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[Stained Glass Gems] Magazines for the Glass Hobbyist
December 15, 2013
Welcome to Stained Glass Gems. It's almost here and people are in a shopping frenzy. I hope you have your stained glass gifts done or almost done by now. I always find it satisfying to give a "homemade" gift that is really appreciated.
Tulip Mirror One year I gave every family member a mirror (the same pattern, different colors) that have become family keepsakes. That's an idea for you if you are still trying to figure out what to make. They don't take that long to make.
Here's the pattern. Due to technical difficulties it doesn't show the length properly, so you will have to extend it just by cutting the pattern in the middle (width wise) and adding a few inches. Tulip Mirror The actual dimensions of this mirror are 6 3/4 inches wide measured from the tips of the outside petals, and 12 1/4 inches long from flower tops to the bottom of the leaves. This pattern is not proportional (due to technical difficulties), so if you use a resizing program, make sure to put in both dimensions when it asks for height and width.
If you don't know how to work with mirror, you can find a tutorial Here
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.
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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.
Atelje Vitraz stained glass studio has some amazing work. Many of the pieces have close up pictures of special details.
Here's a Slide Show on Youtube of work from the Torr Lith Stained Glass Studio.
Glass Illusions has over 100 pieces to look at and to give you ideas for your own creations.
I don't often give you links to Etsy, but Glass by Olimpia has done someme magnificent work using Alfred Muncha as her inspiration. They are well worth looking at. Enjoy!
For any of you that are in to bead making, this Video from the Corning Museum of Glass is an excellent tutorial on making glass buttons. I'm sure you'll enjoy all of the techniques she teaches in this. The quality and the information is as good as any DVD you would buy.
Cleaning your finished copper foiled panel after it has been patined. The Dichroic Glass Man shows how to go one step farther than we usually do.
See the entire process of making a Charles Rennie Mackintosh Mirror done with lead came.
This is a great tutorial on Easy Decorative Soldering Techniques by Delphi Glass Creative Center.
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: Christmas Other Holidays (Thanksgiving,etc) Angels 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 Reinforcement Repair Build a Light Box You can find full details about all of the Ebooks Here Some of my ebooks are available as actual books, Make a Stained Glass Kaleidoscope is now available as a paperback book at Amazon.com and as a Kindle Book Make a Box With a Hinged Lid is available as a paperback at Amazon.com and is also available as a Kindle Book
My Pinterest pages are Here. 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!
Four tips to Make Your Stained Glass Pattern a Work of Art are good and worth looking at if you design your own patterns.
This Pinterest page has a lot of Art Tutorials for those of you that paint or draw. There's also a tutorial for making a stained glass pattern.
Go to SmartFlix.com 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 pattern...it's beautiful and something I know most of you would love to make.
Best deals in art glass supplies Delphi 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 January 19, 2014.
Whatever holiday you celebrate this season I do wish you a joyous one. I celebrate Christmas, so I'll say Merry Christmas to everyone that celebrates it too.
There are often "right answers" and "more right answers" for stained glass techniques. The one that works for you is the one that is most effective.
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