Category: For Beginners

Glass Fusing Q&A

  Q: When I fuse my projects, sometimes I get medium to small bubbles. What causes them and how can I prevent them? A: Bubbles can be caused by many different things. First, uneven stacking of glass can result in air trapped between layers. To prevent this from occurring, check the...

Tips from Janet – Know Your Glass – Part 2

In addition to there being different types of glass which we talked about in Know Your Glass (part 1) there are also different glass manufacturers. The manufacturers that we stock glass from at Stained Glass Express are: Armstong—Clarity, richness and depth in art glass! It is difficult to know...

Tips from Janet: Know Your Tools—Pliers

So many pliers—so many uses! Your first plier should be a breaker/grozer. Double duty! Their primary function is to grasp the glass securely on one side of a score when breaking it apart. Both jaws have serrated teeth to assist in their second duty, grozing. Second pair you should...

Tips from Janet: Know Your Tools

Probably the most important tool decision you make is your glass cutter.  There are a lot to choose from.  There are two things to consider.  What the wheel is made of and which shape is most comfortable for you. The heads will be either steel or carbide.  Carbide is...

Solder

We often get asked why the solder at the hardware store cannot be used in stained glass.  The solder stained glass stores sell is different than common solder you might find in your garage or at the hardware store.  Normally that solder is rosin core or acid core solder. If...

PATTERN SHEARS

Did you ever have a project that seemed to grow after it was foiled or leaded?  A special type of scrissors called pattern shears solves this problem.  They have three blades.  The center blade removes a strip of pattern material as you cut out the pattern.  This compensates for...

Know Your Glass

Cathedral. Glass that you can see through. Opalescent.  Glass that you cannot see through.  It allows some light to show through, but not a clear image. Streaky.  A mix of two of more cathedral colors. Cloudy/Wispy.  A mix of a little (wispy) or a lot (cloudy) of white opalescent...

Why Does Solder Bubble and Splatter When Soldering

It is caused by flux boiling through the solder you’re laying down.  That’s why you notice it more on the second side of a project – by then you have sealed off the other side, it can’t splatter out the back.  As you may have guessed, the best thing...

Rheostats and Temperature Controller Opinion

Plugging a soldering iron into a rheostat (or temperature controller) does NOT reduce the temperature. It reduces the amount of electricity coming in but doesn’t change the temperature the iron will heat up to. It will just take longer to heat up. It’s the same as the tap on...