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[Stained Glass Gems] Magazines for the Glass Hobbyist
September 23, 2012

Issue #44

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.

I'm back from my family vacation in Calgary, Alberta. We has a wonderful time and the wedding was absolutely beautiful. However, it's good to be back home and getting busy with my web site, ezines and answering a lot of emails.

Stained Glass Blogs and Web Sites

Please be aware that any of the glass work in these blogs and web sites is there to enjoy, not to be copied.

Theodore Ellison Designs web site has absolutely beautiful windows and panels. He uses plating (a stained glass technique used by Tiffany) in many of his windows to get shading of colors as well as features that could not be obtained any other way. Check out the portfolio for some inspiration and be sure to read his comments under each picture.

Scottish Stained Glass is another inspiring web site. I'm sure you'll enjoy looking at their work. Click on "Gallery" then "Complete Gallery" to see some of their finished windows and panels. I especially like the clear textured glass and bevels used in the house near the bottom of the page.

Tashiro Glass Studio Has 100 pictures of stained glass for you to drool over, as well as 4 pages of technical information. Ichiro Tashiro has always been one of my favorite stained glass artists.

If you know of a web site or blog that you think the rest of this ezine's readers would like to see, please let me know. You can contact me Here


Alternatives to the Products I Use in My
Patina Tutorial

Sudsy Ammonia is also called Cloudy Ammonia. If you can't find it, here's a recipe to make your own.

You will need:
One 12 ounce plastic bottle with a screw on lid
Ordinary Ammonia
Tap Water room temperature or cold
Dishwashing soap (Make sure it doesn't contain bleach)

Fill the 12 ounce plastic bottle with tap water. Make sure the water isn't hot. Hot water causes ammonia fumes to be stronger. Make sure you add ammonia to water, not the water to ammonia.

Pour out a third of a cup of water.

Using a funnel pour 1/3 cup ammonia in the bottle. Then add a squirt of dishwashing soap. Make sure the soap does not contain bleach.

Close the bottle tightly and gently shake until the soap and ammonia mixture are mixed.

Write "Ammonia with Soap" on the bottle and write "Danger...Do not mix with Bleach"

Don't lean over the bottle while you are pouring it. It can burn your eyes, and the fumes are very strong. I have asthma and the fumes make me wheeze. Wear rubber gloves while mixing it. Again, ammonia is strong stuff. It could burn sensitive skin. sure to use ammonia products in a well-ventilated area. Write "POISON" and keep the mixture, and the bottle of ammonia out of children's reach.

If you can't find Mother's Wax, look for any car care wax that is labeled Carnauba Wax.

The White Scrub Pads...use a green scrub pad that is meant to be used on Teflon coated pots and pans. The kind that doesn't scratch. It won't be quite the same as the white scrub pads, but it should do the job. You might need to scrub a little longer and a little harder. Try to find the scrub pads that are not attached to a sponge.

Here are Some Patterns for Halloween

Ghost Crossing
Pumpkin Fan Lamp
Pumpkin on the Vine
Spider and Web Candle Holder
11 Halloween Patterns
Witch on a Broomstick
Cat on a Cauldron
Scarecrow and Crow
Witch with Cat and Cauldron
October Moon
Pumpkin Panel
Crow, Scarecrow, Pumpkins and Apples
Candy Corn
Ghost with Sickle
3 Patterns, Pumpkin, Ghost and Bat

You can many patterns for the upcoming holidays Here


My next ebook will be on making panel lamp shades and will go way beyond what is covered in the lamp shade tutorial on my web site. I will show how to construct tiered lamp shades, crowns and skirts, and how to use reinforcement, spiders, vase caps. It should be ready by February or March 2013. If you have suggestions for anything else you'd like to see in the book, please let me know.

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

A Request

I have a request of you, but first off, a big Thank you for your years of allowing me to come into your Homes and Studios with my ezine, “Stained Glass Gems”. Also, thank you for your support of my "" website.

Hopefully both of them have been helpful and have inspired you to continue to grow in your Stained Glass efforts. The experience is very rewarding for me. As you know, teaching stained glass is my passion.

NOW we want to be even more helpful to each and every one of you. I am saying "we" because this project will also involve my husband, Dean, sometimes know as, “MR” Stained Glass Lady!?

As you may or may not know, Dean has worked with stained glass as long as I have, but his focus is in areas that I'm not as strong in. That makes us a good team. Between us we have 38 years worth of knowledge about almost everything concerning copperfoil and lead with some fusing and a bit of bead work thrown in.

We would like to know what else we can do for you along the lines of Stained Glass. Any ideas, no matter how small, of things that might be helpful to you.

The answer or solution to your ideas should end up helping you and maybe many others. Our job will be to come up with a solution to your questions and ideas. It could be a short email to answer a question, a new tutorial on my web site, a short tutorial in the ezine or a new ebook.

IF you, or any of your Stained Glass friends would be interested in helping us with ideas of what we might be able do for you, please send an email to the following;

Miscellaneous Stuff!

Do you have a Pinterest page? If so, you might be interested in mine. It keeps growing as I find more and more pictures of stained glass that warm my heart (stained glass does that to me!). Here is where you can find my Pinterest Page

Delphi Glass now has in stock Handy Wedges

Handy Wedges which used to be called Wedgies. They've been unavailable for several years. I don't often get excited about a specific product, but these are one of my "couldn't do without" tools, especially when doing 3-D work. I've had mine for probably 15 years and they are still in good condition. If you make boxes, lamp shades, anything else that is 3 dimensional, I highly recommend them. They are also good for standing up suncatchers so you can attach the jump ring, and for elevating copper foil pieces when doing a repair.

If you're looking for a pattern and can't find what you want, Warner Stained Glass has cataloged over 10,000 patterns from books. All you have to do is enter a word in the search box and you will get a description of the appropriate patterns and what books they are in.

Free Frank Lloyd Wright Patterns

Here are Tips on How to Organize Your Workspace from the contestants that entered Delphi's Best Organized Studio contest.

A while back, I gave you a tutorial on drilling a hole in glass. Here's a slightly different twist on Drilling a Hole from Delphi Glass.

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."

Look for your next ezine on October 21, 2012.


"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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