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April 17, 2011

Issue #29 Making Rainbow Gems

Greetings and Happy Easter 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.

Stained Glass and More has a lot of panels to look at, all listed by their style, for instance: Art Nouveau, Floral, Arts and Crafts, etc.

Gale Obler: Stained Glass She makes unique tiffany style lamps, pyramids, card holders, night lights and windows.

Anne Fannie's Green Acres is not a stained glass blog, but she made a panel using her husbands 1962 Chevy Corvette as the model for her design. It's something you car buffs might enjoy seeing.


Rainbow Gems are something that are fun to make. I've put the instructions in a PDF file for you. After reading it over, I see that I left a few details out, so here they are:

When you foil the nuggets, use as narrow a foil as possible. I use 1/8" foil. If you don't have narrow foil, split a wider piece down the middle. You only need foil wide enough to just wrap over the edges of the nugget. If the foil is too wide, it covers up too much of the nugget. Nugget edges are extremely smooth preventing the foil from sticking well, if at all. Give the nuggets a quick zip around the grinder, or use a carborundum stone to rough up the edges.

A square bevel can be used if you don't have diamonds. Turn it so the points are top and bottom, making it look like a diamond.

Rainbow Gems Tutorial


New Patterns for Spring and Easter

Nautilus Shell Pattern

Miscellaneous Stuff!

Get Venture Foil, Creative Clusters, Wissmach Glass, Engraved Bevels and Inland Grinder Bits at Delphi's BOGO 50% off sale.

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

Turning Jelly Jars to Jewels

Kentuckian's stained-glass art gets world's attention. Very interesting article for anyone that gets frustrated trying to design a window.

Join us at the sixth annual American Glass Guild Conference in Asheville, North Carolina, July 22-24th, 2011. Asheville is just around the corner.

Conference Fees - Register by May 31st for lowest rate: $320 for Members ($380 non-members). After May 31st it is $380 for Members ($430 for non-members). Students - $250. Fee includes special viewing of Tiffany Exhibition from Neustadt Museum of Tiffany Glass at Biltmore House. Workshops and tour have additional fees.

Registration Form

Hotel - Crowne Plaza Resort, Asheville, North Carolina: call 888-233-9527 through July 14th. Book now! We have a limited block of rooms. Once they're gone, they're gone.

Three-Day Fusing Workshop - July 18-20th- with Brad Walker, author of Contemporary Warm Glass
Pre-conference Workshops - July 21st and morning of July 22nd - Glass painting, glass mosaics, conservation gluing, Photoshop. There is limited space and classes are filling up. Ensure your spot!
Free Drawing Class - just let us know on registration form that you'll be attending
Post-conference Tour - July 25th - Day long tour of significant stained glass, $50 fee includes lunch and bus
Members' Exhibit - 18"x20" maximum size with frame. Sign up by May 15th: Exhibit Chair, Barbara Krueger (
Members' Slide Show - Members - send up to seven slides of current work (design, conservation, etc.) by June 30th to: (Jpeg format, 1024x768 pixels, name and title on file)

See how Dichroic Glass is made and understand why it's so expensive.

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 30 on Sunday, May 22nd.

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."


Stained Glass Patterns and Tutorials

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