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[Stained Glass Gems] Magazines for the Glass Hobbyist
January 22, 2012

Issue #38 All About Overlay

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.

On this page of Diane's Glasswork blog you'll see pictures of her Metal Overlay. It fits right in with the tutorial below.

The Stained Glass Express has 36 very nice free patterns. In the description of each pattern you need to click on the word HERE to download the pattern. You also have the option to buy a complete kit containing all of the materials necessary to make the project (that's what the price is for...the patterns are FREE).

ADK Design has some wonderful wildlife and nature panels that would inspire any stained glass hobbyist. Don't forget about the copyright laws...these designs are "eye candy" only, they can't be copied.

If you know of a web site or blog that you think the rest of this ezine's readers would like to see here, please let me know. My contact information is near the bottom of the page.


I've had quite a few questions about Copper Overlay recently, so I thought it would be a good idea to cover it again. Most of the following information was in an ezine well over 2 years ago, so for some of you it will be a refresher, while the rest of you will be learning something new.

Rather then writing a tutorial, I will send you to various web sites that either show their work or give directions for doing it.

All of these web sites will show or tell you how various artists do copper overlay (or a variation of it). Everyone has their own unique approach to overlay and their styles differ as well. Through these web sites, you will find a broad range of techniques to do overlay. I hope they will inspire you enough to give it a try.

Anne Ryan Miller Glass Studio's Metal Overlay Gallery is the first place to get inspired. Click on each picture to see the overlay. It's quite incredible. Most of her work is done on a single piece of glass that she has carefully picked for each project. That's why it's so important to go to a stained glass supplier and actually pick the glass yourself rather than getting it online. And Here is a brief description of how she does her metal overlays.

Here are Three different techniques showing how to do it: How To 1 and How To 2 and How To 3

To read a discussion on copper foil overlay, go to this thread on the Stainrf Glass Town Square Forum.

A Slide Show well worth looking at. It shows Tony Banfield's overlay techniques and how to make wire trees for overlay. Unfortunately, Tony passed away last year. He posted on quite a few forums and was always giving detailed explanations in answer to a question. I came to know him through the Warner-Criv forum.

These overlays were done by James A Veenstra Awesome work!

Robert Oddy's The Anatomy of a Commission 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. If you want to buy detailed instructions for doing overlay, Robert also sell some of his patterns. His instructions are incredibly detailed. The Koi pattern features quite a bit of overlay. Buying His Patterns would be a good way to learn how to do overlay.

Finally, here are some great pictures of Copper Overlay and a Brief Description of how and why it's done.

I do hope this information will help to answer any questions you might have about overlay.

Ebook News

My next ebook, in the works, is all about repair for both copper foil and lead came. I thought it would be done by the first of the year, but unfortunately it won't be ready until sometime in March or April.

You can find full details about all of my otherEbooks Here

Ebooks 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

For those of you that have inquired about my ebooks being available as actual books, Make a Stained Glass Kaleidoscope is now available as a paperback book at and as a Kindle Book

Make a Box With a Hinged Lid is available as a paperback at and is also available as a Kindle Book

Miscellaneous Stuff!

New Free Tools from Rapid Resizer. They include a Photograph to Pattern Converter, an Online Text Stencil Maker, Resize Patterns up to 3 Large pages (then you can subscribe to unlimited enlargements for $12.00 a year), and Save Ink printing PDF's. I have not tried any of these, so I have no idea how well they work, but I did want to let you know that they are available.

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

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.

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.

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."


"I want everything we do to be beautiful. I don't give a darn whether the client understands that it's worth anything, or that the client thinks it's worth anything, or whether it is worth anything. It's worth it to me. It's the way I want to live my life. I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares." ~ Saul Bass

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