Stained Glass Summer Fun!

Stained Glass Summer Fun!

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.

Have fun!



How to Choose the Right Glass Cutter

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 FletcherStudio 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!

Making Your Stained Glass an Act of Love

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!



Stained Glass Must-Have Tools and Materials

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
  • Masking tape
  • Glass ashtrays
  • Glass jars
  • Vaseline
  • Permanent markers (black and silver)
  • Chemical brush
  • Old toothbrush
  • Rags
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Cellulose Sponge
  • Q-Tips
  • Nitrile or thin latex gloves
  • Handheld dustpan/broom

Section 2:  Chemicals & metals that need replenishing

  • Glass Cutter Oil
  • Grinder Coolant
  • Flux
  • Patina for lead or zinc (black or copper)
  • Neutralizing solution or a mild detergent
  • Finishing compound/wax
  • Copper Foil
  • Solder (60/40, 50/50 or lead-free with silver)
  • Copper Wire
  • Steel Wool
  • Lead or Zinc Came (if framing)

Section 3:  Investment Tools

  • Glass cutter
  • Grozing pliers/Grozers
  • Running pliers
  • Grinder & bits
  • Soldering iron, iron stand & sponge
  • L-Square
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Metal cutters/nippers

How 11 Stages of Stained Glass Can Transform Your Life

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:

  1. Design your glass/Design your life
  2. Create your pattern/Schedule your goals
  3. Choose your glass/Assess your skills and talents
  4. Cut and break your glass/Break down or examine your goals and existing skills
  5. Grind the edge of each glass piece/Refine your goals in a detailed way
  6. Wrap each glass piece in copper foil/Introduce support for your goal
  7. Solder your pieces together/Begin to merge your goals with your everyday life
  8. Frame your stained glass piece/Add larger structures to support bigger goals
  9. Clean away the flux/Clarify what you need in your life and remove what you don’t
  10. Add patina to age the solder/Add your own unique zest to your daily life
  11. 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!