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

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