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August 14, 2010

Issue #20 All About How To Make Sudsy Ammonia

Greetings to all of my stained glass friends. 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 do hope that there's a gem or two that will brighten your day and be helpful during your stained glass journey.

Oh my goodness...less than a month before school starts again. Where has the summer gone?? Our son, from Australia, was here for the past 2 weeks, as well as our daughter and family from Calgary, Alberta Canada. We had a wonderful time together. It's been 3 years since all of my children and grandchildren (and my 93 year old mother) were in one place at the same time.

Stained Glass Blogs

These blogs cover a variety of subjects and techniques. Some of the techniques will be different from the way I have demonstrated in my tutorials, but that doesn't mean that either their's or mine are the right way or the wrong way to do it. It's just another way of getting to the end result. I hope you enjoy the following blogs and perhaps learn something new.

Here's a blog from one of our own ezine readers, Janet. She makes some very interesting pieces! New Moon Glass

Sapphire Glass Creations shows how they incorporated flea market treasures with stained glass.

Although this is not a blog, I'm sure you'll enjoy looking at the work by stained glass artist Jose Heasman from the UK. The techniques she uses for her Flowers is amazing, especially the Spring Flowers, Cyclamen Candle-Light Catcher, and Meadow Flowers. You can also see a table lamp she created Here (it's my favorite!)

Make Your Own Sudsy Ammonia

As many of you know, I use Sudsy Ammonia to clean my copper foiled pieces after they have been soldered. And, as many of you have come to realize, Sudsy Ammonia is difficult to find. Outside of the USA it is just about impossible to obtain. I have found a recipe to make your own. I have not tried it because I bought a dozen bottles of Sudsy Ammonia several years ago and I think I have enough to last me for the rest of my life!

We'll call the home made version Soapy Ammonia. You'll be able to make gallons of soapy ammonia solution from one bottle of pure ammonia, and it's cheap to make.

Buy some pure ammonia solution. It's available in some supermarkets in the household cleaner section here in the US. Otherwise, try hardware or home improvement stores or places that sell industrial cleaners. You will probably want to buy the smallest possible bottle since you won't need a lot.

Use rubber gloves and goggles - pure ammonia can burn skin and eyes.

Work in a well-ventilated area.

Work over a sink just in case there is any spillage.

Do not lean directly over the bottles when you're pouring.

Use a new 12 oz. plastic bottle. They are available in grocery stores, dollar stores, hardware stores, Walmart, etc. For safety reasons, never reuse old commercial cleaner bottles. Old labels or color schemes can be confusing, and new bottles are inexpensive.

First add 6 ounces of tap water to the bottle. Always add ammonia to water, not the other way around.

With a funnel, pour 6 ounces of ammonia into the bottle.

Add a good squirt of dishwashing liquid. Make sure the dishwashing liquid does not contain bleach.

Close the bottle tightly.

Shake gently.

Write "Soapy Ammonia" on the bottle with the indelible marker.

Write "Danger: Do not mix with Bleach"

Write "POISON" and keep the mixture, and the bottle of ammonia out of children's reach.

The original recipe calls for 2/3 water and 1/3 ammonia, but I have read reports that it is too weak a solution for stained glass purposes. There was an excerpt on a Heloise web site that said "I contacted a leading manufacturer of ammonia, and here is what the company had to say: Sudsy ammonia is plain ammonia that has a small amount of detergent added to it." In my opinion, straight ammonia and detergent would be too strong and too dangerous.

I Need Some Ideas

I'me running out of ideas for the themes and short tutorials for these ezines. Any input will be welcome. Please keep in mind that the tutorials need to be fairly short, like the one above about Sudsy Ammonia. I can't do tutorials that would involve a lot of preparation time and many pictures, like lead came repair and reinforcement (I promise lead repair and reinforcement will be part of the web site in the future).

I recently received an email asking how to remove a zinc border from a foiled panel. I have a fairly simple way to do it, but I'd like to know how the rest of you would go about it. I'll publish your answers and mine in next months ezine. You can send your answers to Contact Me

Miscellaneous Stuff!

If you're searching for a pattern, try Google Images. You will see hundreds of patterns. If you are looking for a particular theme, there is a place at the top of the first page where you can make some choices. Just be aware that not all of the patterns are free, and many of them have copywrites so they can not be reproduced for gifts or for sale, and they can not be published on a web site. With that being said, you can still get a lot of ideas from them.

Don't forget my stained glass Facebook page where anyone working with glass can make comments about their current projects, upload pictures of their work, ask questions, or just add general stained glass chit chat. Please join in, and also please tell your fellow stained glassers about it. You don't have to answer any of the questions I've asked (to get it started), just use it like a chat site for stained glass. You'll find it here Stained Glass Tutorials and Free Patterns. Click on Like at the top of the page to have new comments show up whenever you go to your Facebook page.

You can now see all of the Ebooks that I have for sale Here


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

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Just in case you don't know, the Stained Glass Gems ezine is mailed out the third Sunday of each month. Be on the look out for [Stained Glass Gems] Issue 21 on Sunday, September 19th.

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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