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[Stained Glass Gems] Magazines for the Glass Hobbyist
May 20, 2012
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.
Please note that there will not be an ezine in either July or August, but there will be one next month. July and
August will be a busy two months for us with our family.
The Garden Web Stained Glass and Mosaics Forum. I have found that it covers mosaics more than stained glass, but when I was doing mosaics I found it to be very helpful.
Wet Canvas has forums for many area work. I
go to this forum frequently when I'm making beads. The tutorials are excellent. It's a fun web site to explore.
Stained Glass Story is a blog written by Theresa ? (I couldn't
find her last name). I love the dog she designed from a picture on the front of a catalog.
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. You can contact me Here
I have had some enquiries about decorative soldering. I have done some over the years and enjoy it. It's not difficult, and it gives any foiled piece an unique look. I found these two tutorials on YouTube and thought you might learn something from them.
I had mentioned that liquid or gel flux works best for copper foil. Here is a comment about flux:
"For what it's worth, I have found the Canfield paste flux very good for my copper foil work. I am an irregular amateur,
and have tried the liquids and gels, but I have found the paste best for me."
This comment is in regards to burnishing foil. "I read you "gems" today and notice that you did not mention using one
of the rollers supposedly designed for burnishing foil. Perhaps you can comment on this. I do not use one but have
seen others using one."
And here's a very helpful tip: "Tin your wire before winding in a coil to make loops for hanging."
Thanks to everyone who contributed.
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This is an interesting Box Pattern
I can imagine how different it would look using other color combinations or all different clear textured glass. It looks like a fairly easy box to make.
Here's a place where you can Resizing Patterns Online
A nice idea to for your plants. Make a Spring Mosaic Flower Pot
I've had enquiries about where to purchase copper wire. The following two places have a good range of sizes and sell it in different
amounts, depending on what you need.
Copper Wire This wire is much cheaper, but you have to pay
shipping, handling and insurance. This is where I get my wire. Unfortunately, I don't remember what they charge for shipping.
It's been a long time since I've placed an order and I no longer have an invoice to refer to.
More Copper Wire This wire is more expensive but the price includes shipping and handling.
And, if you want to twist wire for decorative edges, angel halos or whatever reason you need it for, this tool works great. Morton Wire Twister
I've had one for years and it's indispensable. Mine had twisted many yards of copper wire.
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."
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