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[Stained Glass Gems] Magazines for the Glass Hobbyist
May 19, 2013

Issue #53

Welcome to Stained Glass Gems

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 If you send me an email asking for help and don't get an answer, there may be a reason. I send my replies from a different email address than the one you originally used on my Contact Me form. If your email program white lists email addresses, I will get an "Unable to Deliver" email back when I try to send an answer. I can't tell you how many questions I have spent quite a bit of time gathering information so I could give an answer that would help, only to get it back as undeliverable. I don't know how to work around the problem, but I wanted to make you aware of it so you don't think I don't answer emails.

Stained Glass Blogs and Web Sites

Earthglass from Novascoia, has a nice gallery to browse through.

Glass Haunt has a lot to browse through. Click on any of the categories under the word "Labels" on the right side of the page.

This Little Light Stained Glass for the Soul has some interesting pieces to browse through.

Adventures in Dangerous Art goes through the process of building a transom from making the frame to constructing the glass panel and installing it. And...this page shows how to Make a Transom opening where there wasn't one originally

Tips and Techniques

The easiest way to make an accurate template for an odd shaped window is to use the actual piece of glass in the window. If the glass is in one piece (not broken), remove it and place it on some heavy cardboard. Trace around it and use that tracing to draw your cartoon and assemble your window on. If the glass is broken, but in reasonable size pieces, you can tape the pieces together (duct tape works well for this) before you remove them from the frame.

If the glass is too broken to use, or there is no glass in the frame, tape a piece of paper over the opening and rub a soft lead pencil along the edges of the rebate where the glass would sit. Cut out the template and place it in the opening to make sure it fits. Make any adjustments needed. Then transfer the shape to stiff cardboard or something else that's firm and won't lose its shape. Once again, cut it out and try it in the opening to make sure it's accurate. Use the cardboard template to draw your cartoon. Remember that the template is the finished size of your window including your perimeter lead or zinc. If the cardboard template fits in the opening properly, you know your stained glass window will also fit properly.


My next ebook, about lampshade making, is coming along slowly. Hopefully I'll have it done by the end of summer. I ran into a lot of setbacks, including a lady bringing me 4 lampshades to repair. The repairs are done and warm weather is finally here (my studio is unheated), so I should be able to spend more time working on the lampshade I'm constructing for the step by step pictures in the ebook.

Current 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

You can find full details about all of the Ebooks Here

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!

Here is where you can find my Pinterest Page if you want to browse or follow or repin. I now have 878 pins on my stained glass page (and the number is growing every day). There are lots of really nice panels that can cause your creative juices to flow. I have expended my catagories to include other interests of mine. Stained Glass Lamps and Stained Glass Holidays, Stained Glass Mirrors and Stained Glass Window Corners are some of them.

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 June 16, 2013.


"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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