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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Someone out there is using XML for something... right?

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October 08, 2002: This Is Your Only Warning
Friend Eve writes over at Don's site:

What timing! We have a window in the new house that is crying out for a SapphireBlue special.. maybe, when you go pro, we can comission a special design from you.

Bless you, Eve, for saying the magic word "commission." Not because I think I'm going to be good enough to take anyone's money anytime terribly soon, but because it seems that stained-glass artists have many "friends" the same way people with pickup trucks have many "friends."

So let's just get this out of the way right now while it's still a hypothetical: if you're thinking of asking me for a stained glass "favor" or two, don't look shocked when I quote you an hourly rate... or when I tell you that your project will take a whole bunch of hours.

Besides, if I do your project before I do all the projects Don's already assigned me, I'm gonna end up sleeping on the porch.

Posted by Michelle on October 08, 2002 08:12 AM

"But... but... we looked in on the cats that one time and we brought you that six-pack of cider! Oh... c'mon, no fair!"

I think fortunately since a lot of us do web stuff and we know we don't go around giving *that* away for free very much, we are more likely to respect the time and effort it takes to put together a large project.

Posted by: Lori on October 8, 2002 01:07 PM

heh. Once there was a website that I built and maintained for free. I quit in a huff in 1996, having learned a Valuable Lesson. Never since, never again.

Posted by: Michelle on October 8, 2002 01:42 PM

How many hours for a stained glass monkey??

Posted by: mike on October 8, 2002 01:48 PM

What, you've moved on from ferrets to monkeys now? I'm so behind the times.

Posted by: Michelle on October 8, 2002 02:08 PM

Not moved, I just figured that monkeys had more universal appeal, I'd want something that displayed well in a great room, you know.

Besides I'm working on a ferret totum pole, wouldn't want them to clash.

Posted by: mike on October 9, 2002 06:15 PM

Oh, but of course. *nods sagely*

Posted by: Michelle on October 9, 2002 08:44 PM

Can you make me a stained glass penis? With a spray of fake pearls shooting out from the tip?

Posted by: jenn on October 10, 2002 07:38 AM

Let me think abou... Okay, no.

Posted by: Michelle on October 10, 2002 08:46 AM

Michelle --

Puhlease... I've done enough "pro bono" work for people that I know how annoying it is. True art is worth what you pay for it.

And for a SapphireBlue Original? Pshaw... NO brainer there. Any fee would not come close to its true value to us. :)

Posted by: Eve on October 12, 2002 10:57 AM

Awh. You say the sweetest things.

What is this "true art" of which you speak? ;)

Posted by: Michelle on October 12, 2002 07:44 PM

I have a customer that keeps asking me for a small cute monkey pattern and I haven't been able to come up with one. I was wondering if there was someone out there that would be willing to share the pattern with me for free. This person is the only one that I will be making it for. I am just starting out in the stained glass business and have not really developed my business. Anything would be appreciated.



Posted by: Ollie on April 13, 2003 10:28 PM

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