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April 27, 2014

Issue 62 All About Working with Mirror

Welcome to all stained glass enthusiasts. 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, 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.

Margo Crane has some beautiful stained glass pieces to browse through. Her designs are copyrighted, so please don't copy them. However, they can give you ideas for your own designs.

I don't often share a Pinterest page for your browsing pleasure, but this person has made some unusual pieces that will make you think outside the box. Day Woods

Diana Cole does some very colorful stained glass work. Hold your mouse over "Stained Glass Home Page" at the top of the page to browse through the various categories.

For all of you with an appreciation for fish and and sea life, this web site should keep you full of ideas Wild About Glass


Working With Mirror

There are two types of mirror. Ordinary double strength mirror glass also called second surface mirror, and front surface or first surface mirror. Front surface mirror is very expensive in comparison to regular mirror. Front surface mirror is often used when making a kaliedoscope, but not in ordinary stained glass work, as it is quite easy to scratch.

According to Wikpedia, A first surface or front surface mirror is a mirror with the reflective surface being above a backing, as opposed to the conventional, second surface mirror with the reflective surface behind the glass.

For stained glass work, use ordinary mirror glass, but don't use mirror tiles. The backing on mirror tiles scratches and peels off easily. It is best to get your mirror glass from a stained glass supplier or a business that deals in window glass.

To learn how to work with mirror I'm sending you to my web site where you will find the tutorial Working With Mirror as well as a few mirror patterns that I designed.


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

Some of my ebooks are 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!

Recycled Glass Art looks interesting. Another area on the same site shows what can be done with recycled Glass Bottles

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 creativity a jump start. I have added several new boards to make it easier to find exactly what you're looking for. Enjoy!

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 May 18, 2014.


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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