How to Design the Perfect DIY Workshop Station for Your Home

  by Andrea Lozoya Whether you enjoy working on a favorite creative hobby, making handmade arts and crafts, or doing a variety of DIY projects in your free time, it’s important to have a dedicated workspace in your home where you can focus. Designing your own workshop station will...

WHICH GLASS MEDIUM?

When Stained Glass Express Opened in 1988, we were literally a Stained Glass Store.  We sold stained glass and the supplies that went with the copper foil method.  We were a few years into it before we even brought any lead came in.  It is quite a different story...

THE JUST FOR FUN CONTEST

We have now been doing the Just For Fun Contest for 30 Years!  That is staying power! Here are some entries from years past. It was all stained glass back when we started out.  No fusing, no mosaics, and no hot glass.  How things have changed! When we started...

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. ...

Featured Artist – SILVIA “LILLA” TABASSO

This artist was born in Milan.  This is a self-trained artist, influenced by the bead makers in Venice.  Her work is a page stopper.  If you are flipping through a magazine and see her work, you are stopping on that page! Her work shows nature from flowers in full...