Let the Sun Shine In – Stained Glass


A glorious day with the sun shining bright in the sky is very heartwarming and soothes the soul regardless of whether it is summer or winter. The warmth that the sun exudes makes a body comfortable and your home takes on a coziness of its own.

Your windows in your home are a perfect starting point to enhance the light emitting from the brightness outside. Hanging stained glass panels in your windows has never been more popular with the many choices of hand crafted glass depicting brilliant colors and designs.

There are many stained glass window panels to choose from including:

- Stunning flowers such as magnolias, daffodils, irises and roses. All colors of the spectrum are represented and the flowers look so real you can almost smell them!
- Delicious looking grapes in purple, green and golden grapes on the vine produce a beautiful reflection from the light entering your window.
- Birds including hummingbirds, bright red cardinals and bluebirds are but a few of the choices available to let the outdoor world inside your home.
- Butterflies are absolutely stunning with the multitude of vibrant colors and scenes depicting one of Mother Nature’s contributions.
- Animals, domestic and wild are featured in meadows and forests as a natural backdrop. Bears, moose, cats and pheasants all are crafted with a brilliant hue.
- Geometric panels with varying designs serve as a focal point and make the reflection from the sun dance across your room.
- Celtic art images with interweaving lines and magical colors set off any room with portrayals of deer, doves and dragonflies
- Flags that show your patriotism are not limited to red, white and blue. American eagles and seals of all of the US armed forces branches are available.
- Nursery panels are all brightly colored and include images of teddy bears, carousels, hobby horses and trains. All are a sure hit with young children.

Various sizes are available including small stained glass panels depending on your taste. It will be hard to imagine all of the reflecting possibilities when the sun makes contact with stained glass panels. What you see in the morning can be totally different in the afternoon as the sun completes the circuit of your home.















Our Second Project was Really Fun

Second Project

I am behind on my post, sorry about that but the whole crew has been sick for almost a month. Things are getting back to normal now from the holidays and this terrible bronchitis, so let’s get busy. I do have to say our second project was really fun we had to pick our own thing to do, so of course I picked a girly thing and my husband picked something more manly. I chose to do a Magnolia, which I love magnolia’s and he picked a landscape scene. It was pretty easy picking the color’s this time and the teacher was very helpful. Matching colors can be a little difficult at first but that gets easier.

So we cut out all the pattern pieces and started cutting the glass, I was still not very good at that and broke quite a few pieces, which means you start over by cutting out the pattern again and gluing again.  My husband was doing way better than I was at the glass cutting and grinding, this was stressing me out, I thought I was never going to be able to keep up with him. So of course this started to be a little competitive and I had to get better or I was never going to catch up. We really had a lot of fun though, and on our way home from class I told him next class I was catching up to him, maybe that was what I needed because our next class I did a lot better, no broken glass the next night and grinding all of a sudden was easier than before. After all the pieces were cut and grinding was complete we cleaned everything and foiled so when we came to the last class we could complete our projects and take them home.

So here it was the last night of class and we were very excited to complete our projects, so we got busy as soon as we got there, with cutting the frame, applying flux and soldering, well, my soldering was still not the best but it was acceptable. We cleaned everything up applied the patina to make it a dark color; I prefer the dark colors on most things. I kept thinking we all done except for adding the chain to hang it with and applying the wax and buffing, hope she will let us stay and complete this it was really a lot of work for the last class but we had to complete it. We were so happy with our final product that we were hooked; before we could leave I had to buy stuff to work at home, this was definitely going to be our new hobby.

I was so excited that I would now have a hobby, instead of just working all the time. This was going to require quite a few things before I could do this at home, we bought a lot of things from the Glass Workshop, but I was going to need all the required items just to get started, For example: I would need, glass cutters, grinder, gloves, and a place to work on etc… The next day I was looking online to find things to start my next project and that is when I found Delphi Glass which is listed on the right of this page. They have everything you could think of in that store, Glass, Jewelry, Kilns, Books, Bottle art and more. I love shopping there and they ship directly to your front door. If you cannot find it in this store they also have things on Amazon which is also listed on the right. Hope you enjoy this post and see you soon. If you have any questions, please email me.



Our First Stained Glass Project

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Our first stained glass project looked to be pretty simple at first, but after my husband and I started we quickly realized it was not going to be as easy as it looked.

First we had to pick something we were going to make. The teacher told us the less pieces you have the easier the project would be, so we chose a project that only had five pieces. We picked a tulip, the patterns are just like pictures from a coloring book, my husband was probably hoping for something other than a flower, but he is such an easy fellow he just chose the tulip with me.

Now that we have finally made a decision its time to cut the pattern out, you need two or three copies, one for your cut pieces to be placed on and one you can cut, the cut pieces will be used to glue to glass you are going to be cutting. After all the pieces were cut out we then had to choose our glass colors. So many choices of glass to choose, I never would have thought all those decisions would be required, like color, texture, with a pattern in the glass, solids, swirled of course that took a bit of time especially to me, I love all glass.  We final chose our colors, which were purple for the flower and of course green for the leaves and we were ready to start.

The next step is to glue the pattern pieces you cut out onto the piece of glass, next we cut the glass, looked easy when the teacher did it, but I broke so many pieces its a wonder she didn’t charge me extra. Finally we get our little pieces cut and then we use the grinder to smooth all of the edges, being careful not to cut ourselves, so they will easily fit into the framed area.

After all the cutting and grinding is finished all the glass must be cleaned. Now its time to apply the copper foil which was the easy part, make sure all edges are flattened and stuck really good. After all the pieces are foiled and placed in the frame area here comes the fun part. After you Flux all the edges you tack the egdes with solder for the glass to be secure.

Soldering was very hard for me because I want every line to be perfect, but I guess you could say that takes a lot of practice. After the soldering was complete we installed a little ring on the top so we could put a little suction cup hook on it to hang in the window. We were amazed when we finished, It was very exciting for us to complete that in 1 day. Even my husband was surprised about how it was enjoyable and not extremely difficult.






The Secret to Perfect Solder Lines

Stained Glass Soldering

Solder is used to hold the various pieces of stained glass together in a stained glass panel. To achieve a professional quality, solder lines need to be smooth and uniform. This can be achieved by following basic steps and using quality tools and supplies.

The tools and supplies needed for soldering include a soldering iron, solder and flux. The soldering iron should have a ceramic heating element with either a built in temperature controller or plugged into a separate temperature controller unit. The solder used needs to be a 60/40 mixture of alloys for the majority of your soldering. For decorative soldering, an alloy mixture of 60/37 solder is recommended. An odorless non-smoking liquid flux is the preferred flux.

Basic Steps for Soldering

    1. Heat the soldering iron to 68 on the temperature controller
    2. Use an abrasive pad or wet sponge to clean the iron’s tip before you begin and periodically as you work
    3. Lightly apply flux to a section of the stained glass project you are working on
    4. Using 60/40 solder, unroll it to a manageable length, and then lightly touch the area to be worked on
    5. Place the solder on the tip of your iron and move both the iron and the solder at a slow constant rate following the fluxed copper foil seams
    6. When you need to end or stop, do not just move the iron vertically off, but rather slide the iron towards the glass
    7. Don’t solder out to the perimeter of your stained glass piece, leave approximately ½ inch along the edge. This will allow the zinc came to fit over your glass

When finished with one side of your stained glass piece, carefully turn it over and repeat the same process on that side.

How to Avoid Common Problems

    • Pits or bubbles in solder lines – Too much flux causes pits and bubbles
    • Portions of copper foil visible – Using too little flux, portions of the copper foil will remain visible
    • Lumpy lines – The iron is not hot enough, turn the temperature up in small increments
    • Glass breaks – Either the iron was too hot or it was held in one place too long
    • Solder spits and sputters – Too much flux was used
    • Lines flat – The iron was moved too quickly or not enough solder was used
    • Solder bulges – The iron was moved too slowly or too much solder was used
    • Peaks in solder – The iron was not hot enough
    • Solder seeps through to the other side – The iron was too hot
    • Copper foil lifts up when soldering – This could be a result from too hot of an iron, moving too slowly, too much flux or a bad foiling job.

While patina will mask some inconsistencies in your solder lines, others will still be noticeable and take away from the professional look of your piece. With patience, practice and the correct tools and supplies, you, too, can have professional solder lines.  Also please watch the video to the right of this post.






How Stained Glass Works

How Stained Glass Works

­Making stained glass is an ancient art that can be traced back to the early Egyptians. Although the first colored glass may have been used as jewelry or even currency, we probably know the art form best from seeing stained glass in the windows of churches. These windows are really paintings that use light, glass and a metal framework to create a design.

The earliest stained glass windows were created for the Roman Catholic Church, and often told Bible stories in pictures. This was at a time when most people couldn’t read, so these luminous paintings were one of the few representations of the glory and transcendent nature of their spiritual beliefs. At a time before television, radio or even pictures painted on canvas, stained glass windows wer­e probably one of the most dramatic, instructive and important works of art most people were exposed to.

­Many of these ancient masterpieces have been lost as a result of religious upheavals and political strife, but many still remain, like the stained glass windows at Chartres Cathedral in France, or at Canterbury Cathedral in England.

Changes in taste and innovations in glassmaking hav­e made working with stained glass easier than ever before. Because colored glass is now cheaper and good designs and tutorials are easy to find, the hobby is steadily gaining in popularity. With some practice, patience and a few important tools, creating art with colored glass is a hobby that’s available to almost everyone




Stained Glass Artwork: Tools and Techniques Used by Artisans


Stained glass artists are talented and proficient craftspeople who specialize in bringing every type of designs to existence. To supply art which is sturdy and aesthetically pleasing, artists make use of many tools and techniques on the trade. Here is often a quick (and simplified) summary from the process stained glass artists use to create the colorful styles noticed in churches, federal government buildings, and private residences.

Building a Template

Earlier than an artist brings a do the trick to existence implementing minor and good sized pieces of colored glass, he or she primary provides a detailed drawing with the complete picture. This drawing will need to be precisely the same dimension as the window opening or other area where by the art can be shown. Items of glass will ought to be joined with result in develop the last work, so lines to indicate exactly where this main will go also ought to be integrated while in the template. As compared to the last piece, this template is relatively rather simple in look.

Cutting the Glass Items Desired

Glass cutting is usually a process that should always be mastered by all stained glass artists. They may use various tools to lower glass in to the sizes and shapes required for stained glass styles. A carbon steel glass cutter is an excellent decision when accuracy is very important, when diamond glass cutters can be utilized on even exceptionally arduous glass. There may be also a specialized instrument stained glass artists use once they will need to lower glass into best circles. It works in a good deal exactly the same way as a compass in the math set. A suction cup is utilized to mark the center on the circle and an arm is then rotated to score the glass.

Smoothing the Pieces

To be sure all pieces will match collectively neatly and the design would be reproduced exactly as it is depicted inside the template, the artist should clean the edges on all items. The artist might probably polish the edges by using a special form of sandpaper or an electrical grinder. A brush is then implemented to remove any particles through the edges.

Inspecting the Reduce and Sanded Items

This may very well be considered of since the top quality handle step in the procedure. The artist will examine each piece to make sure it’s the same exact size as indicated in the template as well as right shade.

Becoming a member of the individual Pieces Collectively to Recreate the Template

This is certainly the stage at which the style and design is definitely introduced to life. Every one of the particular person items are joined utilizing copper foil or lead arrived to provide the final operate of art.

Installing the Art

Finally, the effort is installed inside a window opening, ceiling region, or other area. The artist is absolutely not automatically associated with this portion of the procedure. Relying to the size and weight of the work, more supports might really need to be extra to the opening.

Of course, designing stained glass artwork can be a complicated and labor-intensive process. For your individuals who cherish the warm glow and traditional elegance of stained glass art, all the same, the last result is perfectly really worth the work and cost.

Understanding Basics of Stained Glass Doors

Stained Glass Doors

The technical challenges concerned with the designing and installation of stained glass doors and windows vary from hobbyists to professionals. Noticing a shade of flower, holding it in mind and creating it as images for a glass work is not that easy. It is the task which is both an art and science.

From drawing a rough shade to giving a final touch to it, a lot of technical knowledge and experience is required. For example, creating stained form of glass doors involves a lot of basics to consider like:

Copper foil panels

Before wrapping the edges with thin metallic strips, it is important checking if the glass matches a pattern. Next steps that come after it includes arranging the foiled glass on the pattern followed by applying flux to the seams and soldering the seams to hold the pieces of glass together.

According to experts, the copper foil method is meant to create more intricately shaped pieces. The method is ideal to use for both the doors and windows of stained form of glass. Read more »

Stained Glass – Moving From Ancient to Modern

Stained glass from ancient to modern Mosaic

Stained glass is the ancient glass art that was used for decorating churches, chapels and important shrines and places of pilgrimage in the ancient times. From its past heritage and usage to the modern decoration ideas, stained glass art has come a long way. It is today one of the breathtaking concepts in design and decorating public places and recreational joints with modern scriptures, caricatures, public figures, beauty depictions, female figures, and animal forms.

The stained form of glass began its modern curve in the 19th Century itself with the use of the art for decorating glass windows and doors in homes. From the European to the Asian homes, the form became a regular option for colored glass doors and windows, entrance doors, verandah or porch doors, patio and gallery boundary etc. One can now find their use in modern workplaces and commercial centers. Read more »

Creating New Church Stained Glass Windows

Creating New Church Stained Glass Windows

Faceted glass consists of approximately one-inch thick dalles of glass cut by hand and broken over an anvil. These pieces of glass are placed in a pattern on a table and a form is set around the perimeter of the panel. Sandy material called granules, are sprinkled between the pieces of glass. The next step is to pour a two-part epoxy resin between the pieces of glass. We then sprinkle another layer of granules over the epoxy resin. Once the epoxy sets, it results in a very strong load-bearing panel. Studios mainly use faceted glass for less complex designs. Faceted glass windows have a higher material costs but require significantly less labor, often making it a more cost effective solution. Faceted glass does not require a protective covering when installed and requires very little maintenance.

Leaded Stained Glass

Windows with little or no painted work are another type of stained glass art that studios commonly use. Leaded glass with little painted work is less labor intensive than fully hand painted cathedral windows. A Studio can design this medium to match most budgets and tastes. (See Step by step – leaded and painted construction below.) Read more »

Selecting a Quality Stained Glass Studio

Quality Staiend Glass Studio selection

Everyone wants to know the magical formula to select the correctstained glass studio to complete his or her project. While a studio cannot do this for you, there are ways to sort through the information and make a quality selection.

A common question that the clergy will ask a stained glass studio is, “How do I get an apples to apples bid?” Unlike many industries, stained glass is extremely specialized. Often, others do not know the terms and jargon outside the industry. This is what inspired Associated Crafts to write this article.

The other aspect of this industry is the lack of regulation by the industry. The industry consists of many smaller companies started by craftsmen and artists who took a hobby and changed it into a career. This is certainly admirable but these individuals often do not have the knowledge of all the facets of the business or of stained glass. Professional studios often compete with specifications written by some completely incompetent companies. This is why we diligently work to educate our clients. Often times, a simple understanding of terms and jargon will allow the church to see the correct scope of work. Read more »