When was the last time you gave yourself permission to play? Now that summer is here, why not get a little playful with your stained glass? Take a look at this video challenge to add some levity to your stained glass art:
I’d love to hear about your creations! Feel free to post ideas below, or share images directly on the GeekyGlass Facebook Page.
When you are starting out in stained glass, the variety of tools and materials can be overwhelming! Where to start? Today’s post is all about how to choose the glass cutter that is right for you. Click on the video below for details:
Some of the brand names that I mentioned in the video were Toyo, Inland and Fletcher. Studio Pro and Glastar are also well-known as makers of stained glass tools, including cutters. (Note my error in the video: Weller is more well-known for making soldering irons, not cutters). These brands, as well as others, can be purchased at your local stained glass supply store. If you don’t have one nearby, take a look at this post on some of my favorite stained glass suppliers.
Remember – great glass cutting is all about even pressure. Start with practicing on smooth window glass, and work up to cutting textured glass once you feel good about scoring on the smooth stuff. Practice makes perfect!
Take a look at this video to see how stained glass creation can improve your love life:
Four points to consider:
Love your subject (if you want to create a piece about robot elves because you love robot elves, go for it!)
Love your community (what charity would you enjoy gifting with a small piece of glass as a fundraiser?)
Love your relationships (who would you love to spend an afternoon crafting with?)
Love yourself (treasure your creative time alone)
If you’d love to take a stained glass class with someone, now is the perfect time! Book with a friend or love by February 14th and you’ll save $100 on a beginner’s workshop for 2 people! For more info, see this post.
Who would you love to take a stained glass class with? Post your comments below. I’d LOVE to hear them!
Are you wondering what types of tools and materials you need to get started in stained glass? Take a look at this video, which outlines all the basic tools and materials required (other than glass!) to start up in this craft. It may be less than you think!
The 3 Types of Tools & Materials You Need to Get Started in Stained Glass:
Section 1: Around-the-house items
Two copies of your pattern
Wooden framing board
Permanent markers (black and silver)
Nitrile or thin latex gloves
Section 2: Chemicals & metals that need replenishing
Stained glass is a beautiful craft with many rewards, but did you know it can also help you to reach your big goals in life? There is great value in looking closely at the 11 stages of stained glass creation, and applying it to your goals for the new year!
To hear how stained glass can make this your best year ever, watch the video below: “11 Stained Glass Steps That Will Help You Reach Your Big Goals”.
The 11 stages are:
Design your glass/Design your life
Create your pattern/Schedule your goals
Choose your glass/Assess your skills and talents
Cut and break your glass/Break down or examine your goals and existing skills
Grind the edge of each glass piece/Refine your goals in a detailed way
Wrap each glass piece in copper foil/Introduce support for your goal
Solder your pieces together/Begin to merge your goals with your everyday life
Frame your stained glass piece/Add larger structures to support bigger goals
Clean away the flux/Clarify what you need in your life and remove what you don’t
Add patina to age the solder/Add your own unique zest to your daily life
Wax and polish your final piece/Add systems that will give longevity to your goals
Are you at a stage in this process? What are your BIG goals for 2013? I’d love to hear about them – post your thoughts in the comment section below. Remember: writing your goals down makes them more likely to come to fruition!