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."
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Nancy's Beginner Tips and Tricks
Scoring, breaking, soldering, finishing, and more.

Splinter Removal Tips

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It's a glass cutter.
September 14, 2003: Only In Maryland
Shiny! But clawed and menacing!

This ten-foot-long stained glass crab lives, it should not surprise you, at Baltimore/Washington International Airport. There is a page about the crab, courtesy of the State of Maryland, which is full of broken images, and there's a joke to be made here about Governor Ehrlich's budget cuts or something but forget it. The page says the glass crab weighs 400 pounds, and contains 5000 pieces of glass. He has apparently been the subject of at least one custody battle, though with a happy ending.

The crab's home is in a non-secured part of the airport, which is fortunate for you, because it means you can just drive up there and look at him if you like, without having to have a plane ticket, or having to let airport security staff steal your cherished, engraved butane-jet "retirement lighter" from you, as recently happened to me at LAX. Despite the fact that the list of permitted and prohibited items at the Transportation Security Administration's website specifically says that they are allowable. Bastards.

Summary---behemoth glass crab: good; inconsistently applied and seemingly haphazard security rules that make me cry at the airport: bad.

Posted by Michelle on September 14, 2003 10:55 PM

You should ask them if they could contract you to build him a friend, like a giant version of the sparkly bug you made.

Posted by: Linda on September 15, 2003 03:43 PM

I can't imagine what kind of headache thinking in 3d like that would give me. Very, very cool.

(At the very least, beats the heck out of cheap "Old Man of the Mountain" souvenirs which is about as cultural as the Manchester NH airport gets.)

Posted by: Adrith on September 16, 2003 11:27 AM

Wouldn't an "Old Man of the Mountain" souvenir now basically consist of a little pile of rocks and dust?

*ducks, runs*

Posted by: Michelle on September 16, 2003 02:21 PM

The state police managed to arrest those guys before they got too far with the rocks. ;) Now we're stuck with postcards, magnets, thimbles and spoons.

Posted by: Adrith on September 16, 2003 10:31 PM

Dang. Thats a crab of Harryhausen proportions!

Posted by: mike on September 21, 2003 11:16 AM

The funniest thing about BWI being the Crab Central that it is... is that Baltimore has reportedly the highest STD rate in the US. Something to ponder. ;)

Posted by: Shelbi on September 25, 2003 01:58 PM

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