Category: News

NOT ALL CLEAR GLASS IS THE SAME

RESTORATION Glass has clearly (pun intended) evolved all through the centuries.  Here is a bit of a timeline. In the 1700’s window glass was mouth blown and spun into a disk.  It was small and distorted.  I think it is quite beautiful.  Even when it was big enough to...

FOOD SAFE ISSUES

I think I have not researched an issue and come up with less concise data ever.  Here are some things I did find. FUSING The causes of concern when fusing are lead and cadmium. Cadmium when combined with sulfur forms Cadmium Sulfide and results in deep yellow color.  If...

COLOR OF THE YEAR 2021

Every year I look forward to the announcement of Pantone’s color of the year.  They have been doing this for over 20 years.  The announcement influences fashion, home furnishings, industrial design and a glass sale at Stained Glass Express!  To pick the color, the Pantone color experts look at...

TIDBITS OF INFORMATION

What is the difference between copper wire and tinned copper wire? They are both copper wires.  The tinned wire is a bit easier to use if you are soldering it because it already has a coating of solder on it. https://www.stainedglassexpress.com/metals/wire/ ************************************************************************************************************ So many foils! Different backing, different widths,...

MURPHY’S LAWS FOR STAINED GLASS

(I would like to give credit for this, but I no longer know where I got it) Solder Law:  Hot solder looks exactly like cold solder. Solder Law II:  One lead joint will always be unsoldered. Breakage Law: The number of bad breaks you get is directly proportional to...

THE AMAZING GLASS CHALLENGE 2020!

Here is a good thing that happened in 2020!  The amazing Glass Challenge.  Endings and Beginnings!  The Entries really are amazing.  We are proud to be the host of this contest and be associated with such talented people. We want to acknowledge and thank the founders of The Amazing...

SOLDER – WHY DIFFERENT ONES

60/40 60/40 solder is 60% tin and 40% lead. It stays in liquid stage longer, giving you more time to set a smooth bead.  It melts at 372 to 374 degrees F.  It solidifies at 361 degrees F.  This is the most popular solder.  Easy to use, consistent, smooth. ...

COLOR OF THE YEAR, 2020 – CLASSIC BLUE

This announcement is something to look forward to every year!  It is plain fun.  Pantone is a company that provides a universal language of color.  Many manufacturers use it.  Once you might not know is paint. Because it is all about color, we watch for it every year and...

UNCERTAINITY AND DISRUPTION RULE

In January, the COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached the United States. The Trump administration declared a public health emergency on January 31. In February, the first deaths were recorded. On March 11th, the World Health Organization declared the Novel Coronavirus Disease, COVID-19, a pandemic. On March 13,...

Why the Glass You Want Is Not Available

Stained Glass Express has always taken pride in never being out of stock on any glass. We would have at least one sheet cut up and out on the retail floor, ready for you to carry out, and another full sheet in the warehouse. As soon as the full...