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[Stained Glass Gems] Issue #004
April 19, 2009

Stained Glass Gems
Issue #004


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 and be helpful during your stained glass journey.


"Web Site of the Month"

I'm always encouraging you to experiment, try new things, and be creative. This featured web site is about a person that did just that.

A quote from the web site says, "Without question, Dan was the most talented and innovative stained glass artist of all time. On May 20th, 2005, Dan lost his courageous battle to cancer, yet his undying spirit lives on forever through his magnificent stained glass art."

Have a look at Dans' featured panels. You will see how many different techniques can be incorporated in one panel. He used etching, painting and fusing along with traditional techniques to make his creations come to life. There's a lot you can learn by studying his work. Dan Rose

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


"Useful Tutorials"

Framing Panels is a tutorial on making wooden frames for stained glass panels. It is from Anaraku Glass Studio, and is shown step by step, with pictures.

Etchall etching cream instructions. Etchall is the etching cream I use. I have tried several brands, but this one is the best (in my opinion). After you've used it, you can scrape it off and put it back in the jar rather than washing it down the drain. That, in itself, is a great way to cut down on costs, and it keeps the chemicals out of our drains and eventually our waste water systems.


"Let's Chat"

Silicone Folly This site has an excellent tutorial on making stepping stones. In addition there are forums for stepping stones, kiln work, torch work and general glass work.


Where To Get It

If you're trying to find a carborundum stone this place has them. I use mine more than I use a grinder. They take off sharp or jagged edges with just a little bit of pressure. Hold it at an angle to the edge of the glass and run it along the entire edge on both sides of the glass. Carborundum stones are cheap and last a long time. Save the life of a grinder head...buy a carborundum stone.

If you're having trouble converting measurements from imperial to metric or vise versa, this Measurement Converter is a great online tool. It certainly simplifies things for me since I work in metric, but have to talk to clients in imperial. If you're wondering why I work in metric, it's simply because I find metric so much easier than imperial, and I don't have to deal with fractions.


Tips and Techniques

The easiest way to make an accurate template for an odd shaped window is to use the actual piece of glass in the window. If the glass is in one piece (not broken), remove it and place it on some heavy cardboard. Trace around it and use that tracing to draw your cartoon and assemble your window on. If the glass is broken, but in reasonable size pieces, you can tape the pieces together (duct tape works well for this) before you remove them from the frame.

If the glass is too broken to use, or there is no glass in the frame, tape a piece of paper over the opening and rub a soft lead pencil along the edges of the rebate where the glass would sit. Cut out the template and place it in the opening to make sure it fits. Make any adjustments needed. Then transfer the shape to stiff cardboard or something else that's firm and won't lose its shape. Once again, cut it out and try it in the opening to make sure it's accurate. Use the cardboard template to draw your cartoon. Remember that the template is the finished size of your window including your perimeter lead or zinc. If the cardboard template fits in the opening properly, you know your stained glass window will also fit properly.


"In The Works"

I am just finishing up the content for my first eBook. It's titled "Making a Stained Glass Box With a Simple Hinged Lid". I still have a lot to do before it's ready for its debut. It should be finished in a month, but that's not a guarantee. You will be the first to know when it's completed.

Another project being worked on, by my husband, is an eBook with plans and step by step (with pictures) directions for Making a Light Box. We don't have a time frame for its completion yet, as it's only in it's early stages.

Lastly, someone asked me if I'd make the step by step directions and pattern for a 3D Tulip. I made something that turned out looking exactly like a water lily, not a tulip! I'll try again, when I have a few free minutes, but it might not be by Mothers Day, as she requested. If you happen to be the one that asked me to do this, please accept my apologies. I don't have any contact information for you.


"Potpourri" (a fancy word for miscellaneous stuff!)"

If you are looking for a specific free pattern, don't forget to use the Free Stained Glass Patterns Search on my web site. Every free pattern that I have been able to find is listed there. I often get an email asking if I know where a certain pattern can be found. My standard reply is to use the Pattern Search page. If it's a free pattern, on the internet, it should be listed there. If you're looking for a pattern to buy, I honestly can't help you. I don't have many pattern books myself, and the ones I do have are very old, so my knowledge of published patterns is very limited.

The Score newsletter from Spectrum Glass has recently arrived, and I wanted to share it with you. There are always interesting articles to read and fun projects to do.

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 4 on Sunday, May 17th.

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

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