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.

 

Safety Tips for Stained Glass Creation

Working with razor sharp glass, hot metal and corrosive chemicals is all part of the stained glass creation experience. Keeping your health and well-being at the forefront of your creative act is of the utmost importance each and every day you work with glass. Take a look at this video:  7 Stained Glass Safety Tips.

Tip #1: Suit Up – wear your safety goggles.

Tip #2: (Don’t) Stay Up – stay focused when working with glass. Never work when you are tired.

Tip #3:  Scrub Up – be sure to wash your hands free of any lead, glass dust or other toxins after a work session, and anytime before eating or drinking during a break.

Tip #4:  Sweep Up – keep your broom and an empty container handy, and get in the habit of keeping your work area shard-free.

Tip #5:  Stock Up – keep a well-stocked first aid kit close by for accidental cuts and burns. They will happen!

Tip #6:  Open Up – make sure you are soldering in a well-ventilated environment.

Tip #7:  Wait Up – learn to be patient during and after soldering. Remember, hot solder looks just like cold solder, and hot glass looks just like cold glass. If you aren’t sure, give it a few more minutes to cool before touching the glass.

Follow these safety tips, and you’ll be much more likely to have a long and enjoyable time working with this beautiful craft.

 

Resizing a Stained Glass Pattern

When you find a pattern or image you love, and want to turn it into a stained glass work of art, you’ll soon come across a tricky little obstacle called scale. Without a good method for resizing, you can start to feel like Alice in Wonderland (Too big! Too small!)  Take a look at this video, which explains a few different methods you can use to get your stained glass pattern design to the exact size desired:

If you are searching for an online proportion wheel, take a look at the handy Proportionator. It gets extra points for the geeky name!

For a simple-to-use and affordable pattern resizer, check out the Rapid Resizer. I’ve downloaded this software, and found it has some great features:

 

  • Free trial use
  • Quick and easy to use
  • Comes with 100 free patterns
  • Has a simple but attractive glass colouring feature which allows for easy and quick colour pre-visualization of your finished piece
  • One-button colour/no colour for quick printing of the lines only
  • It automatically “tiles” or “clips” large patterns into letter-sized sheets so you can print the whole thing out easily at home.
  • When you resize, the line thickness doesn’t increase, so your patterns are great in any size (and, as the website points out, you use less ink!)

Download the Rapid Resizer for free here.