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 21, 2002: Math I'd've Been Better Off Not Doing
Finished grinding all my edges on all my pieces tonight. There is one piece of green waterglass I will have to recut because the grinder chipped a tiny piece out of one corner. Not sure if maybe it was a bad cut to begin with, or maybe I caught the glass against the grinder head at an angle, or what.

The lead cames I bought Friday night lurked ominously on the basement's cement floor, taunting me as I tried to grind good true edges, exactly to the edges of the glued paper templates. 5/32" face width minus 1/16" heart width divided by 2 sides of the "H" leaves me with a margin for error, in cutting and grinding, of forty-seven thousandths of an inch.

On the left, my lead ''H'' cames. Each side of the ''H'' is a 3/64'' channel where the glass slides in and is later soldered firmly in place. On the right, sturdier zinc ''U'' came for the outside edges of my panel. The channel in perimeter came is bigger, at a whole 1/8'' inch, plus there's a hollow air space whose purpose is... uh... something, I'm sure.

Posted by Michelle on October 21, 2002 11:44 PM

I don't see nuthin' wrong with a little bumpy grind.

Posted by: Don on October 22, 2002 10:05 AM

*laugh* If you knew how hard I resisted my urge to name my "Slave to the Grind" update after that skeevy skeevy song... It's all your fault.

Posted by: Michelle on October 22, 2002 11:20 AM

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