Adventures in Dangerous Art
I'm learning the art (or is it a craft?) of stained glass. At this weblog, I record progress, note useful links, and document flesh wounds.


The Art League
Where I took a lead class and a 3D construction class.

Weisser Glass Studio
Where I buy supplies, and where I took a foil class.

Virginia Stained Glass Co.
Where I buy supplies if I happen to be in Springfield and if they happen to have what I want.

Great prices on supplies, a lively and helpful Glass Chat message board, and excellent Technical Tips on stained glass tools and techniques.

Glass Galleries Links List
A list of Glass Chat users who've uploaded photos of their work.

The StoreFinder: Stained Glass Store Front
Lots of articles. Tutorials
Even more articles. Particularly recommended: "Anatomy of a design" and "Wood frames."
Courtesy of Google Groups.

Nancy's Beginner Tips and Tricks
Scoring, breaking, soldering, finishing, and more.

Splinter Removal Tips

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It's a glass cutter.
October 01, 2002: Second Class Session
Tonight I finalized my pattern for my class project. My instructor recommended only one modification, which was to make somewhat shallower a sharp curve on a crucial piece of the project. "That's a big piece for you to have to try to cut a bunch of times," he said. "That's a money piece." You can see the modification in the photo below---to the biggest piece, number 25, of the flower on the left.

Left to right: a 1/16 size full-color printout of my original pattern design (two purple crocuses); my full-scale 18''x18'' pattern traced onto 1/8'' graph paper; a 1/16 size outline printout and color key

Oh, and I bought glass last weekend too.

Three of my selected glasses. There's also a chunk of deep red glass that's so big I didn't even bother to lug it in from the car for class, so it's not pictured here. Lastly there will be a tiny bit of yellow, which I'm hoping to steal from the class scrap bins, as the ladies at the glass shop would laugh at me if I asked for 3 square inches of Spectrum 161RR

Brands and colors are:
  • B1122F Bullseye Red Orange Cathedral Glass
  • GNA3019 GNA Dark Violet
  • GNA4803 GNA Cobalt Blue
  • SP123W Spectrum Medium Green Water Glass
Pattern shears are really cool things. They're three-bladed scissors that will cut out the lines of your pattern for you, 1/16 inch for lead, to allow room for the lead cames with which the individual pieces of glass are assembled. Jimmy, the instructor, says that he was taught to cut his patterns using two-bladed X-acto knives to achieve the same result, which sounds like a real pain in the ass.

I had printed out my Photoshop design, then taken it to Kinko's to blow it up 400% on the Oce blueprint copier. The result of all that enlargement was pretty ugly, so tonight I traced it onto graph paper and will scrap the Oce print. I haven't started cutting my pattern yet, will do so after making an Oce print of the actual-size pattern. Am sort of reluctant to start cutting, the pattern is awfully neat and tidy just the way it is.

Posted by Michelle on October 01, 2002 11:26 PM

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