Category Archives: Stained Glass

Stained glass products, technical information and tips from Stained Glass Express.

PANEL C

PANEL C  1908

For those of you who read this blog consistently, you know I am a fan of the Morse Museum.  The Morse is in the college town of Winter Park, Fl.  They have an extensive collection of Tiffany art work.

This is part of the collection that was feature in this month’s newsletter.  The panel was originally the center piece of a 10-panel window designed for the landing of a massive marble staircase in the Pittsburg home Of Richard B. Mellon.  The panel was divided up when the 60-room house was demolished in 1940.

The piece is done totally in opalescent glass.  It must have been a remarkable sight at the top of the equally remarkable marble staircase.

 

Stained Glass Music

This morning on my iPad the banner floated by that said:

MOZART

Station

Happy Birthday Mozart

Celebrate with this station of the composer’s greats

Concerned that I missed Mozart’s birthday, (it did not come up on my Facebook page) I looked it up.  Mozart was born January 27, 1756.  So, I missed it by a little (I am writing this on Feb 1st) so I will celebrate now.  First, I am listening to his music right now.  Second, I am posting this piece of stained glass art.

This is called Musicali Tree by Carol Korfin in San Diego, CA

When I took this picture it was on display at the fallbrook art Center

www.fallbrookartcenter.org

 

How to use the Color of the Year – Ultra Violet

This info is all from the Pantone website

We have created eight different color palettes that feature PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet to help you bring this year’s special shade into your designs. All color bases are covered; brights, deeper hues, pastels, mid-tones, and metallics. With Ultra Violet as a versatile trans-seasonal and gender-neutral anchor in every palette, each of the eight palettes conveys its own distinctive feeling and mood and can easily cross-over fashion and accessories, beauty, home interiors, and graphic design applications.

To further inspire your creative juices, within each of these eight color stories we have also included three suggested color harmonies. The color harmonies provide you with examples of how individual colors in the palette can be mixed together and in what proportion or measure. The uniquely developed color bars which make up the color harmony accompany each highlighted color story.

We also strongly encourage you to explore each of these eight palettes on your own. Create your own combinations. Develop your own individualized color mixes. Imagine and invent. Experiment and express. And most importantly, have fun. There has never been a better time to be original and leave your very own colorful mark on the world.

PURPLE HAZE COLOR HARMONIES

Embodying calmness, a palette of hazy and smoky hues effortlessly commingle to create subtle blends and harmonies that are both timeless and time-honored.

KINDRED SPIRITS COLOR HARMONIES

Sitting side by side on the color wheel, this palette of like-minded hues with their spirited good humor and playful exuberance makes for easy and engaging color mixes.

DRAMA QUEEN COLOR HARMONIES

An unusual combination of show-stopping saturated color with rich and elegant earth tones creates an adventurous mood full of excitement and drama.

INTRIGUE COLOR HARMONIES

Invoking a sense of mystery, a palette of nature’s blues and greens, combined with the unconventional Ultra Violet and a Silver and Pale Gold metallic, exudes a quiet strength.

QUIETUDE COLOR HARMONIES

Soft and warm, a subtle palette of natural and organic shades accented by a Frosted Almond metallic evokes reassurance and conveys a sense of calm and quiet.

ATTITUDE COLOR HARMONIES

Exploding with zest and energy, this palette of pure, unadulterated color which screams “look at me” comes together to create a bold statement with feelings of excitement and high voltage effects.

DESERT SUNSET COLOR HARMONIES

Emulating a desert sunset, this is a dramatic palette of brilliantly heightened warm shades that radiate resplendently across the early evening sky.

FLORAL FANTASIES COLOR HARMONIES

Inspired by the colors we see in our surroundings, a combination of soft and sweet pastels with an enchanting Ultra Violet and a deep, dark navy Astral Aura conjures up a summer garden in full bloom.

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

Tips from the Glass Academy: WHAT TO DO—WHAT TO DO???? TEMPERATURE CONTROL

 

We often get the question which way to do.  Buy a less expensive soldering iron and put it on a temperature controller or go with a more expensive iron that has the temperature control already there?

One thing to know that the built-in temperature controller is like a thermostat.  There is a probe up near the tip monitoring the temperature and doing its best to keep the tip at the temperature you have it set up.

The separate add on controller are controlling the amount of electricity going to your iron. It is called a rheostat.  It is like a dimmer switch.  It will not give you even heat.  It will stop your iron from spitting flux at you and burning up from overheating all the time.

So here are some things to consider.

How much more are you paying once you add the controller and the iron together compared to the iron with the built-in controller?

How much are you willing to invest at this point in you craft?

You might have been using an iron with a separate controller in a class.  How did that work for you?

As you get better at soldering and go faster your iron will cool down quicker.  An iron with a separate controller might start to annoy you at that point.

GLASS AND ENGLISH PUBS—flowers and Bullseyes

I was recently in England and noted that most pubs have two things in common.  One is that they have incredible window boxes just overflowing with an explosion of color.  It left us inspired to plant flowers!

The other thing that many of the pubs have is Bullseye glass in the windows.   They are called many things.  Rondels, Bullseye, Poor Mans glass, Crown Glass, bottle glass.

It is often formed by getting a glob on the end of pipe and blow until the molten glass forms a bubble.  It is then spun until a flattened into a disk.  The disk is cut into the shape wanted.  The “bullseye” or “crown” is where the pipe was originally attached.  Sometimes they were placed randomly in the panes or windows and sometimes in a decorative pattern.

Then there are some windows made from the bottoms of bottles.

This is one of those.  I expect they were cut and then melted.  Quite beautiful!

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!

 

Tiffany Autumn Color

The Morse Museum has started to use Pinterest and have several boards that are really nice.

https://www.pinterest.com/morsemuseum/autumn-color/

https://www.pinterest.com/morsemuseum/tiffany-studios-designs/

https://www.pinterest.com/morsemuseum/halloween-dreams/

Tiffany’s Cobweb Library Lamp

Featured in the Halloween link above.

The cobweb lamp is one of the rarest of Tiffany Lamp designs.  Fewer than 10 examples are known to exist.  One of them is on display at the Morse now.  The shade has flowers and eight spider webs each a different configuration and with different glass.  The base is mosaic which make it more difficult to produce.  The shade has bronze branches and a vessel that once held fuel.  Tiffany and other artist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries were influenced by Japanese art.  Spiders and other insects were popular subjects in Japanese art and design.  In 1906 it sold for $500 which was nearly 4 times the amount of other lamps at that time.

The Morse Museum is in Winter Park, Florida or at www.moresemuseum.org.

Tips from the Glass Academy: DID YOU KNOW

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.

http://www.stainedglassexpress.com/veterans.html

 

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!

http://www.stainedglassexpress.com/teach_the_teacher.html

 

 

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 www.greatkilns.com

http://www.stainedglassexpress.com/flameworking_glassblowing/annealers-bench-burners-

accessories

 

 

http://www.stainedglassexpress.com/fusing_supplies/kilns-and-accessories

 

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!

http://www.stainedglassexpress.com/stained_glass_classes_and_events.html

Oceanside Update: Manufacturers of Spectrum and Uroboros Glass

On 10/26/2017 we received and update from Oceanside.  Their current progress is that Glass is out to market.

 

I have put their list at the bottom of this blog.   Stained Glass Express is bringing it in as fast as the distributors have it.  We have also tried our very best to keep a strong and long color palette during this crisis.

Great news is that Frist production is underway!

System 96 and fx90 is in production.  (that is the fusible glass) Note there is not much on the production list at the bottom of this blog.

We are so happy that Oceanside is totally making this happen and that they are just great about keeping us informed.

The picture at the top is from their factory.

Spectrum Products:

·         100SF-ICE

·         A-100SEEDY

·         100SEEDY

·         100W

·         200S

·         A-100W

·         BR-CLEAR

·         100G

·         337-2S

·         125W

·         152G

·         518-1W

·         518-1RR

·         327-6S

·         526-2SF

·         591-1W

·         526-2RR

·         591-1RR

·         528-1SF

·         828-91S

·         305S

·         100RR

·         100QR

·         I-100SF-ICE

·         100GG

·         100C

·         100V

·         100SNSEEDY

·         309S

·         307S

·         180-8RR

·         389-1S

·         100SN

·         100A

·         828-72S

·         385-2S

·         387-2S

·         838-94S

·         838-74S

·         538-4W

·         538-2SF

·         538-2SF-2

·         140-8W

·         349-1S

·         349-2S

·         142W

·         349-6S

·         146W

·         1009SF

·         1009S

·         1009SF-2

·         200CC

·         838-72S

·         838-52S

·         200-91W

Uroboros Products:

 

·         60-2502-96-4

·         60-726-96-4

·         11-25-96-4

·         60-70-5

·         60-77-5

·         65-14-5

·         60-005-96-4

·         00-361-5

·         60-466-5

·         60-602-96-4

·         60-755-96-4

·         60-5005-96-4

·         60-611-96-4

·         60-74-5

·         60-5605-96-4

·         60-00-96GIR-4

·         60-77-96-4

·         60-25-5

·         65-35-5

·         65-74-5

·         70-70-5

·         60-6125-96-4

·         60-615-96-4

·         60-906-96-4

·         00-74-5

·         60-612-96-4

·         20-765-5

·         60-00-96IR-4

·         60-707-96-4

·         60-14-5

·         65-05-5

·         60-404-96IR-4

·         00-20-5

·         00-36-5

·         11-45-5

·         60-165-5

·         60-37-5

·         60-56-90GIR-5

·         60-5615-90-5

·         60-610-90-5

·         60-751-5

·         65-56-90-5

·         58-00-96-4

·         58-56-96IR-4

·         60-5600-96-4

·         60-6120-96-4

·         60-7555-96-4

·         60-774-96IR-4

·         60-165-4

·         60-56-96SIR-4

·         60-707-96IR-4

·         61-611-96-4

·         61-755-96-4

·         60-14-4

·         60-56-96IR-4

·         60-57-96-4

·         00-43-5

·         11-45-96-4

·         12-424-96-4

·         61-00-96IR-4

·         60-357-90-4

·         60-357-90-5

·         60-6060-90-5

·         60-003-96-4

·         60-906-96IR-4

·         50-05-5

·         60-408-90-5

·         60-436-90-5

·         14-406-96-4

·         60-070-96-4