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!

 

 

Polishing with Finishing Compound

The final stage in  copper foil stained glass creation is to polish your work of stained glass art using finishing compound. Take a look at this video to see how to do this:

Polishing your solder seams is a great way to make it gleam, and to keep it protected for years. It’s definitely worth the effort…just make sure the piece is properly cleaned before you attempt this final step. You’ll be pleased with the results!

Foiled Again! Choosing The Right Copper Foil For Your Stained Glass Project

There are so many types of copper foil out there to choose from! It can get a little overwhelming when you are first setting up a studio or starting out with your first stained glass project. So, how do you choose? Take a look at this video, which sheds some light on the mysteries of copper foil shopping for your stained glass art creation…

The main points to consider:

1. Copper Foil Tape Width (7/32″ is standard, 1/4″ is a good choice for thicker or heavily textured glass)

2. Copper Foil Tape Back Colour (Copper, Silver or Black – only important if you are using transluscent/cathedral glass. If you are using totally opaque glass, go for copper backed, which is cheaper and more flexible in application)

3. Decorative Edging (scalloped stuff is available, usually used for fancy edging/decorative soldering on the edges of glass jewelry, picture frames, etc. For regular glass panels, or interior glass lines, just get regular straight copper foil tape).

Happy Foiling!

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!

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

How to Use Ringstar Running Pliers

One of my favorite stained glass tools that I purchased as my first “extra” tool is Ringstar running pliers. Take a look at this video, which explains the difference between regular running pliers and the Ringstar pliers.

Here are a few things to remember when using running pliers:

  1. Always wear saftey glasses when breaking glass.
  2. Always use them gently and sensitively:  if you squeeze too hard with either type of pliers, you will shatter the glass!
  3. Make sure the jaws aren’t shoved in too far. With regular running pliers, put the jaws in about 1/2 an inch, lined up with the score line. With the Ringstar pliers, you are limited to using them on the inside of smaller curves only. You’ll only be able to use them on the edges of large curves.
  4. Double check that you are using them the right way up. Running pliers won’t work upside down. The line on the regular running pliers should be up, and the hole of the Ringstar running pliers should be up. In both cases, the pressure point is underneath the glass, on the non-scored side side of the glass.
  5. You can’t use regular running pliers to break curves. They will only work on straight lines. Ringstar pliers will work on both curved and straight lines.
  6. If the running pliers aren’t working to break your score, don’t over-squeeze the glass. You can try moving the pliers to the other end of the score line, or you can try “tapping out” the glass and then using the running pliers again. If it still doesn’t work, score a new line, using more pressure this time.

Ringstar pliers are available to purchase at most stained glass supply stores. The price can vary, but you can expect to spend $35-$40 for a pair.  In my opinion, they are definitely worth the investment as they will make breaking those concave curves a breeze!