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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November 05, 2002: Home Stretch
I started soldering my crocus panel tonight at class, and finished one side.

Which means it's finally solid enough to hold vertically. Which means I can finally see what it looks like backlit.


Sadly enough, I've decided I don't like the colors. They are a bit much, and it turns out that the Cobalt Blue isn't anywhere close to the Dark Violet when you put it up to the light---the Dark Violet lets a lot more light through, which changes the color match considerably. But whatever. My first-ever work of stained glass was never going to be mistaken for high art.

Also. There is a word for what my soldering work looks like, and that word is "ass." Again, I'm not too knotted up over it, one can't expect to be a genius with the soldering iron the first time one picks it up. But yick. Definitely thinking I'm going to patina the lead black; unless I'm wrong that would be matte black so my soldering clumsiness will be less glaringly obvious.

For grins, here's what the panel looks like turned over:

Looks all crookedy.

Lastly: did I call it or did I call it? I burned myself tonight. Tried to pick up and flick away a little ball of solder which had dropped onto my glass and dried there, succeeded in doing so before realizing that the little ball of solder had not, in fact, actually dried yet. Now the very tip of my right index finger stings pretty emphatically. S'okay, though; just very recently my daily requirement for typed output has dropped way off.

There are two class sessions left before my class is over. I think I may have someplace else to be Tuesday after next... so I'm going to try my best to finish up the panel next week. I'll solder the second side before the next class, then at class will do puttying and the one last step of "whiting" which basically consists of scrubbing the panel with chalk powder, reasons for which I did not catch.

At that point I'll bring the panel home, leave it alone for a day or two to let the putty set up nice and solid, and then patina it in the basement. Our class doesn't cover patina work, so I'm on my own there. But slapping black goo over my lead with a cotton ball doesn't sound too tough. She said, with uncharacteristic optimism.

After that? A copper-foil class as the first step toward working my way up to building lamps... and, at home, beginning design work on some transoms, before my sweetie puts me out of the house for failing to fulfill my home-improvement responsibilities.

Posted by Michelle on November 05, 2002 11:27 PM

Michelle, that is an excellent first piece, though from the second shot I can see what you mean about the color match. I began working with stained glass in college and actually have a full stained glass studio at home to this day though it's been a few years since I've made anything new. Other interests take up my time now, but I miss it. There's something very peaceful about working with glass.

Btw, I "found" you again via a series of links at MeFi, which I've belatedly come to learn that you've left. I'm sorry for that, your voice was distinct and (I think( very necessary there, and the community (such that it is) is the poorer for the loss.

Posted by: Dreama on November 6, 2002 06:56 AM

The color match thing is odd... when the panel isn't backlit, the Dark Violet is the darker color; when it is, the Cobalt Blue is. That doesn't show up so much in the first picture, but when I got it home I held it up to the light to show Don how off the colors are and he made his very most diplomatic "hmm" sound, so that cinches it for me.

I'd bet other interests take up your time (as I recall there's a lot that goes on Chez Dreama). My instinct is to be jealous of your unused studio but on the other hand, taking over the workbench in the basement has worked out really well for me so far :)

As for MeFi... thanks for the kind words, but I miss it less than I thought I would, so it was definitely time to go. I'm saner now. Plus, I was recently awarded my first moderation points... it felt like a big warm hug.

Posted by: Michelle on November 6, 2002 11:35 AM

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