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[Stained Glass Gems] Magazines for the Glass Hobbyist
March 20, 2011

Issue #28

Greetings and a belated Happy St Patrick's Day to all of my stained glass friends. 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 do hope that there's a gem or two that will brighten your day and be helpful during your stained glass journey.

Stained Glass Blogs and Web Sites

The blogs and web sites I feature cover a variety of subjects and techniques. Some of the techniques will be different from the way I have demonstrated in my tutorials, but that doesn't mean that either their's or mine are the right way or the wrong way to do it. It's just another way of getting to the end result. I hope you enjoy the following blogs and web sites and perhaps learn something new.

Vicki Leigh Studios is an old blog that has nothing published since September, 2010. However, it features pictures of some of her work including Easter Crosses. Keep scrolling down to the bottom to see everything on the page.

Mimi's Stained Glass Interesting use of Power Lines and other "things" for her designs. Make sure you click on the blog archives to see the other "things".


Due to many questions about overlay recently, I'm giving you the Overlay Tutorial again. It was featured 20 months ago, so many of you probably didn't see it.


I've only done this one overlay (the picture on the left) in my entire stained glass career, I'm not the one to be showing you how to do it. However, I have found quite a few web sites and tutorials that will be excellent help for you. Enjoy!

All of these web sites will show or tell you how various artists do overlay. Everyone has a slightly different technique and their overlay styles differ. They will give you a broad spectrum of ways to approach overlay, and they will inspire you to try it. I know I'm ready to do more overlay work!

Anne Ryan Miller Glass Studio be sure to look at her Metal Overlay's a great source for inspiration. To find it, click on the second leaf on the bottom row. And Here is a brief description of how she does her metal overlays.

b>Here's how to do it:
How To 1 and How To 2

Also, here's a Slide Show well worth looking at. Tony Banfield shows his overlay techniques and how to make wire trees for overlay. Tony posts on quite a few forums. I have come to know him through the Warner Stained Glass forum.

Robert Oddy's The Anatomy of a Commission Robert talks about a custom design he did with copper overlay. There are pictures showing how he does it. It's an interesting article to read, full of good information about making a stained glass window.

Miscellaneous Stuff!

I was enquiring about the availability of the Score Board and Wedgies from the company, Emerald Rainbow, that makes them. Here is their reply: "I really appreciate your support of our products. However, The Emerald Rainbow ceased all operations as of 12/31/10. All of our inventory was sold to our customers. You can check Delphi and Glass Crafters online. Several distributors may still have some of our stuff. While it was a very difficult decision to make about closing the business, many factors entered into it other than just dollars and cents. We do miss it but it had to be."
So...the sad reality is that we will no longer be able to get any products made by Emerald Rainbow :-(

Do you have any stories to tell about your experiences working with stained glass...funny, sad, embarrassing, something that made you proud, or something you'd like to forget ever happened? There now a place, on my web site, to tell your stories. You can find it at Stories to Tell

You can find full details about all of my Ebooks Here
The books available are:
Make a Box With a Hinged Lid
Make a Kaleidoscope
Learn the Copper Foil Technique
Learn the Lead Came Technique
Frequently Asked Questions About Patina
Frequently Asked Questions About Copper Foil

Two companies that I do business with, and recommend, are Wholesalers USA They carry lots of bits and pieces that we use in stained glass work. They have beach glass, gems, marbles, adhesives, jewelry supplies, etc all at very good prices.

And...for my drawing supplies, Dick Blick. If I need it, I know they'll have it and it will be good quality. Have a look at what they carry.

Classique Antique Brass Patina from P. Kay Metals is now back in stock. This is my favorite patina and one that I used to recommend on my patina page until they discontinued making it. I know it's available at Warner Stained Glass and I assume other suppliers are either now carrying it or will be soon.

Delphi's Online Art Glass Festival starts March 1st. Get busy cutting, assembling, soldering, etc so you can get your entries in during the month of March. It's open to all skill levels, all types of art glass, and there are thousands of dollars in prizes to be awarded.

Go here to see pictures of the current entries Delphi's Art Glass Festival

This is one of my favorites from the "All Items" section on Delphi's web site. I love the flow and gracefulness of the lines.

Go to How-To DVDs to find hundreds of "How To" DVD's for rent. If you want to learn how to do it from drawing a picture to repairing a car, it's available on one of their DVDs. They have some very interesting stained glass tutorials that can be found at Glass

Best deals in art glass suppliesDelphi 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.

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.

Although Robert's patterns aren't for beginners, I know there are a lot of you that are very capable of working with them. These patterns will make your skill level grow by leaps and bounds and you'll learn new techniques that you won't be taught in any classroom. Have a look at what he has to offer and download that free's beautiful and something I know most of you would love to make.

Just in case you don't know, the Stained Glass Gems ezine is mailed out the third Sunday of each month. Be on the look out for [Stained Glass Gems] Issue 29 on Sunday, April 17th.

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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