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[Stained Glass Gems] Magazines for the Glass Hobbyist
December 18, 2011

Issue #37

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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.

Just 2 weeks until we begin a New Year. It doesn't seem possible that an entire year has come and gone. That old saying is true..."time flies when you're having fun". With the New Year approaching, I'd love to hear from you with some ideas for what you'd like to see in the 2012 ezines. To be quite honest, I'm running out of ideas, so I could really use your help. If any one of you has written an article or developed a technique that you'd like to share, send it to me and, with my approval, you and your contribution could star in one of the 2012 ezines


Stained Glass Blogs and Web Sites

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.

There are some very nice patterns on the Free Stained Glass Patterns web site. You'll find 121 patterns by using the drop down box which opens up when you put your cursor over the words FREE STAINED GLASS PATTERNS near the top of the page.

Here is the Blog that goes with the web site above. Designer Veronique Soucy is apparently the owner of this blog as well as the web site.

The Art of Glass covers almost all areas of glass work. I'm sure you'll find some interesting tidbits as you browse this blog.

Tutorials

For those of you that make beads, here's a Fused Dichroic Pendant Tutorial

I know only 7 days until Christmas, but I thought some of you might like this Large Christmas Sleigh and might have a go at building one for someone special or even yourself.

How to Make a Stained Glass Mosaic from HGTV isn't exactly the way to I do mosaics, but it looks fairly easy and could be a one day or less project.

Ebook News

My next ebook, in the works, is all about repair for both copper foil and lead came. I thought it would be done by the first of the year, but unfortunately it won't be ready until sometime in February or maybe even March. I have run into some snags in finding leaded windows that need repair. I really hate to break the glass in a perfectly good leaded window just to demonstrate how to repair it, but if worse comes to worse, that's what I will do.

You can find full details about all of my Ebooks Here

Ebooks available are:
Make a Box With a Hinged Lid
Make a Kaleidoscope
Learn the Copper Foil Technique
Learn the Lead Came Technique
Frequently Asked Questions About Patina
Frequently Asked Questions About Copper Foil
Reinforcement


For those of you that have inquired about my ebooks being available as actual books, Make a Stained Glass Kaleidoscope is now available as a paperback book at Amazon.com and as a Kindle Book

Make a Box With a Hinged Lid is available as a paperback at Amazon.com and is also available as a Kindle Book


Miscellaneous Stuff!

Widget Supply is a web site that sells hard to find hobby and craft supplies. One of my ezine subscribers, Mike, recommended this place way back in June, and I just got around to looking at the site. I am pleasantly surprised with their array of "things' and their prices. Each category expands when you click on it to take you to all kinds of treasures. This is something I'm going to order. I've wanted to make my own Curly Q's for a long time, and this tool should help me do it with ease.

New Free Tools from Rapid Resizer. They include a Photograph to Pattern Converter, an Online Text Stencil Maker, Resize Patterns up to 3 Large pages (then you can subscribe to unlimited enlargements for $12.00 a year), and Save Ink printing PDF's. I have not tried any of these, so I have no idea how well they work, but I did want to let you know that they are available.

For anyone that wants to make a Christmas or other holiday gift for the kids, but would prefer something other than stained glass, here's my favorite non-stained glass web site The Toymaker This page has paper craft patterns and printouts for all of the Holidays. Enjoy!

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


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.

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.





Wishing all of you a happy and safe Holiday and a prosperous New Year.

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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"I want everything we do to be beautiful. I don't give a darn whether the client understands that it's worth anything, or that the client thinks it's worth anything, or whether it is worth anything. It's worth it to me. It's the way I want to live my life. I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares." ~ Saul Bass


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