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 24, 2002: Eight Steps Forward, One Step Back
Leaded eight more pieces tonight.

15 pieces leaded, 54 to go.

Maybe I'll regret all the work I plan to have done by my next class session. Wouldn't it suck to walk in, show the instructor what I've done, and have him say, "That's great but that piece three rows in is all wrong, you need to take it apart to that point and redo"? Still, I won't be able to leave it alone for four whole nights. No way. Even though there's a couple of gaps at my joints which I know are pushing the acceptable limit.

Unanswered questions of the night: If you have a lead line that's straight until it angles off at twenty degrees or so, is it advisable to bend your lead to fit, or to cut and fit two separate pieces? What if the angle is more than twenty degrees? And what's the best way to bend lead to achieve some degree of exactitude, especially with angles as opposed to soft curves? How much "wiggle," exactly, is permissible between pieces, to be filled in by solder later? Whose bright idea was it to design lead clippers that cut one side of the came in a straight line and the other in a 45-degree point? All this and more will have to wait for Tuesday.

Something I did learn tonight: It's a good idea to restrict access to your glass workshop to people you really, really love. That way, when they fumble and break one of the pieces which you've already cut and ground, then soaked off and trashed its paper template, there's some chance they will survive to tell the tale.

I'm not naming any names, but his URL is

Posted by Michelle on October 24, 2002 11:01 PM


Posted by: Don on October 24, 2002 11:43 PM


Posted by: Michelle on October 24, 2002 11:49 PM


Posted by: Josh on October 25, 2002 08:41 AM

Ooooooooh, I don't know who(m) to sympathize with more!!

*poor kitties*

Posted by: Kim on October 25, 2002 08:51 AM

Kitties? confused..

Posted by: Michelle on October 25, 2002 11:09 AM

Seriously, I felt like such a dumb-ass for breaking that piece. It's the kind of thing I'd have done when I was 8, and received a right proper beating for.

Still waiting for my beating.

Posted by: Don on October 25, 2002 01:12 PM

No beating, my dear. You Shop-Vac'ed the mess and mounted my lead vise for me so we're square.

Although I'll probably bitch and moan REALLY loudly when I re-cut that piece again :D

Posted by: Michelle on October 25, 2002 01:36 PM

I decided to side with the kitties, 'cuz that seemed to be a neutral party. And 'cuz they may have been traumatized by flying shards of glass.

Posted by: Kim on October 25, 2002 03:42 PM

Ooooh, I see. Nah, our cats are (just slightly) tougher than that... and as for flying shards, this sort of thing is exactly why I bought the Shop-Vac prior to commencing any at-home glasswork. I don't think the basement's ever been so clean.

Posted by: Michelle on October 25, 2002 05:18 PM

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