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[Stained Glass Gems] Magazines for the Glass Hobbyist
June 16, 2013

Issue #53

Welcome to Stained Glass Gems and Happy Father's Day to every Dad out there.

Oops...My apologies for spelling Nova Scotia wrong in last months ezine :-(

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.

Don't forget...there will not be an ezine/newsletter sent out in July or August.

Stained Glass Blogs and Web Sites

Touch of Color has many gallerys to browse.

Peter Mollica creates amazing contemporary stained glass windows. You can learn so much from looking at his work...his designs, use of lines, colors, use of glass. I hope his web site will start your creative juices flowing.

Anne Ryan Miller Glass Studio does beautiful work in all areas of stained glass. Hover your mouse over the leafs on the bottom row at the top to see the catagories that you can browse through. Be sure to look at her metal overlay.

Tutorials, Tips and Techniques

Do you have trouble cutting a circle? Here's a great tutorial (it's the way I've been cutting circles for years and it works like a charm). There's also a tutorial on how to cut a circular border in one piece (yes, it can be done!)
Circle Cutting Demo

This is a short tip, but useful if you are doing copper overlay. Some people prefer to work on the overlay somewhere other than on the actual glass. A piece of marble is a wonderful surface to work on. When it's finished, the overlay peels off easily and is ready to apply to the glass. I recently found a piece of round marble that appears to have been an insert for something (perhaps a cheese tray). I got it for $2.00 at a garage sale. It's 12" in diameter and will work perfectly for doing overlays and solder sculptures.

Fusing and Slumping Tutorial Glass Fusing is another area of glass work that is very addictive. Fused pieces can be used in a panel and give that panel a look that you could not get with just copper foil or lead alone. This web site has a fusing and slumping tutorial for anyone interested in warm glass. It gives a pretty good explanation of the process, using a question and answer format. Once you have read it all, you should have a basic knowledge of fusing and slumping. This is not just for beginners; anyone that fuses and has questions will probably find an answer.


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. There are lots of really nice panels that can cause your creative juices to flow.

An entire Pinterest page devoted to stained glass Work Areas/Studios

And here are Tips on Setting up Your Stained Glass Workshop

This is an interesting, time lapse Video showing the construction of a leaded panel from start to finish. There are other videos on the site that might be of interest to you. Most of them are time lapse

For those of you that own a G2 Bottle Cutter and can't figure out hoe to assemble it and or how to use it, here are two videos that will help you. How to Assemble the G2 Bottle Cutter
How to Use the G2 Bottle Cutter

Go near the bottom of This Page to see some designs done in the early 1900's.

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 September 22, 2013.

Sue Spire

"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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