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Color of the Year 2018 – Ultra Violet!

Pantone (the folks who assign color #s to paint among other things) has announced that the 2018 color of the year is Ultra Violet.

How beautiful is that!!!

This is what Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the pantone color institute says about the choice.

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination.  It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Pantone 18-383 Ultra Violet, a blue based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level.  From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”

Look to next weeks blog to see how to combine the color of the year with other colors.

Here are some violets from our stock!

Spectrum Deep Violet with Pale Purple Streaks Cathedral Waterglass

Blue and Violet Van Gogh Metallic Finish Glass

Purple and Violet Van Gogh Metallic Finish Glass

Bullseye Deep Royal Purple Fusible Glass 90 COE

Spectrum Grape Opal Waterglass SilverCoat Mirror

Spectrum Violet Cathedral Fusible 96 COE

Glass has come a long way!

Stained Glass Express open in July of 1988.  Before that we stocked some glass and supplies at our Oakes & Parkhurst Glass locations in Winslow, Belfast, Farmington and Skowhegan.  All these locations were sold or closed in preparation for our retirement and the only location of O&P Glass is now in Augusta, Maine. (run by two of our three children).  We have been doing/selling stained glass since the early 80s.

We offered some classes in our Winslow location.  All that was even thought of was the copper foil method of stained glass.  The teacher we had at that time, Fred Tanenbaum from Northern Light Stained Glass, firmly believe that beginners should not use a grinder. We later added Jim Miller of Miller signs to teach.  He, and many other stained-glass professionals, believed that if you used a grinder you would not learn to cut well.  We all created our own patterns and plugged away at making projects.  I still own the first one I made which was fruit.  Imagine making a cluster of grapes before nuggets were available!  I look at it now and the some of the fruit pieces seem too big or small in relation to the others and there are just kind of suspended in air.  However, it did seem amazing that it all got put together even after the dog knocked it off the coffee table and sent all the little pieces flying.  In addition to the grapes there was also a pineapple so all those grapes and little diamonds to make up the pineapple got put back together like a puzzle by my son, Tobias and my husband, Richard.  Some of the glass is that piece is now not available.

Since that time the offerings have expanded greatly.  In additional to the copper foil method, classes are now offered in lead came, Mosaics, multiple skill levels of Fusing, Glass Painting,  Glass Blowing and Bead Making.  In addition to that there are project based Friends Night Out and classes developed around Healing.  We currently have about 20 different teachers who teach for us.

When we were going to open our first store that would have just Stained Glass, we considered stocking just one kind of glass.  Armstrong.  I am sure glad we did not make that choice since Armstrong is hard to get most of the time.

We always provide grinders for beginners because we don’t think it is fun without one.  We stock Glass from Armstrong, Firebox, Spectrum and Uroboros by Oceanside, Wissmach, GNA, Youghiogheny, Kokomo, Pilkington and other clear texture manufacturers.

It will be interesting to see where this industry is in another 35 years!

Top the Tree!

Over the years we have had many requests for a tree topper.   Recently we were involved with a “River of Trees” project where we were co-sponsoring a tree with glass ornaments.  This time we needed to do it.  We had to have a tree topper.

This year’s tree would be in jewel tones and we stock a bevel star in a beautiful blue.

Click here to buy the blue bevel star!

Wanda Shorty with the help of her son, Matt added wire to this star.  They attached two wires to the star as shown in the picture below and created a coil to attach the star to the tree.  The coil was made with 3/32” steel copper clad rod.  We do stock these but don’t list them on the website because they are long to ship.  However, put a note on your order and say you want a rod-2 and it is ok to cut it ½ and we will add one to the order.

And here is the tree in all it’s glory!


Tips from the Glass Academy: DID YOU KNOW


This about Stained Glass Express


If you take a class anywhere, you are eligible for a 10% discount during that class at Stained Glass Express.  We don’t have enough staff to enter these to happen automatically so please remind the cashier that you are taking a class.

If you take a class at Stained Glass Express, you are eligible for a 20% discount at Stained Glass Express.  Please remind the cashier you are in a class.  You also can work in the Glass Academy whenever we are open and there is space.

If you are a veteran, you are eligible for our “Thanks for Serving the USA” discount.


If you are eligible for a discount, it is good for almost everything in the store.  If you want to buy a gift your discount applies.  Just remember to tell the cashier.  We have even added some of these gifts to our on-line store and will begin featuring some for the holiday season.  Exceptions are labor, class tuition, things in The Gallery (they don’t belong to SGE) and just a couple of products (that we try to keep marked) because we don’t have a markup on them to discount.

If you are an art teacher in either a private or public setting you are eligible to take beginner classes at The Glass Academy for free!



We are a distributor of Olympic Kilns and Bethlehem Burners.  Big items for a small company like us to sell so competitively.  If you have a class or veteran or wholesale discount, the discount applies.  When buying a kiln you also get a free class to you how to program it and run it.  We stock several different kilns but can special order a different one for you.  You can view the selection at



Did you know you can rent time in our Glass Academy to work on project and you can pay for kiln space.   You can rent by the day or the month.

We sponsor two contests per year.  One the Just For Fun contest in April that celebrates National Stained Glass Month.  There is a special sale that goes along with this even.  The second is a themed contest called The Amazing Glass Challenge and it is in October.


Stained Glass Express has other events and monthly sales.  Please sign up for our e newsletter to stay in the loop on those.


We have different types of class.  Classes where you want to learn the skill so you can do it on your own after in Stained Glass Copper Foil Method, Lead Method, Mosaics, Fusing, Glass Blowing and Bead Making.  We have Friends Night Out where you can just come for an evening and drink wine, eat appetizers and with no experience make something wonderful!  We have an Art & Healing Program where the classes lend themselves to people healing from an experience.  Special classes for special skills, private parties –you just name it!


On September 10th while traveling in England we made the delightful mistake of visiting Highcliffe Castle in Dorset, instead of High Cleve Castle.  I say delightful because I got to see the Jesse Window that is installed there.

On the first floor is amazing Jesse Window.  “The tree of Jesse” which is the Christ’s family tree.  Thirty feet high and dating from the 16th century, it came from the church of St Vigor at Rouen.  It survived two fires in the 1960’s.

One of the interesting things I learned about this window was when the glass was moved to Highcliffe it filled only a quarter of the space.  Louisa Stuart, Lord Stuart’s talented daughter worked with the glazier Charles Holloway to paint glass to complete the image and fill the space.

There are many of these amazing castles in England which struggle financially.  They are, of course, expensive to keep up.  This one specializes in weddings to keep going and continue the restoration.


It has been a sad year with our manufacturers having difficult times for different reasons.  Of course, the closing of Spectrum and Uroboros has been forefront in everyone’s mind since the announcement on May 11, 2016.  Thankfully the supply chain for Spectrum has now started to flow from Oceanside, the new owner.  We have not seen Uroboros back again and we have heard that Oceanside is having a difficult time with it and we may not see it for another year!

Last week when I ordered little brass filigree feet for jewelry boxes, I was told that manufacturer had closed.  I was pretty much a one-man operation and the man was in his 80s and not interested in continuing.  We received the last of what was available and they were copper not brass.  It is a nice little product and we are sad to see it go.

Now we have gotten sad news that Worden is closing.  In case you are not familiar with Worden they make a Styrofoam mold for Tiffany reproduction and tiffany type lamps.  They also produce and/or supply the patterns and the parts and pieces that go with the lamps–like filigrees and jewels.  The reason for this closing is this from their announcement.

“Why Close – Howard Worden passed away in the Spring of 2015.  The patented WordenSystem™ of stained glass lamp construction was his inspiration.  He designed the new patterns and products.  With his passing, the desire to continue with the H L Worden Co. was no longer there.

After we close the business, we cannot guarantee there will be another supplier of our products in the future.

Selling WordenSystem™ – We are currently looking for a buyer for our product line which includes instructions, patterns, molds, dies, copyrights, trademarks, accessories, etc. and remaining inventory.  If you are seriously interested, please contact us for further information.

Thank you  – Kathryn Worden and the staff at H L Worden Company say “thank you” for more than 42 years of patronage from our loyal customers.   We appreciate the many pictures and comments received from satisfied customers using the WordenSystem”

We still have some stock available.  If you are interested, please click on the link below.   We will also work hard to find you parts and pieces you may still want if we don’t have it in stock.  Just let us know and we will go on the hunt with our suppliers.  However, it does seem that they have been making this decision for the last year or so.  Supplies have already been hard to get.  We have not even been able to get their little catalog.

Click here for lamp supplies

There is another system called Odyssey Lamp System   that we will consider stocking when our stock is depleted.  It is very nice but more expensive than Worden.  The forms are made of fiberglass instead of Styrofoam so really are very durable.


The great news is that the Oregon Department of Environmental quality is allowing Bullseye Glass to once again use chromium in their manufacturing.  They can use it immediately.  (this is July 2017)

It will take a bit of time to build inventory levels and get them back in the supply chain but we will once again see.

Spring Green Opalescent BE012630f

Click here to purchase Spring Green!

Spring green transparent BE142630F

Click here to purchase Transparent Spring Green!

Aventurine Green BE111231F

Click here to purchase Aventurine Green!

Light Aventurine Green BE141230F

Click here to purchase Light Aventurine Green!

Mosaics: Bringing Art out of the gallery and into the Subway

Mosaics: Bringing Art out of the gallery and into the Subway

By Melissa Bardsley

Our daily commute here in Maine is filled with scenic views of trees, bodies of water, and the occasional wildlife. We take these picturesque commutes for granted and forget that for a large part of the country their commute includes riding in public transportation which includes underground subways with no view. Some artists in New York City are looking to change that with their mosaic installations that are transforming utilitarian based spaces into a public works of art. Here are four examples of mosaic works in New York subway stations that might be able to persuade one to give up their picturesque commute for public transportation.

Delancey St – Essex St – Mosaic Created by Ming Fey

Fey Created watercolor sketches that were inspired by the marketplace that resides overhead that has been brought to life in this extensive glass tile mosaic.

Yankees – E. 153rd St – Mosaic Created by Ellen Harvey

            Harvey created an 11 panel mosaic inspired by photos and watercolor paintings of the south facing Bronx sky. The glass tiles replicate the transitional and iridescent quality of the sky as it progresses from a cloud filled day to star lit night.

34th St- Hudson Yards – Mosaic Created by Xenobia Bailey

            Bailey is traditionally a fiber artist focusing in mediums of crochet and textiles. Her designs are rich with colors and mandala like repetition.

Second Ave – Mosaics by Jean Shin, Vik Muniz, Chuck Close, and Sarah Sze

            Shin was inspired by archival photos of the Second and Third Ave elevated trains and replicated photos from when they were in operation.

Muniz has created over three dozen brightly colored portraits of New Yorkers in a collection titled ‘Perfect Strangers’.

Close created ten portraits of well-known subjects for the project part of a series titles ‘Subway Portraits’

            Sze’s mosaic spans a whopping 14,000 sq feet depicting sheets of paper, scaffolding, birds, trees, and foliage with interactions referencing energy fields and wind patterns.



The Transformation and Rebirth of Uroboros Glass

This just could not be more exciting.  Last May when the Glass almost died and a lot of thought it had, was a real time of scrambling around to keep glass on the shelves.  Now the anticipation of a steady supply chain is just so uplifting!

The Uroboros image of the dragon consuming its own tale is a symbol of nature’s infinite cycle.  One thing ending and another beginning.

So here we go!!!

Tips from the Glass Academy: PRIMING MOLDS

Molds must be primed and it is more complicated than ever.  There are primers for steel molds and primers for textured molds.  It is important that you know what you are using and that you use the right thing.  Expense works into this also.  Some are quite expensive.

Always wear a mask and read the directions carefully.

When using a spray can always hold the can vertically, ten to twelve inches from the mold.


Primo Primer

Click here to purchase Primo Primer

For shelf and molds.  Lasts for multiple firings.  Can be used with some casting molds including Colour de Verre casting molds.  This is a powder that must be mixed with water.


Hi-Fire Shelf Primer

Click here to purchase Hi-Fire Shelf Primer

Designed for higher temperatures for raking and as a coating for mandrels for bead making.


Slide Hi-Temp 1800

Click here to purchase Slide Hi-Temp 1800

This is made with Boron Nitride.  Idea for stainless steel molds.  NOT recommended for casting or ceramic molds.  This is an aerosol so it is very easy to use.  There is no need to preheat the metal mold before applying.  This is NOT recommended for Creative Paradise molds



Click here to purchase ZYP

This can go up to 1800 degrees F.  With the stainless steel and ceramic mold.  This is the one to use with intricately detailed molds that Colour de Verre and Creative Paradise puts out. This spray results in superior casings.  No spurs or sharp edges and leaves a beautiful shiny surface.