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[Stained Glass Gems] Glass Cutting Tips
March 21, 2010
Issue #16 Glass Cutting Tips
Greetings to all of my stained glass friends, and a belated Happy St Patrick's Day. These Stained Glass 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.
Thank you to everyone that responded to my call for help last month. I am in total awe at the response I got. I have been working my way through the emails and answering each one of them. If you haven't got a response from me, it will come. I still have around 20 to answer. The ideas were wonderful and there were many things I would have forgotten or not even thought of. I know your help will make the information on make my new web site much more valuable to the people that want to learn to do stained glass.
The largest number of ideas were for cutting glass. It looks like a lot of you weren't taught how to cut glass. You were given a short demo then left to your own devices. I have been working hard on the glass cutting tutorial, but there is so much I want to include that it's giving me some problems, so it still isn't ready to put on the web site.
There's so much more to cutting glass than just picking up your glass cutter and running it over the glass. You need to know what will happen when you do this or that, why does it work better this way than that way, how different glasses respond to the glass cutter, etc. That's why I don't advocate using a grinder while my students are learning how to cut glass. If they think they can run over to the grinder and fix every problem area, they'll never really learn how to cut glass.
I thought it would be interesting to find out what you use, from around the house, to replace tools or supplies for your glass work? For instance, some people use old record racks or old dishwasher racks to hold square foot pieces of glass. I use a dowel to burnish foil, and wooden clothes pins to hold small pieces when I'm edge beading. So...what do you use?? Let me know at Contact Me. I'll publish the results in the next ezine.
I'll be attending the Glass Craft and Bead Expo in Las Vegas, April 9 and 10 (but will be in Vegas from April 1st through the 11th). Going there was not in my plans for this year and the opportunity came up suddenly, so I'm scrambling to get things wound up before I leave in less than 2 weeks. If any of you will be there, let me know and perhaps we can get have a "Free Patterns" get together for a chat or even a meal. You can email me at Contact Me.
This is a "totally unrelated to stained glass" web site that I enjoy. I know that many of you do other crafts, as well as stained glass, and I think you might have fun with what The Toymaker has to offer.
Here's the latest Score from Spectrum Glass. It includes several nice Easter patterns.
Have a look at Robert Oddy's web site for some unique patterns, plus a free pattern to show you what the patterns and instructions guides are like.
Working With Lead eBook.
Since there is occasionally some confusion, I want to clarify that an eBook is an electronic book that is downloaded on your computer. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to be able to read it and/or print it out.
Delphi Stained Glass Supplies is a place where I have bought supplies online and over the phone for many years. Some very helpful people work there, and I recommend Delphi as a reliable place to order your supplies.
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 17 on Sunday, April 18th.
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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