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Events and contests from Stained Glass Express.


This was fun!  A customer came in with a stainless bowl that she had slump a thick piece of glass over.  It stuck! She broke the ruined bowl off, but a very thin layer of glass remained on the mold.  That prompted a discussion on how to get the rest of the glass off the mold and why it stuck anyway.

First to get it off.  She was first going to try fusing it off and if that did not work, she was going to sandblast the stainless.  One or the other should work.

Then she said she posted a picture of it on a facebook fusing group and prompted a discussion about prep of the stainless.  Here is the surprise!  Some people do not prep it AT ALL!

I went to Facebooks Fusing 101: Any and Everything you Wanted to Know But Where Afraid to Ask. I said “Recently I heard that some people do not kiln wash stainless molds.  I would be interested to hear what people think of this.”

There were some differences of opinion to be sure..

  • Cover with fiber paper or ZYP
  • Spray with Boron Nitride (ZYP)
  • If you use ZYP you rarely have to do it again
  • I don’t use anything on stainless steel. As long as the glass is NOT an opal glass in contact with stainless steel and it is good quality, it is fine.  You get a real shiny finish on the surface in contact with the stainless steel.
  • It is minimal work to use a barrier. I would rather be sure instead of concerned.

My own fusing teacher was emphatic about using something.  She suggested Slide because it is cheaper than most boron nitride products and it is easier than kiln washing.

More inexpensive, but more labor, is to use kiln wash.  The problem is that it slides off the mold easily.  Here is the trick.  Wash the mold with alcohol and then heat it in your kiln to 1200 degrees F  for about ½ hour.  Cool it.  Then heat again to just under 500 degrees F and brush or spray on the wash in thin even coats.  Allow the coating to dry completely between each application.  Coat it until covered.  After the first time this is done (and it does last a long time) we will just coat it put it on top of a hot kiln.  Seems to work fine.

NEW PRODUCT – Modeling Glass!

Modeling glass is a very exciting new product!  It is a two-part kit consisting of a powdered binder and liquid medium that you combine with water and powder or fit.  The result is the like clay and is easy to manipulate.  Use it like you would clay.  Coil it, flatten it, make shapes, press it into silicone molds.

When you tack fire it, it will hold a lot of texture.  Before firing, and after it is dry, you can sand or carve it.


It is food safe and nontoxic.    It can be used with 90 or 96 coe.

There is a vast amount of info at

We are currently planning a class around this product and you can look at and it purchase at this link:


Augusta Downtown Alliance/UMA Raw Spaces Art Walk

The Augusta Downtown Alliance is partnering with UMA to present the Raw Spaces Art Walk in Downtown Augusta on Friday, May 17, 2019 from 5-8pm.

Various locations in downtown Augusta will be displaying artists in varying forms of Fine Art and Performance Based Art. This is a juried event. Any artists interested in submitting to the Art Walk have until April 26, 2019.

For more information on this event and/or how to enter, go to

GLASS MANUFACTURERS – Now That the Dust Has Settled

This is not a complete list..  It does not include the rod manufacturers and overseas.  These are our major supplies at this point in time.


Since May of 2016 it has been a roller coaster ride in the art glass industry.  It really does seem that the dust has settled, and this is what we have now.


Kokomo Opalescent Glass.   There are in Kokomo, Indiana have been operating since 1888.  They are the oldest. They use some of the same recipes that are over 128 years old.  They are a great source for doing reproduction work.

This is a picture of their 12 pot circular furnace.  It is a down draft.

The Paul Wissmach Glass Co.  Located in Paden City, West Virginia.  They have been operating since 1904, making them the second oldest and therefore also a great resource when trying to match old glass.  They use 12 furnaces.  They do art glass, temperable glass, fusible glass.

Youghiogheny Opalescent Glass Company, Inc.  Located in Connellsville, Pennsylvania.  They have been operating since 1977.  Truly an art glass manufacturer but has also a wonderful line of fusing glass.  Amazing color artistry.  They have recently added a textured streakies line and Dichroic glass line.

Bullseye Glass Co.  Located in Portland Oregon since 1974.  They focus on fusible glass, collaborating with artist and teaching.  They produce extremely rich colors.

Oceanside Glass & Tile.  Started in 1992.  They are located in Baja, California, but production is in Tijuana, Mexico.  Their focus was glass tiles and then added the Spectrum Glass and Uroboros Glass lines in 2016 when both Spectrum and Uroboros announced they were closing.  Oceanside had been buying glass from Spectrum for the tiles.  They are not at 100% production yet, but they are manufacturing lots of fusible glass and frits.  They will add the rest of the accessory glass this year.

Pilkington.  Various locations and known more for commercial applications.  However, they produce many clear textures.

Imports.  We are seeing a lot of clear textures from other countries.




A rewrite of the 2017 blog “AM I GOOD ENOUGH”

Right after the holiday season we start encouraging all of you to get your entry ready for the Just For Fun Contest.  We often hear, “I am just not good enough.”  I just want to say, “YES, YOU ARE!”

The variety of work and the different skill levels are what make the contest wonderful.  Each piece draws out comments of appreciation for something.  It might be choice of color, or choice or glass.  Some little quirky things someone might have done.  Some little creative touch.  It might be that someone just likes it.

NEVER, NEVER, have we heard— “that doesn’t belong—it is not good enough.”


The name “Just for Fun” may sound trite but we put a lot of thought into it.  We did not want the contest to have rules that we have to monitor, and we do not want to limit it in any way.  (we do limit size because we don’t want the ceiling to fall).  We just want it to be Fun.  You can enter to win or you can enter just for fun.

This contest is in celebration of National Stained-Glass Month.  In addition to seeing just an awesome collection of entries, you will get to come to Invite Night celebration.  You get to vote.  You get to enjoy refreshments.  You get a swag bag.  You get to shop the very best sale we have all year on different items that you see in the store all the time.  Thinks we found on sale, things we find on close outs, things suppliers offer us at special pricing.  We usually throw in some introductory products are introductory prices.  All in all it is just a great time.

Get your contest piece ready and help us celebrate National Stained Glass Month!

Foils.. why so many?


We often see people just standing in front of our foil display looking overwhelmed!  Here is a picture of our display just so you can see how overwhelming it is!

As you can see, we have three different brands in our store.  We just recently switched from Venture Tape to Edco.  Venture has been sold twice in the last couple of years and seems to struggle with the consistent great product quality we have always had.  We are hoping we will have better luck with Edco.  We still have some Venture because Edco did not have a few we wanted.  We also stock one Studio Pro in 7/32 black back because it is a good value and we have had good feedback.  They do not have a wide variety so that is the only one we have from them.

To explain the variety:

First is width.  We were thrilled that Edco comes as wide as ½”.  That is great for people who are putting two pieces of glass together.  Other sizes:  5/32, 7/32, 5/16, 3/16, ¼.  If you want a very thin solder line you use thinner foil.  If you need strength or you like a heavier line, use wider foil.


Next is thickness.  It is measured in millimeters.  It is how thick the foil is.  It might be as thin as 1 mil go to 1.25 of 1.5.  Venture shows this on the label and by the color of the core the foil is wrapped on.

Next is the backing.  There is copper, black and silver.  This is important depending on the transparency of the glass and if you are using patina.  Let’s say you are making a piece in all clear glass and you plan to not patina it.  You should use silver backed foil so the solder line is silver looking on the exterior and because you can see into the glass, it will look silver on the inside.  If you use copper, it just jumps out and ruins the piece.   If you were using clear and going to patina it black, use black backed.  If you are going to patina it copper, use can use the regular copper foil that is copper on the outside and the sticky side.

There is also a foil that is called silvered.  It is silver on the outside and the inside.  Often used when doing suncatchers and eliminates the need to solder the outer edge.

Then there is new wave which has a scalloped edge.  Decorative.

Also sheets of copper so that you can cut for overlays or have it wide.  It also has a sticky side.

Use this link to see our full line of foils.

Happy Birthday, Tiffany!

Louis Comfort Tiffany was born in New York City to Charles Lewis Tiffany and Harriet Olivia Avery Young.  (He died in 1933).  He attended Flushing Boarding School in New York City.

The Civil war starts in April of 1861 and in 1863, Tiffany attended the Pennsylvania Military Academy, in West Chester, Pennsylvania.  It later became the West Chester Military Academy and then the Villa Maria Academy, a Catholic school.  Tiffany then went on to Eagleswood Military Academy in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.  In July of 1864 Tiffany wins an award for proficiency in drawing while at Eagleswood.  The war ends in 18 while Tiffany is at an encampment at Irvington-on-Hudson, New York. In 1866 he is listed as a member of the American Society of Painters in Water Colors.

Tiffany studies with a private teacher and was then admitted to the Antique School in the National Academy of Design in New York City in 1866.  In 1868 Tiffany travels to Europe and studies with painting and visits the French painter Belly who specializes in orientalist landscapes and Islamic genre scenes.  Two years later he has a still life exhibited at the Paris Salon and has an exhibit in the National Academy of Design, New York.  After this the exhibits become frequent of his water colors.

After extensive travel, Tiffany acquired the property known as Laurelton Hall.  Much of this building can be seen at the Morse Museum.

FINALLY—IN 1872 Tiffany becomes interested in glass.  The first experiments led to the invention of Tiffany’s Favrille Glass.


In 1876 Tiffany meets John La Farge who is has glass working studio in New York City.

In 1878 Tiffany opens a glass house which burns down as does the second one he opens.

Also, in 1878 he made his first church figure window.  It is at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Islip, New York.  It’s where abouts now is unknown.

He continues to work in water color and some oils.  He experiments with Wallpaper designs and photography.  In 1879 he designs and installed an abstract window in one of his own residences.

On November 10, 1879 John La Farge applies for his first patent on opalescent glass.

In 1880:

A figural window by Louis Comfort Tiffany is installed in the newly consecrated St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Islip, New York. “The windows are of stained glass, but the staining has not been accomplished with common paints. It is altogether a new and novel window, called the opalescent, the glass being stained by a chemical process and burned in. The windows were supplied by L.C. Tiffany, of New York, who also donated a trefoil window – three crosses in a circle resembling a three leafed clover – a perfect gem in itself. The cost of the windows was $2,500. Mr. [Richard Morris] Hunt [1827–95] takes great pride in the apsis [sic]. It is broad, deep and domed and circular in form with three pairs of triplet windows of opalescent glass. In the central window is an exquisite representation of St. Mark and his lion riding in the clouds. This is the only piece of painted glass in the building.”  (from the Morse Museum)


After several jobs decorating interiors, Tiffany starts devoting all his time to artistic house furnishings.

Then he submits patents for Glass tile, Mosaic and Colored Glass Windows.


“The first important result of [Louis Comfort Tiffany’s] labors” in stained glass is claimed by an untitled article to be in a church in Newark, New Jersey. “[The window] is in three compartments, with inscriptions on the lower panels.  The centre pieces of each compartment simulate Oriental rugs.  Of these, one is darker in its hues, to typify the past; the other is light, to represent the future, and the central is pulled aside, to signify the present.  Through the opening are seen water and lilies growing.  Over the lilies is a dove flying upward to represent the soul of the deceased, and the clouds in the sky, which stretches across the upper part of all three, are arranged in fanciful ladderlike shapes, to carry out further the idea of ascension.”  (morse museum)

In 1881 Tiffany buys two buildings for his glass decorating business in NY.  At this point he is getting commissions for people’s homes and churches.  He is winning awards at expositions.

In 1885 he designs the Flower, Fish and Fruit window which is now in the Baltimore Museum of Art.


In 1887 Clara Wolcott Driscoll starts work as a designer at Tiffany Glass Company.  Clara ends up doing many lamp designs.  The Arrowhead shade.  In 1904 Mrs. Driscoll is one of the highest salaried women in New York and ranks with the $10,000 a year workers.

In 1889 Harper’s magazine says that Tiffany has brought the art of making opalescent glass to the highest perfection it has yet attained.  He is referring to the piece “Christ Leaving the Praetorium” which is in Wisconsin at St. Paul’s Church. At this point they open an entire ecclesiastical department.

Tiffany’s first public exhibition of blown glass is in 1893.  In 1892 is the first exhibit of glassware and lamps with blown glass shades.

1894 is the first mention of copper-foiling at Tiffany Glass.

in 1896 this gentle is at Tiffany’s.  I am including it because my last name is also Parkhurst!

Henry L. Parkhurst (1867-1921) of the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company (1892-1900) teaches book cover designing at the New York School of Applied Design for Women.


In 1919 Louis Comfort Tiffany retires.  He creates a foundation.  In February of 1924 the lamp production ceases at Tiffany Studios.

January 17, 1933 at the age of 84, Louis Comfort Tiffany dies.




For several years our Maine State Chamber of Commerce come to our store and purchase beautiful glass.  They then take the glass to a framer and arrange the glass on a matt and frame it.  It then becomes the award that they give out at their annual awards meeting.  Here are a few of them.


That is Senator Collins in the bottom left picture!

It is a great idea.  Certainly, better than most of the awards you see.

I would love to have a beautiful piece of glass hanging on the wall in recognition, rather than the traditional award plaque.

Bullseye Settlement

I opened an email this a.m. to see.  “6.5 million dollars to prove your innocence.  Bullseye said it all along and finally it is over.  After glass price increases from all glass makers to fund Baghouse filter, lawyers, testing, more testing and now the plaintiff’s lawyer. . . It looks like it is finally over, we all hope. “

So I’m thinking—this guy is aware of something I am not but lo and behold just a bit further down in my inbox was an email from Bullseye.  This pretty much says it all.

January 23, 2019

Dear Friends,

Today a Multnomah County Judge preliminarily approved a settlement in the class action lawsuit against Bullseye Glass Co.
Follow this link to view the full news release:
We have mixed feelings about settling. However, once the insurance carriers provided the settlement funds, we worked hard to include meaningful settlement terms that would give our neighbors the peace of mind that Bullseye did not harm their property.  We also advocated for additional air monitoring to include diesel particulate as that is a major air quality issue that affects our neighborhood. We are pleased that this aspect of the settlement may eventually contribute to improving air quality in Portland.

Everyone at Bullseye sincerely appreciates your steadfast support and confidence over the past 3 years. We look forward to producing handcrafted art glass made in Portland, Oregon USA for years to come. 

The Team at Bullseye