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[Stained Glass Gems] Issue #002
February 15, 2009

Stained Glass Gems
Issue #002


Welcome to Stained Glass Gems. These 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.

"Web Site of the Month"

Battlefield Glass 2003 A wonderful place to get ideas. This site give you food for thought! It will help you stretch your imagination and perhaps try something totally out of the ordinary. Battlefield Glass took place 6 years ago, and was the awakening of my creativity (I had entries in Rounds 1, 2 and 3). You will see that each person was given the same "found objects" that we had to design and build a project around (in a certain time frame). It was fun and stressful at the same time.

Do you know of a web site that you think others would enjoy? Let me know about it here.

"Useful Tutorials"

How to Make Sandscapes These make interesting items for craft shows, gifts, or you can have some fun making one for yourself.

Do you have trouble cutting a circle? Here's a great tutorial (it's the way I've been cutting circles for years and it works like a charm). There's also a tutorial on how to cut a circular border in one piece (yes, it can be done!) Circle Cutting Demo

"Let's Chat"

The Art Glass Factory Forum I just recently joined this forum and received a very warm welcome. I believe you will find a knowledgeable community of people that are willing to help if you have a question, or are just as willing to chat about glass work in general, if you feel like chatting. Check them out, I'm sure you'll be happy that you did.

Where To Get It

MAC Glue MAC Glue is a quick drying adhesive designed specifically for glass on glass. It dries completely clear. Mosaic artists love it.

Here's a place to find hardware for your Tiffany lamps. Vase caps, wheels, risers, chains, and lamp bases are some of the products available. Lampshade Hardware

Tips and Techniques

Uses for wooden spring type clothes pins:
1. When you're trying to edge bead a small item, hold it with the clothes pin. It prevents burned fingers and makes it easy to turn the item.
2. Use the clothes pin to hold wire in place when you're soldering a wire around the bottom edge of a lampshade. Use as many clothes pins as needed to keep the wire in place. Go around and tack the wire in the spaces between the clothes pins, then remove the pins and finish soldering.

This YouTube video shows a technique that I would not recommend trying unless you're very proficient at cutting glass. I don't know that I would be able to do it on a consistent basis...maybe occasionally and that would be more by luck than skill! Cutting a Rectangle a most unusual way.

Potpourri

Keep watch for this workshop. It isn't on the calendar yet, but well worth waiting for and attending if you're able to get there. May 14-17, 2009 Glass for Geeks...Class for beginners with Robert Oddy at Warner Stained Glass Robert is an awesome teacher as well as an awesome stained glass artist.

Have a look at SmartFlix.com How-To DVDs. You're going to find hundreds of "How To" DVD's for rent. They have some very interesting stained glass tutorials which can be found at Glass.

Do you need a pattern resizer or a design program? I can highly recommend Pattern Wizard and Rapid Resizer. They are reasonably priced and you get a fairly long free trial before you have to commit to paying for them. You have the option of buying one or the other or both.

Just in case you don't know, the Stained Glass Gems ezine will be mailed out the third Sunday of every month. Be on the look out for [Stained Glass Gems] Issue 3 on Sunday, March 15th.

I'd like to encourage you to be creative, to try new things, to experiment, and most of all, have fun.

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