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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.
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.
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 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.
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
My husband, Dean, has finally finished his ebook Build a Light Box
You can find full details about all of my other Ebooks
Ebooks available are:
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.
Go to SmartFlix.com 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 pattern...it's beautiful and something I know most of you would love to make.
Delphi 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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This is where you can Contact Me
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