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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February 19, 2003: No-Go Snow Show
I was just too pleased with myself. I was going to be in an art show! Granted, just an Art League student show, nothing fancy, but still, you know, it had been since high school that someone hung up something creative I did for other people to come see, and it was fun then. So when Jimmy called me last week to say the student show was coming up, and my crocus panel was pretty darn okay for something done in a beginner class, and would I like to have it in the show, I was all over it.

Receiving for the show was to have been on Monday. On Monday, there were sixteen inches of snow on the ground, and while it's possible I could have located my car underneath its thick blanket of powdery white, it would have been quite out of the question to drive it anywhere.

Today I called the Art League to ask what the new plans for the show were. It turns out it's been cancelled entirely.

I fucking hate snow.

On the bright side, this means that there is nothing stopping me from whisking my boy away with me to Georgia, weekend after next. I can't even tell you how badly I need to spend a few days in a place where weather like this simply does not happen. The last winter I lived in Atlanta, it snowed exactly once, beginning at seven a.m., stopping a couple of hours later, melting around lunchtime. I was doing freelance work from home at the time and had fallen into the habit of going to bed around dawn. By the time I awoke on the day of the "storm," all the evidence was gone, and I would have been none the wiser but for the excited post-melt chatter of neighbors and newscasters.

Still in peaceful dreams I see
The road leads back to you

Posted by Michelle on February 19, 2003 10:52 AM

Sorry the show was canceled, M :(

Posted by: scully on February 19, 2003 02:17 PM

Very sorry about the show :-( Have loads of fun in Georgia, though :-)

[You'll be back by the Ides of March, though, yes?]

Posted by: Kim on February 22, 2003 12:14 AM

Oh yes :) Very short trip.

Posted by: Michelle on February 22, 2003 10:29 AM

Road trip, road trip! :)

Have a great time!

Posted by: roe on February 22, 2003 11:24 PM

Hi Michelle,
Alicia (loungebunny) sent me to your site. I've been working in stained glass for a few years now, have my own small business as well. She thought we may like to converse. :)

I work only in copper foil... you really took on a challenge with the lead channel crocuses! I don't think my frustration level could handle it. So, I'd like to say "GOOD JOB"!! I browsed through your crocus pictures... crazy fun stuff! I was thinking of adding progress photos to my site since people have a hard time with my prices. I thought it may help explain the hours and hours and more hours involved.

I'd like to offer you a safty tip. One photo you have you are grinding glass with bare fingers. I did that at first and cut the hell out of myself. I started to wear gloves but found them kind of cumbersome, sweaty and a bother to take on and off. So, one day I just cut all the tips of the gloves and put those on. I find it works great just to have them on the thumb and index fingers. Hardware stores carry a good selection of thick rubber gloves. The kind for dish washing are a little to thin and the glass cuts em up rather quickly, but they do work as well. The other finger protectors I just found was at the fabric store... I'm making a quilt and they actually make rubber tips just to help quilters with the fabric. I'll be trying those out on my next project.

My new site ( is still under construction. Visit my old site to see my work. I also have a message board you can visit. :)

And I just LOVE "adventures in dangerous art", that's just brillant!

Posted by: auna (tchroses) on February 26, 2003 01:50 PM

Hope the snow doesn't get in the way of your trip. Have a great time!

Posted by: Josh on February 28, 2003 08:51 AM

How was Georgia :-) ?

Posted by: Kim on March 5, 2003 02:32 PM

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