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[Stained Glass Gems] Magazines for the Glass Hobbyist
May 20, 2012

Issue #42

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.

Stained Glass Blogs and Web Sites

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


Decorative Soldering

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.

Decorative Soldering

More Decorative Soldering

Comments About Last Months Tutorial

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."

Oops, I didn't mention the burnisher that I always use when foiling. I use a roller for all of my foil work, but mine is a small wooden wallpaper seam roller Like This, not the one made specifically for stained glass. They are cheap and last forever. I've used the same one for at least 20 years.

And here's a very helpful tip: "Tin your wire before winding in a coil to make loops for hanging."
Now why didn't I think of that!

Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Ebook News

The Repair ebook is finally done!
You can read about it and/or order it Here

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
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!

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 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

Stained Glass Patterns and Tutorials

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