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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It's a glass cutter.
October 09, 2002: Homework
After taking some time to ponder my options, I decided that I needed to have a shop-vac ASAP so I could start doing some cutting at home. So after yet another trip to Home Depot, I came home and had my way with my Dark Violet glass. There were only four pieces to be done there, but very curvy ones, whereas most of the green pieces were all straight lines. Plus two of the Dark Violet pieces have shapes that end in long, skinny dagger-points, the cutting of which was giving me some trouble last night at class. No matter, things went well tonight, and even better, there is no bloodshed to report.

Finished Dark Violet pattern pieces, and resulting scrap.

Below is a photo of my Dark Violet glass, reflecting a bare light bulb that hangs over the work bench area in the basement. You can see the texture of the glass here---have you ever dragged the tip of a butter knife through a pan of raw brownie mix, and watched a little indentation trail form in its wake? That's sort of what this glass looks like. Subtle, really neat.

Photo of the texture of the DNA 3019 Dark Violet glass.

Lastly, a bonus photo of Don wreaking havoc upon the living room using the blower attachment on his, I mean my, new toy:

You should have seen the mess of papers we had to clean up about 15 seconds after this photo was taken. This sort of thing is probably why we lose invitations to wedding parties.

Posted by Michelle on October 09, 2002 11:43 PM

You know, I had never given much thought to stained glass until now. I mean, I think it's very beautiful, but I never thought to ponder what exactly is entained in order to produce the piece; I particularly never gave thought to the glass cutting aspect.

Anyway, just wanted to say that I am fascinated by your journal of your adventures in a dangerous craft. And yay for finding a safety solution to protect your kitties.

Posted by: jenn on October 10, 2002 07:36 AM entertaining and educational. Like PBS, only less so. Good times!

Posted by: Michelle on October 10, 2002 10:04 AM

I love the picture of the cats you posted at Glass Chat. Especially the look on Protein's face: "You brought that .. THING into my house?"

Posted by: Adrith on October 10, 2002 02:14 PM

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