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[Stained Glass Gems] Issue #006
June 21, 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

Narcissus Quagliata has been one of my favorite stained glass artists for years. Be sure to watch the 4 min video. You get to it by clicking on the last little picture under the big picture on the opening page. I found it to be absolutely fascinating.

If you are inspired by his work, do a search for his book "Stained Glass from Mind to Light". You will only find it used, since it is no longer published. I have it in my library, (I've had it since it was first published in 1976) and often go to it if I need a source of inspiration.

One year I held a class for some of my advanced students. They worked on a community service project, two windows for a nursing home. They used the book as their source of inspiration, then designed and constructed the windows. The teamwork was amazing and they built two unique and beautiful window. I'm so sorry that I no longer have any pictures to show you.

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

Useful Tutorials

Glass For Stained Glass is where you can learn all about the glass used for stained each type is made and it's uses. Most informative.

Glass Terms and Definitions This isn't actually a tutorial, it's a list of Stained Glass terms and definitions that are very useful, especially for newbies (or anyone else) that doesn't understand stained glass lingo.

Let's Chat

StainedGlassville Forums is a group of forums for anyone that works with glass using any technique...cold, warm, hot, torchwork, or mosaics. It's one of the older forums on the web and has just been redone to a new and easy to navigate format.

Where To Get It

So many people email me asking where they can get the #98 white scrub pads that I use to clean copper foil panels and apply patina. A visitor to my web site said she found them on the internet but couldn't remember where she found them, so I did a search and found them here White Scrub Pads. You get 20 in a box, which will last you a long time. I always cut each pad into quarters, sometimes smaller yet, so you're can actually get at least 80 pads if you cut them up. I have searched for them many times before now and always came up with nothing, so I'm assuming they are a new product that True Value is carrying.

Tips and Techniques

How To Sandwich Items Between
Two Pieces of Glass

Here is my technique for Sandwiching items between glass. You can use plain glass, bevels, one bevel and one piece of glass, actually just about anything glass you can think of. I have used glue chip for the back piece and clear GNA for the front piece, a bevel for the front and clear GNA for the back. Whatever you use, it always looks nice.

I made myself a flower press, and I press flowers from my garden to put between glass. I have seen photos, wedding announcements, lace, anything you can think of that you might want to display, put between glass. It makes a personal and unusual gift. One thing to note, if you use pressed flowers, do not hang them in direct sunlight. The flowers will bleach out within a week.

Sandwiched Flowers

This piece was done 10 years ago and never hung in direct sunlight.

Some of the flowers have still bleached out, but it took years for it to happen.

How to Twist Wire
Cut off a length of copper wire, 12 ft or so, and fold it in half. Put the loose ends in the chuck of an electric drill and tighten the chuck. Put the loop end over a tightly fixed nail on your bench. Move away from the work bench until the wire is pulled out straight. Start the drill, running it slowly, and your twisted wire will form itself. Stop when it is as twisted as you want. Release and cut into sections as needed.

In The Works and Completed Work

The How To Make a Light Box eBook is close to completion and should be ready by the next newsletter.

"Make a Box With a Hinged Lid" is done, and ready for sale. Read about what is included in the book and how it will simplify box making. It comes with a free gift if you order in the next 30 days. "Make a Box With a Hinged Lid"

Miscellaneous Stuff!

I must apologize about the kaleidoscope forum I recommended last month. Apparently they aren't such a friendly group after all. I received this email the other day: "FYI: The Kaleidoscope forum was not very friendly about new members joining their group or viewing their web-site. I received a message as to why I wanted to view it. I answered in reference to your newsletter and explained my interest. I never got the password and they didn't answer my 2nd request. I thought you'd like to know." If anyone else had problems with them please let me know.

I have a request of you. Do you have or know of any active stained glass blogs? The type that gets comments and has at least two or more posts a week? If you do, would you please tell me about them? I'm thinking of featuring blogs in the next ezines, but I haven't been able to find any, that fit the criteria, and I've spent quite a bit of time searching for them. If you know of any, you can tell me about them Here

Ask Sue For Help is a feature on my web site that some of you may not be aware of. It gives you a place to ask questions about any problems you're having with your stained glass work. Your question is answered on the same page where you ask it. You will get notified when it has been answered. Anyone reading the question is welcome to add comments if they feel so inclined (and I do encourage your comments).

I occasionally ask for help answering a question if it's something I'm not familiar with or if I think there are people that have had similar problems and have come up with a way to solve it. Actually, here's a question that I got yesterday, that I do need help with, Hanging a Zinc Framed Panel. If any of you are able to help with an answer, I'd sure appreciate your input. You can write your answer in the "Comments" section, just below the question. By the way, you can remain anonymous if you don't want to display your name. Thanks for your help!

There are separate pages for copper foil questions, lead came questions, patina questions and general stained glass questions. Each category becomes a FAQ for that topic. It's a good place to go to if you're having a problem. You might find an question and answer that is exactly what you need.

Have a look at How-To DVDs You're going to find hundreds of "How To" DVD's for rent. They have some very interesting stained glass tutorials which can be found 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 is mailed out the third Sunday of every month. Be on the look out for [Stained Glass Gems] Issue 7 on Sunday, July 19th.

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."


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