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Grinder, Grinding and Glass Saw Questions 
I have a new grinder and a new diamond bit but when I try to smooth edges of the glass it is chipping. I have tried different pieces of glass. I have …

Pieces breaking after patina application? 
I've cut the pieces, foiled them, fluxed them, soldered them, washed in warm water with Dawn dishwashing detergent to get the flux off...then I lay it …

finger protection 
I wear rubber gloves (made for stained glass), but my fingers are so sore and dry from grinding, soldering, etc that I may have to wait until they heal …

One handed work 
Dear Sue, You may or may not remember me from about 2 or so years ago. My name is Ken & I started working with glass with the foil method. I have only …

stained glass windchimes 
What is the best type of stained glass to use for wind chimes? I have just cut 6 pieces of opal glass but it doesn't seem to make very relaxing sounds …

types of glass 
What glass is easier to cut and which one is most brillant in color. Answer Most cathedral glasses, by any manufacturer, are easier to cut …

How do you identify different types of glass? 
Is there a site that can show me what each glass does and what it looks like? I buy mine from Hobby Lobby and my inventory has numbers but I don't know …

Miscellaneous Stained Glass Questions  
I want to try the English method - tracing patterns onto my glass instead of cutting out individual pattern pieces. I currently use the Sharpie markers …

Mosaics and Stepping Stone Problems 
After waiting 3 days I flipped my stepping stone out of the mold and was upset to see that the cement must of oozed out between the glass and the sticky …

How to price Stained Glass 
How do you go about pricing a stained glass item? Answer A pretty simple formula that isn't perfectly accurate, but will work, is to charge the …

Drilling a Hole in Glass 
Please tell me the proper way to drill a hole in a piece of stained glass. Thank you for your assistance. Mary Answer The easiest way is …

Installation and How to Hang Stained Glass 
This piece has offered me many hours of solitude of focus in a time when my folks were declining. I have found a buyer who wants this hanging from her …

Safety Precautions for women 
Hi Sue, What safety precautions should women use for lead and soldering concerning birth defects? Should women always use a mask? And if yes, what …

Glass Cutter Problems 
My cutter is often dry. I've taken the metal portion off of the oil cylindar, and noticed the plunger action is working, the oil is coming out, but when …

Constructing Stained Glass Projects 
Any sugestions on an easy way to place rings on sun-catchers? I'm talking about the ring to hold the sun-catcher not decorative rings. I prop my project …

Glass Colors for Flesh 
I'm having a very hard time finding a flesh colored glass (caucasian). I've looked over the Spectrum collection and the closest I can find is Cotton Candy …

Tips For a One-Handed Glass Worker 
I know this is long but please read. I am looking for tips or suggestions on working with stained glass with one hand. I lost my right arm in a motorcycle …

Making Glass Box Hinges 
I am making my first box. I was given a couple of brass rods to make the hinges from. I can see that one fits inside the other, but I don't know what …

Water Prism Questions 
Do you lay wire on the seams between the trianges and also between the joins of the top and bottom or just between the top and bottom pieces. I also …

Equipping a Workshop 
Hi Sue, I find your website very helpful. I was wondering if you could give some pointers or recommend a resource for designing, and equipping a stained …

Bevels 
I bought an antique, leaded beveled glass window. Should the beveled side face the inside of the room? Answer Yes, the beveled side should face …

Framing Stained Glass 
I need to frame a rectangle with arch shaped top...I was planning to use zinc on the sides and bottom and lead for the arched top....is the correct? …

water prism tinning 
Hi, I have two questions about the water prism 1) I'd like my water prism to have a silver finish inside and out so I was wondering if it would it create …

Fused Glass Garden Stake 
I realize this is a stained glass site, but I saw somewhere that you once taught glass fusing(?). I need to come up with a plan for making about 25 small …

Mirror Questions 
I have been using mirror from Ikea in my stained glass work. After soldering I wash them using a scouring pad and they are fine - but quite a few have …

Reinforcement Questions 
I found this beautiful medallion that I want to make. It'll be 36 x 36 round. I will be making it with the copper foil method and wanted to know the …

Pattern Cutting Questions 
I'm new to this after cutting my glass patterns, some pieces just don't line up properly even after some grinding. I have some gaps between curved pieces. …

Dishes 
Hi Sue Its me again. This time I would like to know what you think of making little dishes that would be used possibly for holding food. I am wanting …

Signing or Writing on Glass 
What is the best way for stained glass artist to sign their work? Thanks for all the great information on this website! Bless Answer You can get …

cleaning an old water prism 
Hi, I have an old water prism, about 20 years old. It has never leaked. It had some stains on the inside. I tried cleaning it and I thnk it has only …

Lamp Shade Questions 
Hi Sue Can you tell me how to use a 4 leg spider in a lamp? I can find how to use a cap, but I like to open the top. Thank you, Chuck Answer …

Overlay and Wire Accents 
Hi Sue, Was reading through some of your info for hanging suncatchers and was wondering what tiger tail is? Also, do you know of any info on overlaying. …

Designing Problems 
Hi Sue, My name is Ami, I was wanting to do a stain glass window in my living room that will incorporate all of my family initials in an abstact way. …

Redoing Old Church Windows 
I wonder if it is better to use lead came to redo the window, or use the foil method. I am used to the foil method. The piece is 30"x 32" and was originally …

Cleaning Old Glass When Restoring a Panel 
Hello Sue, I am doing quite a bit of restoring door and window panels. de-construcing is straightforward but cleaning the old glass before a re-build …

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