paper roller to burnish the foil - costs only $2, and substitute screw eyes (a box of 50 for less than $3) for the commercial hangers. The stem of the screw eye fits in the open end of the zinc came and can easily be soldered in place. The ones I use are either zinc or tinned because they are easily soldered and take black patina really well.

Jim uses a "Sharpie" marker (the barrel, not the tip!) to burnish his foiling

For storage of glass Alison uses the wire cube shelving that she has adjusted and put together with zip ties. She puts three cubes together end to end to start and filled in upright dividers with the zip ties. She has each section labeled (in case she run out of that color) and it is in rainbow order... mostly. The other around the house product she uses are the reusable/disposable plastic sandwich containers for her scraps. They are clear so she can see through the sides and she has them labeled with the color. They stack neatly on the shelf and she can just reach over and grab the container she needs when she wants something smaller than 3.5 x 3.5"

Julie says that one item she uses a lot is a small vise. She puts adhesive backed rubber sheet strips on the vise face. This item works well when she needs both hands to work on a small piece that wedgies will not hold. She keeps her tools/pens/rulers/etc in an old kitchen spinning utensil caddy. A shelf liner keeps her grinder and saw from sliding. She uses round toothpicks to block the ends of tubing while tinning to keep the ends open. Chapstick works as well as more expensive tack to protect pattern lines while sawing.

Instead of using newspaper as the base for cutting glass, Bob uses the thin, rubberized shelf liner available in all dollar stores. These thin sheets not only cushion the glass but the waffle grid allows the shards to fall below the surface. Finally, the sheets prevent accidental sliding of the glass.

Miscellaneous Stuff!

I received an email this morning asking "What are the secrets to building a round lead panel when you don't have framing strips to build/butt up to? How do I keep the edge firm and the project round as I build it?" I gave her my answer, but I'm interested to hear what technique you use to keep either a copper foil or lead panel round while you construct it. You can send your answer to Contact Me I'll tell you what everyone had to say (including my technique) in next month's ezine.

Here's something fun to make for those of you that work with mosaics Topsy Turvy Mosaic Pots

Have a look at Robert Oddy's web site for some unique patterns, plus a free pattern to show you what the patterns and instructions guides are like.
All designs feature:
Three-dimensional layering that creates depth in your designs - taking you well past the two dimensions of basic stained glass.
Full-color instructional guides for every step in the construction process.
Full-scale patterns ready to print as many times as you need for your project.
Supply lists for each design to help make sure you have everything you need.
Extra construction tips take you beyond the simple skills you learned as a beginner!

Although Robert's patterns aren't for beginners, I know there are a lot of you that are very capable of working with them. These patterns will make your skill level grow by leaps and bounds and you'll learn new techniques that you won't be taught in any classroom. Have a look at what he has to offer and download that free pattern...it's beautiful and something I know most of you would love to make.

Go to SmartFlix.com How-To DVDs to find hundreds of "How To" DVD's for rent. They have some very interesting stained glass tutorials that can be found at Glass

book Working With Lead eBook.

It contains everything found in my Lead Tutorial as well as larger pictures and a practice pattern to use while learning the techniques. Use ordinary window glass while you're learning and save your colored glass for when you're ready to make some windows.
It only takes a minute to order, and you can download it right away, as an Adobe PDF document. Get it today for only $9.95
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book

"Make a Box With a Hinged Lid"
is an eBook that will walk you through making a stained glass box. Read about what is included in the book and how it will simplify box making. You'll get a free gift, Learning the Copper Foil Technique, when you buy this eBook.
Go here "Make a Box With a Hinged Lid", to buy now.


Since there is occasionally some confusion, I want to clarify that an eBook is an electronic book that is downloaded on your computer. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to be able to read it and/or print it out.


Best deals in art glass suppliesDelphi Stained Glass Supplies is a place where I have bought supplies online and over the phone for many years. Some very helpful people work there, and I recommend Delphi as a reliable place to order your supplies.





Just in case you don't know, the Stained Glass Gems ezine is mailed out the third Sunday of every month. Be on the look out for [Stained Glass Gems] Issue 18 on Sunday, May 16th.

I want to encourage you to have fun and experiment with your glass. Try new things and different techniques. It's amazing what you can do when you "think outside the box."

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