Crunching the Numbers: the Investment Cost of Making Stained Glass

If you are thinking about getting started in stained glass as a hobby or part-time business, you are probably wondering how much it costs to get set up and purchase your tools and materials. What is the real investment, and what is the usual return? While there is no exact magic number due to fluctuations in metal prices, the quality of tools that you choose to purchase, and the type of glass that you work with, there is a good approximation that can be made assuming that you can purchase good (not bad, not the best) quality beginner tools and materials.

Take a look at this video, which outlines how to turn a $15 square foot sheet of stained glass into $1440 of income. Sound too good to be true? The REAL costs are revealed to help you decide whether or not you can afford to invest in stained glass. Get ready to crunch some numbers.

A final caveat:  The $15 to $1440 conversion assumes that you make every cut perfectly. While it is possible, who among us is perfect? Certainly not me! I usually buy 1/3 more glass than I think I’ll need, and when I started out I practiced cutting on free window glass and mirror. The more you practice, the more accurate your cuts will be on your purchased beautiful art glass.