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[Stained Glass Gems] Magazines for the Glass Hobbyist
February 19, 2012

Issue #39 All About Etching

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

Lorisdawn Designs web site has some inspiring work using glass nuggets and gems. I especially like her table lamps with shades. They remind me of the work one of my former students did. She used various sizes of plastic mixing bowls to build her shades on. She covered the bowls with aluminum foil, then stuck the foiled nuggets and gems on using Blue Tack (the stuff used to hold posters on the wall). She soldered everything while it was stuck to the bowl, filling in all of the spaces with solder. Once it was well stuck together, she'd remove the aluminum foil and glass from the bowl, peel off the aluminum foil and finish soldering the shade inside and out. She made one shade out of glass eyeglass lenses and gave it to her opthomologist.

Bogenrief Studios does some amazing work. Be sure to click on Projects, Studios, Jungle Panel, Domes and Ceilings, Available For Purchase, and Different Path, all listed on the side bar. I'm sure you'll be saying "wow" as you look at their work and creativity.

E-Scape Art Glass is the work of glass artist James A. Veenstra. He uses traditional stained glass techniques and then creates three dimensional etched glass scenes using a variety of sand blasting techniques.

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.

Etching Tutorials

Instead of putting the tutorial here, I made a new page on my web site Etching Glass

My tutorial uses etching cream, but I found several other tutorials that use other techniques to etch glass, so I'm including them here.

Lesley Pyke's Glass Engraving shows how to use a Dremel type tool to engrave glass. If you had something very detailed, this would be an excellent way to achieve the effect you desire.

This page shows you how to Sandblast Glass

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 April or May.

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!

Here is a web site you've got to see! They seem to have something for everyone, and the prices are ridiculously low. What I like best are the descriptions of the items. Some of them are just plain hilarious. So...if you want to laugh, as well as get some good deals go to American Science and Surplus By the way, I have no affiliation with them at all. I just thought you'd enjoy spending some time browsing through their huge range of proverbial "stuff". And...there are things, especially in the arts and crafts section, that could be used for stained glass.

When you're looking for something different to make your project unique, have a look at what Zentrum Glass has to offer. Be sure to click on "Products" near the top of the page to see their full line. As you explore their site, you will find more and more unusual glass products, although there are also many things no longer for sale. This Page has some interesting glass and slabs. For anyone that wants to create something out of the ordinary, I'm quite sure you'll find something here.

Another place to find interesting and unique pieces of glass for a project, is at Bullseye's Saturday Glass Bullseye glass casters sometimes get to unleash their creativity, experimenting with colors, textures and rolling techniques. Their creations are called “Saturday Glass”. You'll find sheets of glass that are subtle and interesting, wild and crazy, all the way to absolutely elegant. Have a look at what they make. All of the glass is sale but it comes in limited quantities, so if you see a sheet that you want, you'd better buy it ASAP.

Here's an interesting thread on making your own Soldering iron tips When we had our business in Australia, we made all of our tips, even the ones we sold. The iron clad tips weren't available there. Actually they were very new here in the USA. When we taught soldering, we also taught how to file and tin the tips. As the thread says, you need a soldering iron with a set screw to hold the tip in place. The newer irons, with the screw ring won't work.

Bullseye Glass has Free Online Kiln-glass Lessons for anyone interested in or already does fusing.

Five Sparrows Glass Blog shows an interesting way to cut glass bottles.

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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