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[Stained Glass Gems] Issue #005
May 17, 2009
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.
Stained Glass by Kirby Louis Rivest. All of his work is beautiful, but you must have a look at his Three Dimensional Works (the whales). I've never seen anything done quite like that. It should inspire many of you to try your hand at designing something that would incorporate that technique. My head is full of ideas. I just need to find the time to do it!
Do you know of a web site that you think others would enjoy? Let me know about it
How to Make Glue Chip Glass gives you all of the instructions necessary to make your own glue chip glass. This technique would be useful if you have an out of the ordinary glass that you want glue chipped.
Although this isn't a tutorial as such, you can have a look at what it involves to do
Glass Painting. It is an art all in itself and takes a long time to learn everything necessary to be any good at it. However, it does open up a whole new dimension for the serious glass craftsman.
Kaleidoscope Builders Knowledge Base is a forum for anyone that likes to, or would like to, make kaleidoscopes. I've spent some time there, and have found a very helpful group of kaleidoscope enthusiasts. The forum covers all kinds of kaleidoscopes, so if you're interested in stained glass scopes, do a search (there's a place at the top of the forum home page) for stained glass kaleidoscopes. I love making kaleidoscopes. Each one is unique, and I've never met anyone that hasn't been delighted when they look through one.
Brass embellishments always give a unique look to a lamp, a box, even a panel. If you're looking for something out of the ordinary, you will find a huge variety of them here: Fancifuls Brass Charms. Scroll down to the third row of items to begin viewing there enormous range of embellishments.
You can get Bronze Wool from your local Ace Hardware. You might have to ask them to order it for you, but they can get it and they don't charge shipping if you pick it up rather than having it sent directly to you. Ask for
"fine grade" stock #123100. It is less expensive than buying it from a stained glass shop (and very few carry it).
"Making a Stained Glass Box With a Hinged Lid" is close to being done.
It didn't get done in a month as I predicted, but it is close. As I said last month,
you will be the first to know when it's ready. It's full of easy to do techniques for
box and hinge making.
The Making a Light Box eBook, being done by my husband, is coming along but it
will still be several months before completion. He's been set back with a torn rotator
cuff in his right shoulder. We're now waiting for a date for surgery.
If you can't think of anything else to make, perhaps something for your computer would satisfy your glass working obsession!
A Decorative Soldering Class will be available on Saturday, June 6th for anyone that lives near, or wants to travel to, Allentown, PA. You can read about the details Here. Click on "Classes" at the bottom of the navigation bar on the left side of the page.
Decorative soldering takes copper foiled piece from ordinary to one-of-a-kind without much effort.
Here's a picture of a box lid I made for my eBook. You will see that I used both decorative soldering and a brass embellishment.
SmartFlix has something new that looks very interesting. They have created a
and a Lampwork University (Bead Making).
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 6 on Sunday, June 21st.
I want to encourage you to be creative, to try new things, to experiment, and most of all, have fun.
If you have comments, suggestions, questions, or just want to chat, this is where you can Contact Me.
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