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[Stained Glass Gems] Magazines for the Glass Hobbyist
June 19, 2011
Issue #32 All About Cutting a Hole in Glass
Greetings to all stained glass enthusiasts and Happy Father's Day to all of you dads out there. 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.
I have just become a full time care giver for my 93 year old mother. She is now living with us, and I need a couple of months to get in to a routine. To get the time and rest that I need I won't be doing an ezine for July or August. Look for the next issue on September 18.
The blogs and web sites I feature 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 web sites and perhaps learn something new.
Old is Better Than New Lots of pictures of old traditional style windows.
And here are a few interesting Facebook pages for stained glass artists:
This is not something you would use often, if at all. It's more for your own entertainment, although it might come in handy at some time or other. When I lived in Australia, bathroom exhaust fans were installed in the window glass. The following technique was used to cut a hole in the glass, and I learned how to do it from a friend that installed exhaust fans.
It will probably take you a few tries before you get a hole and not a broken sheet of glass, but once you've been successful, it gets easier. It took me 4 tries before I had success for this tutorial. First of all it's been quite a few years since I've cut a hole in glass, and secondly my circle cutter is not a good one. I bought it at a trade show last year without looking at the cutting wheel. I assumed that since it was a brass circle cutter it had a Toyo cutting head on it. That was not to be...it has a turret head with 6 steel wheels and they are very poor quality. I should have known that a brass circle cutter that sold for less than $30 would not be a quality product.
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Delphi has some new Metal Accents and Hangers to embellish your work. The hooks will give a much nicer finish to panels rather than using jump rings for hanging.
Go to SmartFlix.com How-To DVDs to find hundreds of "How To" DVD's for rent. If you want to learn how to do it from drawing a picture to repairing a car, it's available on one of their DVDs. They have some very interesting stained glass tutorials that can be found at Glass
Delphi 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.
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.
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.
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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"He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands, head, and heart is an artist." ~Saint Francis of Assisi
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