How Stained Glass Can Get You To Space

Stained Glass Earthrise by Renate Pohl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a passion for space exploration? Have you ever dreamed that you could go to space? Take a look at this video to find out how stained glass can help get you to space, and to hear about how YOU can launch your art (stained glass or other) into space.

Seats on the upcoming course are limited.  For priority notification, email:  info@geekyglass.com with the subject heading “Space Art Course”.  If you are a creative person wanting to explore your inner spirit, create art and get it into space, you won’t want to miss this opportunity!

 

Setting Up Your Stained Glass Workstation

What kind of a workstation do you need when setting up to begin crafting in stained glass? Actually, you don’t need much at all. There are only two main considerations – take a look at this video to see what they are:

Do you have any thoughts about your experience setting up a stained glass workstation, or do you have any tips to share? Post comments below!

 

Stained Glass Soldering Iron Care and Maintenance

One of the challenges of stained glass crafting for beginners is achieving smooth solder lines. Unless you have a clean soldering iron tip, your solder simply will not co-operate to flow smoothly. One of the BIG mistakes I first made was to try and sand down my soldering iron tip with steel wool in order to clean it. Never do this! Instead, take a look at this video for tips on how to correctly care for your soldering iron:

  • Lead or lead-free? Keep them separate!
  • Use a cellulose (not plastic) damp sponge when soldering.
  • Only have the iron on when you are actually using it!
  • Tin the tip frequently, and especially before turning off the iron.
  • Remove the tip occasionally (the size is on the end of the tip if you need to replace it).
  • You can also purchase a “tinning block” (sal-ammoniac) to clean your tip. This is available at most stained glass suppliers.
  • Make sure that you have a sturdy stand to hold your soldering iron in place.
  • For more extensive info, see the Inland Soldering Iron Tip Care and Maintenance webpage.

 

Targeting your Stained Glass Market

This week’s video is coming to you on location at Sci-Fi on the Rock 7! If you are wondering where you might be able to sell your stained glass, or have been considering how to market your stained glass creations, this video may help:

Remember, think outside the box and be creative with your marketing, but focus in on the  people who may appreciate your glass. There are more places to consider than just Farmer’s markets and holiday gift shows. If you are on the right track and making what you love, marketing your glass should be fun!

Which audience would enjoy your glass? Who is your target market and where do they hang out? Post your answer below.

 

 

Sci Fi On the Rock 7 Stained Glass Deals!

GeekyGlass will be selling stained glass pieces and gift certificates this weekend at the Sci-Fi convention, Sci-Fi on the Rock. Purchase a stained glass class gift certificate this weekend in person at Sci-Fi on the Rock 7 and you will receive $75 off a beginner’s or extended class – your choice! Plus HST is included! It’s a great chance to purchase a class at up to 50% off so dress up as your favorite superhero or sci-fi character, and head over to the dealer’s room at the Holiday Inn to grab a great deal!  Here are the details:

  • Beginner’s workshop: Sale price  $75, regular price $150 plus HST
  • Extended (15 hr) stained glass classes: Sale price $275, regular price $350 plus HST
  • Location:  Sci-Fi on the Rock 7, Dealer’s Room at the Holiday Inn St John’s, NL
  • Hours:  The Dealer’s Room is open Friday 2pm-8pm and Sat/Sun 9am-6pm

Okay, dressing up is optional, but it is fun! Here are some of the other great deals on stained glass items that will be available:

Teeny Mini Tardises:  Sale price $20, regular price $30

Teeny Mini Tardis Pendant – Lead Free

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Mini Daleks:  Sale price $20, regular price $35

Mini Dalek Ornament – Battle Red

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mini Yodas:  Sale price $15, regular price $25

Mini Yoda Lead Free Pendant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solar System Pendants:  $10

The Solar System Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sci-Fi Mix-N-Match Pendants: $10

 

 

 

 

NEW! Framed Stained Glass Postcard from Saturn $50

 

 

 

 

 

Framed Cyberman Tondo:  Sale Price $100, regular price $135

Cyberman Tondo

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW! Stained Glass Lightsabers:  $10

lead-free lightsabers


 

 

 

 

 

See you at Sci-Fi on the Rock!

 

 

6 Cost-Cutting Tips for Stained Glass Creation

Setting up in stained glass takes a bit of a financial commitment at first when purchasing your tools and materials, but there are a few things you can do to save money while making beautiful glass. Take a look at this video for 6 tips on how to be a smart with your cash while crafting:

  • Tip #1. Use scrap glass.
  • Tip #2. Use liquid dish detergent.
  • Tip #3. Make your own hooks.
  • Tip #4. Stock up on sale metals.
  • Tip #5. Take care of your equipment.
  • Tip #6. Plan your supply shopping allowance.

Do you have any other tips on how to save money while making stained glass? I’d love to hear them! Comment below, or share them on the GeekyGlass Facebook page today.

 

 

 

Stained Glass Magic and Chaos

Have you had a particularly busy week of scrambling to meet deadlines and working too many hours? The creative process can sometimes get overwhelming. Even if you aren’t currently working on an artistic project, we all know what it feels like to be buried under a ton of work, or feel like we have too much to do! There are some lessons to be learned from stained glass that can help us find magic that will help us through the chaotic times:

Here are the three magical qualities of glass:

  1. It glows from within
  2. It moves and transforms light
  3. It reflects

Can you see these qualities within yourself? If so, you’re on your way to finding magic within the creative chaos.