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[Stained Glass Gems] Magazines for the Glass Hobbyist
September 15, 2013

Issue #55

Welcome to Stained Glass Gems. I'm finally back after my two month break. I accomplished very little, but the "doing nothing" was just what I needed. I did find a lot of information for my upcoming ezines, so you should be well inspired for the next ten months.

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.

By the way, all links are working at the time of posting this ezine. If you're having trouble opening any thing, try a different browser.

Stained Glass Blogs and Web Sites

Please remember the importance of not copying the designs you see in the following blogs and web sites. Copyright laws must be adhered to.

Dave Griffin is a stained glass artist in the UK. He creates wonderful contemporary (and the occasional traditional) panels. Some of the names he gives his panels make me laugh, especially "Cat Gazing at Fly". I hope you enjoy looking at his work as much as I did.

Bob's Stained Glass has some interesting pieces that he creates, mainly from photographs. I like his "trademark" in the lower left or right corner of most pieces. What a great idea for individualizing your work.

The blog Fleeting Stillness by Alla Sharkova is an awesome site for giving you ideas for your own creations. She does beautiful work and incorporates a variety of mediums in her pieces. If you want to use any of her patterns, she asks that you ask for her permission first. You can find her contact information on the "Where to Find" page.

Reflections of Glass is a blog showing off the work done at their studio. Geodes/agates are used in many of the pieces. It's interesting how geodes/agates have come to the forefront in stained glass work. I've seen many unusual and beautiful pieces on Pinterest.

Making Wire Embellishments

You might think I'm obsessed with wire, but I hate spending my money buying wire embellishments that I could make myself. Up until now, all attempts at making my own embellishments have been a dismal failure. Finally, I found Totally Twisted It is the best wire tutorial I've seen yet. Now I know how to do. You'll see it towards the end of the video.

Here's another Wire Tutorial that is meant for another type of craft but would work equally as well for stained glass embellishments.

I hope you're not tired of wire tutorials yet. Here's one that shows you how to Wire Wrap a Loop It makes a hanging loop a bit more decorative, especially on a panel.

What can you do with twisted and curly-q wire? Let your imagination go wild!
Here are several pictures of finished pieces that incorporate wire:
Lamps
Cut down wine bottle
Garden Stake
Sun Catchers
Another sun catcher
Good use of twisted wire
Boxes
Decorative Hangers for light weight sun catchers.
You can use twisted wire around the edges of panels and around the bottom of lamp shades. Curly-Q's can embellish almost any project to give it a unique look. Go have some fun with some wire and your drill!

Ebooks

Current 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
Repair
Build a Light Box

You can find full details about all of the Ebooks Here

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!

Here is where you can find the Pinterest Pages that I created. You can just browse or follow or repin. There are lots of really nice panels that can give your creativeness a jump start.

One Piece at a Time has many unique vintage jewelry findings and components that could be used in your stained glass work. There are a lot of different types of chain and many metal findings to embellish your work. I know nothing about this Etsy site other than they have many things that tweaked my interest, and I thought it was worth telling you about.

Here's a source for Framing Stock to make frames for your stained glass work. I have not used them myself, but I understand that they are quite affordable. They give instructions (on the web site) on how to make your frames.

This video from the Dichroic Man shows how to solder Bevels so they don't stick up so high on the front side of the panel. One of those "why didn't I think of that" ideas!

I received this email and thought Betsy's "experiment" was worth sharing:
"I just completed a memorial stained glass stepping stone of my step-son's dog. Using the last photo I had of the dog, I placed it's name, death date and age onto a stained glass bone. I did an experiment with the font. It was difficult to do with stained glass and not having a steady hand with paint. I used a transparent computer paper to print it on and placed it between a clear and white stained glass dog bone,then used Weldon glue around the bones sections. Coming out of the mold, it turned out great!"

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.



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."

Look for your next ezine on October 20, 2013.

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