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[Stained Glass Gems] Issue #005
May 17, 2009

Stained Glass Gems
Issue #005

Welcome to Stained Glass Gems. These 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 have a long list that I will share with you over the months ahead. I do hope that there's a gem or two that will brighten your day and be helpful during your stained glass journey.

"Web Site of the Month"

Stained Glass by Kirby Louis Rivest. All of his work is beautiful, but you must have a look at his Three Dimensional Works (the whales). I've never seen anything done quite like that. It should inspire many of you to try your hand at designing something that would incorporate that technique. My head is full of ideas. I just need to find the time to do it!

Do you know of a web site that you think others would enjoy? Let me know about it here.

"Useful Tutorials"

How to Make Glue Chip Glass gives you all of the instructions necessary to make your own glue chip glass. This technique would be useful if you have an out of the ordinary glass that you want glue chipped.

Although this isn't a tutorial as such, you can have a look at what it involves to do Glass Painting. It is an art all in itself and takes a long time to learn everything necessary to be any good at it. However, it does open up a whole new dimension for the serious glass craftsman.

"Let's Chat"

Kaleidoscope Builders Knowledge Base is a forum for anyone that likes to, or would like to, make kaleidoscopes. I've spent some time there, and have found a very helpful group of kaleidoscope enthusiasts. The forum covers all kinds of kaleidoscopes, so if you're interested in stained glass scopes, do a search (there's a place at the top of the forum home page) for stained glass kaleidoscopes. I love making kaleidoscopes. Each one is unique, and I've never met anyone that hasn't been delighted when they look through one.

Where To Get It

Brass embellishments always give a unique look to a lamp, a box, even a panel. If you're looking for something out of the ordinary, you will find a huge variety of them here: Fancifuls Brass Charms. Scroll down to the third row of items to begin viewing there enormous range of embellishments.

You can get Bronze Wool from your local Ace Hardware. You might have to ask them to order it for you, but they can get it and they don't charge shipping if you pick it up rather than having it sent directly to you. Ask for "fine grade" stock #123100. It is less expensive than buying it from a stained glass shop (and very few carry it).

Tips and Techniques

Using Bronze Wool
The uses for bronze wool in the stained glass studio are numerous.
  • Bronze wool does not leave a residue like steel wool does, and you can use it anywhere you would use steel wool.
  • It does not scratch glass.
  • It can be soldered. Some patterns (especially some Tiffany lampshade patterns) use large areas of solder as part of the design. It takes less solder and less trouble if you fill in the gap with bronze wool before you start filling it with solder.
  • It quickly removes permanent marking pen and paint pen marks from your glass.
  • If you need to remove patina from a copper foiled project, rub the solder seams with bronze wool. The patina comes off easily.
  • After you remove the patina, you can rub the solder with the bronze wool to make it shiny.

  • "In The Works"

    "Making a Stained Glass Box With a Hinged Lid" is close to being done. It didn't get done in a month as I predicted, but it is close. As I said last month, you will be the first to know when it's ready. It's full of easy to do techniques for box and hinge making.

    The Making a Light Box eBook, being done by my husband, is coming along but it will still be several months before completion. He's been set back with a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. We're now waiting for a date for surgery.

    "Potpourri" (a fancy word for miscellaneous stuff!)"

    If you can't think of anything else to make, perhaps something for your computer would satisfy your glass working obsession!

    A Decorative Soldering Class will be available on Saturday, June 6th for anyone that lives near, or wants to travel to, Allentown, PA. You can read about the details Here. Click on "Classes" at the bottom of the navigation bar on the left side of the page.

    Decorative soldering takes copper foiled piece from ordinary to one-of-a-kind without much effort. Here's a picture of a box lid I made for my eBook. You will see that I used both decorative soldering and a brass embellishment.

    Angel Box

    SmartFlix has something new that looks very interesting. They have created a Glasswork University, and a Lampwork University (Bead Making).

    Each one is a complete program, of 135 DVDs for Glassworks and 83 DVDs for Lampworks, from the most talented artists and craftsmen in the field. They ship you 3 DVDs per month - you get to keep them as long as you want, with no late charges! When you're ready for more, mail those DVDs back to them, and they'll send you the next 3 DVDs (you get up to 3 new DVDs each month). Have a look, or see what else they have for the glass worker at Glass

    Do you need a Pattern Resizer or a Design Program? I can highly recommend Pattern Wizard and Rapid Resizer. They are reasonably priced and you get a fairly long free trial before you have to commit to paying for them. You have the option of buying one or the other or both.

    Just in case you don't know, the Stained Glass Gems ezine will be mailed out the third Sunday of every month. Be on the look out for [Stained Glass Gems] Issue 6 on Sunday, June 21st.

    I want to encourage you to be creative, to try new things, to experiment, and most of all, have fun.


    Stained Glass Patterns and Tutorials

    If you have comments, suggestions, questions, or just want to chat, this is where you can Contact Me.

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