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[Stained Glass Gems] Magazines for the Glass Hobbyist
October 21, 2012

Issue #45

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

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

This Web Site is in Polish, so you won't understand much of it (unless you speak the language). However, you don't need to know Polish to appreciate the work they are doing. It is a fun web site with lots to see. There are videos as well as still pictures. I became acquainted with David, the owner of the web site, quite a few years ago, when he emailed me asking for permission to translate my web site into Polish so his friends could use the tutorials.

I don't know what else to say about this web site. The name speaks for itself! Nerd Glass

Simply Stained Glass Blog a good blog for design ideas.

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


Tips and Techniques

The easiest way to straighten copper wire is to put one end in a vise and grab the other end with a pair of pliers and pull. This will both stretch the wire a little and straighten it. This is the same principle used to stretch lead. In both cases be sure to brace yourself, to prevent a fall, in case the wire or lead breaks (and I'm living proof that it can happen).

Here's a tutorial for cutting a circular border in one piece (yes, it can be done!)
Circle Cutting Demo

Last month I featuired a web site where the artist used the plating technique. I received a few emails asking what plating was and how it was done. Here an article written by a group of people that went to a lecture, given by Robert Oddy, about Plating

Patterns for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Chanukkah

Pumpkin Window Corners Leave off the face and you'll have nice pair of Thanksgiving window corners.

Pumpkins and Corn

Acorn Cluster

Thanksgiving Cornucopia

Christmas Candle Shelter/Votive

Candy Cane Panel

Christmas Eve Candle

Creche center piece

Creche end pieces

10 pointed Chanukkah Star

Star of David

You can find many more Christmas patterns Here
Chanukah patterns Here
and Thanksgiving patterns 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

Miscellaneous Stuff!

Thanks to everyone that decided to follow my Pinterest page. I was amazed at the number of Stained Glass Gems subscribers that have a Pinterest page. I had fun looking at everyones page and repinning some of your pictures. Here is where you can find my Pinterest Page if you want to browse or follow or repin.

For anyone that makes table lanterns, here's an Alternate Way to make the base.

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.

This video is from Corning Glass gives the History of Iridescent Glass

Here are 111 free suncatcher and panel Patterns, by Donna Roberts, that you can download on your computer. They come as a PDF file so you will need Adobe reader or Sumatra Reader in order to download them.

Here's some good advice about Taking Pictures while constructing a panel. It helps you avoid making mistakes.

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 November 18, 2012.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!


"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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