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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October 30, 2002: A Stained-Glass Window Into My Future
The stained glass world is abuzz and agog with enthusiasm and anticipation for the just-announced Battlefield Glass 3 competition.

This is where people with lots and lots of spare time on their hands engage in a stained-glass-building contest that runs five rounds and seven months, done tournament-style, with a Grand Prize of a $1500.00 gift certificate good for purchase of stained glass supplies (what else?).

I found the website for Battlefield Glass 2 a while back and browsed through it, marvelling at the time people put into this thing and at the incredible level of kitsch displayed in some of the entries. To be fair, the rules of the contest require the use of special "theme items" sent to each participant in each round; if the theme items are tacky that's just very sad because if you don't use them you get disqualified. Still, I had expected some level of ironic self-awareness of the utter arts-and-craftsiness of such an endeavor from, if not the deadly-serious participants themselves, then from the contests' onlookers. My expectations have proven groundless.

It occurs to me that I am not the target demographic. I'd love to know the median age of stained-glass hobbyists, for one thing. There came a moment of recognition for me this week when, upon starting to read The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, I encountered on the third page the character of an old retired guy who keeps himself busy by playing with stained glass. It's left me wondering if this is how aging begins: you wake up one day and realize you're 26 years old with a sincere and abiding interest in shuffleboard... or polyester highwater pants... or Big Band music... or building stained-glass baubles in your basement. Also: many cats.

Posted by Michelle on October 30, 2002 02:08 PM

At 30 I'd decided bocce ball was the way to go. Somehow I missed the stained glass year of life but I'd like to try. Although I'd need something minor, and easy, like stained glass drink coasters or something.

Posted by: mike on November 1, 2002 01:27 AM

Copper-foil suncatchers are prolly the way to start small. (The lead technique that I've been working with is more suited to windows and door panels and like that.)

For example, here's an orca whale that looks to be about six pieces. And it's still pretty cool. Or maybe that's just my opinion; I am looking for a good excuse to try out some black stained glass soon :)

Posted by: Michelle on November 1, 2002 10:45 AM

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