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Gifts that can be purchased at Stained Glass Express

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!


Stained Glass Dreamcatchers


The Legend of the Dreamcatcher is that Native Americans of the Great Plains believe that the air is filled with both good and bad dreams.

According to legend, the good dreams pass through the center hold of a dream catcher and to the sleeping person.  The bad dreams are trapped in the web, where they perish in the light of dawn.

Historically, dreamcatchers were hung in the tipi or lodge and a baby’s cradle.

Make your own dreamcatcher.  Here are some useful items to help.

Click here to buy your own dreamcather bevel kit!



We have all seen unity ceremonies at weddings.  The bride and groom each take a candle and together light a single candle.  A colored sand ceremony where two different colored sands are put into a single container.   Another is two colored waters merged into a container to make a different color.  There are ones done with flowers and on and on.

Here is a new one.  A frit ceremony.  The bride and groom choose 2 to 4 different colors of frit and combine them in a single container.  The very original part of this ceremony is that later the bride and groom return to the glass studio with their wedding frit and create a wedding or anniversary masterpiece.


Info from “the underground”.

Valuable Lamp Auctions

It is quite interesting that in our area is an auction house that auctions off rare lamps, glass and lots of other things.  James D. Julia’s has been operating since the mid-1960s.  It is an amazing business located in Fairfield, Maine.  This November (2016) they held their 18th Rare Lamps & Glass Auction with total sales of $3.1 Million.  This was their highest yet in the glass division of the company.

In this auction, they sold a Tiffany Studios Dragonfly lamp for $515,475, a Tiffany Studios Peony shade on a rare Mosaic Turtleback base for $391,050, and a Tiffany Studios Poppy shade on a Cattail Lily Pond Base for $219,225.

Visit their website at for more fascinating info about this amazing company.


Stained Glass Birds on a Branch

These absolutely fabulous branches are available already made up or as a kit (branch and a pattern) for you to make yourself. Also – no one is going to tell you that you can’t buy a branch and put anything you want on it! Your own creativity is the limit you face!

There are three branch types:

  • hummingbird branch
  • curved, up branch
  • curved, down branch

They are best displayed in a window frame so your glass can get light. They measure approximately 14 to 15 inches in length.

Also available is this dragonfly. How great!


We currently stock these finished stained glass birds on a branch:

We stock the following kits (includes a pewter branch, pattern for birds, leaves and berries, detailed instructions, wire, mounting screws):

Baltimore Oriole Pair


Blue Jay


Cardinal Pair


Chickadee Pair






Gold Finch Pair




Nuthatch Pair


Tufted Titmouse Pair


~ Janet





Winter 2015 Issue of Glass Patterns Quarterly is Here!


Glass Patterns Quarterly Winter 2015 Cropped

Just arrived…the Winter 2015 “Wildlife Issue” of Glass Patterns Quarterly magazine.

Available for purchase in our online store and in our Manchester store.

Exciting projects in this issue for all skill levels:

Stained Glass

  • Snowflake Magic
  • Birdhouse
  • Abstract Peacock
  • Dolphin Sunrise
  • Spirit of the Fox
  • Cardinals
  • Giraffe
  • Big Wave
  • Call of the Wild (three wolves)
  • Golden Gate

Jewelry/Screen Printing

  • Screen Printed Glass Pendants

Fused Glass

  • Birds of a Glass Feather
  • Glass Gecko
  • Desert Fritscape
  • Fused Painted Pony
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Tortoise Shell Tray
  • Love is in the Air (glass hearts)

Buy It Now!

Blown Glass Pumpkins Are In!

Did you know we have our very own pumpkin patch at SGE? OK, not the ones that you make pie with or carve! But really, we have a LOT of pumpkins for you to pick from here in our store!

Featured Artist: Lucie Boucher

Each quarter, we feature a Maine glass artist in our Waterville store. Our Featured Artist for this quarter is Lucie Boucher.

Lucie and her husband, Bernie Huebner, own Stone Ridge Glass in Waterville, Maine. Now in their eighth year of business, they offer three product lines: custom fused and stained glass including sandblasting and painting, cast lead crystal sculpture, and Glasscapes – their original glass art creations. Lucie and Bernie believe that the only relevant bio is their joint bio. A formal résumé would list five advanced degrees and an employment history including everything from hairdressing and firefighting to teaching at all levels from kindergarten through graduate school. By the time they came to glass, they were long past the age to go to art school. But as experienced teachers, it followed naturally that they would make their way largely self-taught.

Please visit for more information.

Make sure to take a look at Lucie’s display the next time you visit our store.

All items pictured below are available for sale.

Birdbaths are Here!

Lovely glass birdbaths are now in stock at our Waterville store. Come in and check them out!

Gifts for Mom this Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is this Sunday! We have great glass gifts for any mom. Stained glass art, fused glass art, candles, birdbaths, jewelry, blown glass and much, much more!

The Stained Glass Express Gift Card would make a great gift too! Gift cards can be used in our store to buy any items from our gift line, sign up to attend a Friends Night Out, take a class or buy more supplies if she’s already working in art glass!

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