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[Stained Glass Gems] Issue #006
June 21, 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.
Narcissus Quagliata has been one of my favorite
stained glass artists for years. Be sure to watch the 4 min video. You get to it by clicking on the last little picture under the big picture on the opening page. I found it to be absolutely fascinating.
Do you know of a web site that you think others would enjoy? Let me know about it
Glass For Stained Glass is where you can learn all about the glass used for stained glass...how each type is made and it's uses. Most informative.
Glass Terms and Definitions This isn't actually
a tutorial, it's a list of Stained Glass terms and definitions that are very useful, especially for newbies (or anyone else) that doesn't
understand stained glass lingo.
StainedGlassville Forums is a group of forums for anyone that works with glass using any technique...cold, warm, hot, torchwork, or mosaics. It's one of the older forums on the web and has just been redone to a new and easy to navigate format.
So many people email me asking where they can get the #98 white scrub pads that I use to clean copper foil panels and apply patina. A visitor to my web site said she found them on the internet but couldn't remember where she found them, so I did a search and found them here White Scrub Pads. You get 20 in a box, which will last you a long time. I always cut each pad into quarters, sometimes smaller yet, so you're can actually get at least 80 pads if you cut them up. I have searched for them many times before now and always came up with nothing, so I'm assuming they are a new product that True Value is carrying.
Two Pieces of Glass
Here is my technique for Sandwiching items between glass.
You can use plain glass, bevels, one bevel and one piece of glass, actually just about anything glass you can
think of. I have used glue chip for the back piece and clear GNA for the front piece, a bevel for the front and
clear GNA for the back. Whatever you use, it always looks nice.
I made myself a flower press, and I press flowers from my garden to put between glass. I have seen photos, wedding announcements, lace, anything you can think of that you might want to display, put between glass. It makes a personal and unusual gift. One thing to note, if you use pressed flowers, do not hang them in direct sunlight. The flowers will bleach out within a week.
The How To Make a Light Box eBook is close to completion and should be ready by the next newsletter.
I must apologize about the kaleidoscope forum I recommended last month. Apparently they aren't such a friendly group
after all. I received this email the other day: "FYI: The Kaleidoscope forum was not very friendly about new members joining their group or viewing their web-site. I received a message as to why I wanted to view it. I answered in reference to your newsletter and explained my interest. I never got the password and they didn't answer my 2nd request. I thought
you'd like to know." If anyone else had problems with them please let me know.
I have a request of you. Do you have or know of any active stained glass blogs?
The type that gets comments and has at least two or more posts a week? If you do, would you please tell me about them? I'm thinking of
featuring blogs in the next ezines, but I haven't been able to find any, that fit the criteria, and I've spent quite a bit of
time searching for them. If you know of any, you can tell me about them Here
Ask Sue For Help
is a feature on my web site that some of you may not be aware of. It gives you a place to ask questions
about any problems you're having with your stained glass work. Your question is answered on the same page where you
ask it. You will get notified when it has been answered. Anyone reading the question is welcome to add comments
if they feel so inclined (and I do encourage your comments).
I occasionally ask for help answering a question if it's something I'm not familiar with or if I think there are
people that have had similar problems and have come up with a way to solve it. Actually, here's a question that
I got yesterday, that I do need help with,
a Zinc Framed Panel. If any of you are able to help with an answer, I'd sure appreciate your input. You can write your answer
in the "Comments" section, just below the question. By the way, you can remain anonymous if you don't want to
display your name. Thanks for your help!
There are separate pages for copper foil questions, lead came questions, patina questions and general stained
glass questions. Each category becomes a FAQ for that topic. It's a good place to go to if you're having a problem. You
might find an question and answer that is exactly what you need.
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
Just in case you don't know, the Stained Glass Gems ezine is
mailed out the third Sunday of every month. Be on the look out for [Stained Glass Gems] Issue 7 on
Sunday, July 19th.
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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