Back to Back Issues Page
[Stained Glass Gems] Magazines for the Glass Hobbyist
October 20, 2013

Issue #56

Welcome to Stained Glass Gems. Well the holiday season has started. I saw a Facebook post the other day saying that the stores were now featuring HalloThanksMas items. It's so true. You can walk into any shopping center and buy stuff for any of the upcoming holidays. So my friends, it's time to get your glass cutters out and start making sun catchers, decorations and gifts. I'll try to give you some ideas in this ezine issue.

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.

By the way, all links are working at the time of posting this ezine. If you're having trouble opening a link to another page, try a different browser.

Stained Glass Blogs and Web Sites

Please remember the importance of not copying the designs you see in the following blogs and web sites. Copyright laws must be adhered to.

What fun Alison at Alison's Stained Glass must have creating her glass artwork with found objects.

Neile Cooper has some delightful pieces to browse through. I really like the tree fillers. They would make a unique present.

Speaking of whimsical, Nachtrab Glass Studio does a lot of their work using nuggets/jewels/gems (whatever you want to call them). Check out their gallery to see what they make. You'll get some great ideas.

Bobette's has some interesting work to look at. I like her window fancies, and the box sets are quite unusual (in a good way!). There's a lot to look at on her web site. Don't copy her work, but get some ideas for presents.

Getting The Best Out of Your Glass

This Is Important
When you are buying glass for a project, you should keep a record of the manufacturer and color code for each glass you use. That information will be most helpful if you need to order more glass or repair a piece later on. You should also keep notes about how each glass cuts, any tricks you learn about cutting it, and which side you cut it on. All of this information will help you in subsequent projects. If the manufacturer and color code aren't on the glass, ask for it

If at all possible, buy your glass from a local supplier rather than ordering it online. Every sheet of glass is going to be a bit different unless it's a solid color. Once you get into using streaky/mixed color glass, you will find that each sheet differs from slightly to a whole lot.
The supplier buys the glass in a sheet that is approximately 2 ft wide by 4 foot long. They cut it up into square foot pieces. Depending on how the colors were mixed, you will find a huge variation from on end of the large sheet to the other end. Once it's cut into square foot pieces, sometimes you wouldn't even know that they came from the same sheet. If you want consistency in streaks, or you need the streaks to look a certain way, it's much easier to pick the glass out yourself rather than relying on someone grabbing sheets of glass off a rack in a warehouse. You will find some online suppliers that will try to pick what you want, like Delphi, but it's still easier to pick it yourself.

When you're choosing glass for a panel you might need to buy 2 pieces of the same color and only use a small amount from each piece just to get the effect you're looking for. The person that fabricated this beautiful panel certainly made an Awesome Choice of Glass especially for the flower. As far as I'm concerned, everything about this panel is perfect.

Think about how true to life This Beautiful Panel would look if the flower petals had been cut with the lines/stripes going in a natural direction instead of crosswise. The same goes for the leaves. By the way, my apologies to the person that made this panel. I love it and I'm not trying to be hurtful. I just want to show other stained glass artists how they can get the best out of their glass by being aware of natural direction.

Holiday Patterns and
Pictures of Finished Work

You can find Patterns From my Web Site:
Christmas Patterns
Other Holiday Patterns
Any other patterns
From my Pinterest Pages:
Other Holidays (Thanksgiving,etc)
Stained Glass Jewelry


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 the Pinterest Pages that I created. You can just browse or follow or repin. There are lots of really nice stained glass pieces that can give your creativeness a jump start. I have added several new boards to make it easier to find exactly what you're looking for. Enjoy!

If you are looking for copper foil wider than 1/4", have a look Here or Here

Justina Blakeney Blog has pictures of some awesome glass vessels that hold water and can be used for plants, fish bowls or anything else you fancy. There aren't any instructions, but they look simple enough to make, especially if you have a look at my Water prism instructions to get some ideas for construction techniques.

Kokomo Opalescent Glass has a series of videos that might be of interest to you. They are about how they make the various types of glass in their factory.

A tutorial for Drilling a Hole in a glass bowl, jar, etc.

This is a just for fun web site. I was searching for ways to use wine and other large glass bottles and came upon This Web Site What an incredible way to use bottles and end up with a "green" house. Now that's what I call recycling on a large scale! Here are More Bottle Houses

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 17, 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

Stained Glass Patterns and Tutorials

Go here for Back Issues

This is where you can Contact Me

Back to Back Issues Page