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.
November 11, 2002: Ladies and Gentlemen, We Have a Winner
Fastest. Comp phase. Ever.

No, it's not supposed to be anything in particular. A red cabbage with mutant vine-leaves, maybe?

It started off as a freehand drawing and then was finished in Photoshop. Yes, I did take that Illustrator class last month, but I have not yet seen fit to actually spend four hundred dollars on the software, so.

Challenges or experiments I have built into this project include: working with clear textured glass; using two widths of lead came (3/16" for on-purpose edges, 1/8" for "cut lines" where edges only exist for the purposes of making the project buildable); building with the intention of adding a wooden frame around the panels themselves; tweaking one design to create two end products differing in width by two inches; working with individual pieces up to 14" long; ordering glass sight-unseen from Warner-Crivellaro because Virginia Stained Glass had absolutely nothing that looked appealing for any of the colored glasses when I went scouting for materials today.

The nice people at Spectrum Glass deserve a shoutout for putting big, photographic, eminently usable color chips of all their glass on their website. I've been swiping those images for use in defining Photoshop fill patterns, so all the glass colors/patterns in the image above really do exist... I'll just order what I used to do the comp, and quite likely learn a little something about their chips + my monitor vs. real life. A small gamble, but I like the colors I ended up with a lot, and I know that Spectrum glass is one of the easiest kinds to cut, so I'm sold.

The best thing about this design? It's only 17 pieces. Times three is 51... which is still 18 pieces less than my crocus panel was. I'm hoping this means that construction will just fly by.

You might think that simply shopping for glass would be an activity which would not result in flesh wounds. You would be wrong. I have two or three fresh hairline cuts on my right hand, incurred by just flipping through sheets of glass in the bins. Can't see em, but I sure can feel 'em.

Posted by Michelle on November 11, 2002 05:57 PM

Very nice design. Looks like it should fit in quite well in the house.

Posted by: Josh on November 11, 2002 08:29 PM

Thank you thank you. :)

Remind me, did I offer you money to say that where Don could see? Those are the magic words, fershure.

Posted by: Michelle on November 11, 2002 10:00 PM

Elegant, pretty, ... and 18 fewer pieces!! What more could you ask for ?!? It's a win-win situation, me thinks :-) Looking forward to the work in progress account.

Posted by: Kim on November 11, 2002 10:18 PM

Definitely win-win. I hope, anyway. Right now a major crimp in my plan is an apparent utter lack of online retailers who carry the green glass I want in large enough sheets, if at all... Warner-Crivellaro, why hast thou forsaken me?

S'okay, I *wanted* to spend this week in my car, road-tripping all over the D.C. suburbs on a glass-geek scavenger hunt. No, really.

Posted by: Michelle on November 11, 2002 11:19 PM

Wow. I love the design! Really beautiful.

Posted by: Adrith on November 11, 2002 11:28 PM

The new design made me immediately think of Jitterbug Perfume. I am weird that way...

Posted by: Heidi on November 12, 2002 01:50 PM

Huh. I have never heard of Jitterbug Perfume so I'm just gonna assume that the association is a positive one.

Posted by: Michelle on November 12, 2002 01:56 PM

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