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[Stained Glass Gems] Magazines for the Glass Hobbyist
March 18, 2012

Issue #40 All About Cutting Glass

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

Boehm Stained Glass Blog is created by Kathy Lloyd Boehm. She not only shows her work, but also shows how she does her designs and how she assembles the projects.

Studio Watt - Stained Glass is created by Michael Watt. he does stained glass in period design, as well as doing it like it was done back then. His article and pictures on creating successful period stained glass is very informative.

Karen Deets Stained Glass Blog is the work of glass artist Karen Deets. Her work is unique and I especially love Forest Fantasy. In a way it reminds me of the panel I made called Enchanted Forest.

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.

Cutting Glass Tutorial

I get a lot of email asking for glass cutting help. Glass cutting is essential to a well crafted project. If you have trouble cutting glass or just can't seem to "get it" I will give some advice as well as direct you to pages on my web site that should enlighten you.

First and foremost, you must PRACTICE! Glass cutting is a learned skill. Very few people pick up a glass cutter for the first time and confidently make a perfect score that breaks out along the score line. You must practice and practice and practice some more. Practice on scrap window glass. it's easy to cut and when you make a mistake you haven't ruined an expensive piece of stained glass.

When you feel confident enough to start cutting stained glass, get a notebook and keep records of what you had to do to cut each different sheet of glass. Did you as hard as you usually do, or press harder or lighter? How did you run the score? Running pliers, by hand, breaking pliers, Morton glass breaker? Some glass is easy to cut, other glass is more difficult to cut. A particular color from brand A might be easy while that same color from brand B won't be as easy. To see the different types of glass and a list of glass manufacturers where you can look at glass samples go to Types of Glass

One thing you must always remember when you're cutting glass. "That's good enough" isn't a part of a stained glass worker's vocabulary. Your cutting must be precise for your project to go together properly. If it isn't cut right, fix it. If it can't be fixed, cut another piece. If it keeps giving you trouble, cut it out of window glass and approach the cutting sequence in different ways until you have it right. Then cut it out of your stained glass. You will read more about the cutting sequence here Glass Cutting Techniques There are other helpful techniques and a list of impossible cuts on the same page.

This page has a video on Cutting Glass The video is about half way down the page.

Here are 22 Tips and Techniques for successful glass cutting.

Last of all, learn how to use running pliers. They aren't just for running straight lines. You will be able to break out 99% of your scores with running pliers once you know how to use them. To see a video plus how to set running pliers for different thicknesses of glass, go Here

Ebook News

My husband, Dean, has finally finished his ebook Build a Light Box
It is a step by step, with pictures, ebook about how to build a 2' x 4' Light Box, on wheels, with a storage shelf underneath. It would be helpful if you have some woodworking tools and have some woodworking knowledge to pursue this project, but he has written this ebook so in such detail, that anyone with determination could build this Light Box. It is a piece of studio equipment that will serve you well for years to come.

My Light box is over 20 years old and I use it every day. I don't think I could get along without it. I put a large Morton grid on top of the glass and cut my glass on it. The shards fall into the holes and keep my work surface clean. Since the Light Box is the perfect height for me, I do most of my work on it. For instance, without the grid I can trace patterns, with the grid, I cut glass and use the Morton Workshop and the Beetle Bits strip cutter. It's handy to view glass so you can see what the color looks like with light shining through it.

You can find full details about all of my other Ebooks 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
Build a Light Box

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!

The Smith Museum of Stained Glass at the Chicago Navy Pier has an amazing collection of stained glass from every period and by every well known artist. This page shows some of the windows you'll find there. On this page you can see more Windows

Cactus Patterns that can be made and set in real terracotta pots filled with aquarium gravel. What a great gift idea.

Had Enough is a series of 5 stained glass windows shown in the Artists gallery on the Delphi Stained Glass web site. I love the whimsical nature of each window. Kudos to the artist.

You can download the new Bullseye Glass catalog Here Their glass can be used for cold or warm glass work. When you look at the samples you will see two colors for each sample. The top color is what the glass looks like in cold glass work. the bottom color is what it looks like after being fused. Many people are unaware that some glass changes color after being fused, or even made into beads, and they are quite disappointed when they see the unexpected results of their hard work.

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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