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 22, 2002: Get the Lead Out
Busted ass Friday night and last night in order to get all my grinding done so I could begin leading tonight at class. There was no time over the weekend proper---among other things, our friends Kim and David got married in New York, so we took the train up to help them celebrate. Congratulations, you two, and many wishes for a long happy life together: if you can compromise on wedding-reception formal vs. jeans, you can get through anything.

I finished the grinding last night at about eleven. Spent much of tonight's class washing templates and glue from my glass pieces. V-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y: one piece at a time so I could renumber each piece immediately, directly on the glass. Then I found out that the edge strips of wood on my workboard weren't square, which is what I get for just assuming that the schmoes at Home Depot can cut a straight line in plywood. So I managed to pry up one of the edge strips and its nails and re-assemble---without the benefit of a hammer, even.

And then---and then---I started leading.

The first seven pieces of my crocus panel are now in place. I'm totally psyched. Also: a great big nerd.

Incidental note: spotted a tiny jar of Mark Stay in my instructor's toolkit tonight. That answers that question.

Posted by Michelle on October 22, 2002 10:39 PM

Thanks, Michelle :-) We look forward to seeing you guys on your turf some 3-day weekend soon.

(And shockingingly, there was never any compromise to be made on the attire. We just let each other be on that one. The desesrt, however, is another story ... I *still* wish we'd also served that pine nut vanilla custard!)

Posted by: Kim on October 23, 2002 07:43 AM

On a you-related note, it's really exciting seeing the pieces coming together with the leading. I can't tell yo how impressed I am with this -- I'd have surely lost patience with the whole endeavor back around cutting piece #10 of glass ;-)

(Those are some ferocious looking nails, btw -- you could kill vampires with those things!)

Posted by: Kim on October 23, 2002 07:47 AM

Piiiine nuts. I'm still curious about how they'd work in custard myself.

The nails are horseshoe nails. Which is to say, they go in horses' hooves. Ouch ouch.

Posted by: Michelle on October 23, 2002 10:08 AM

There's that unspoken Homedepot wood cutting rule of only having to be within an inch of the proper measurements.

Thats why their race cars are always getting fined.

or something.

its looking darn good so far though, yet another thing I want try now.

Posted by: mike on October 23, 2002 04:26 PM

Wow! Seeing even just a small piece of the picture coming together is so cool. I can only imagine how exciting it is for you, assembling this after all the work that you've put into it.

It looks great!

Posted by: Adrith on October 24, 2002 09:44 AM

It's actually starting to look like, you know, a thing, instead of a pile of funny-shaped pieces of glass.

Posted by: Michelle on October 24, 2002 10:25 AM

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