Category: News

Just For Fun Contest Winners 2022

What amazing talent by every participant this year for our annual Just For Fun Contest! Here are our 2022 winners in each category:...

2021 IN REVIEW

Glastar burned to the ground on October 18th. Glastar is a leading manufacturer of glass-shaping equipment, tools, accessories, and supplies. The warehouse next door exploded, and the fire quickly spread to the Glastar building. No one at Glastar was hurt, however two people were killed and two were injured...

In Celebration of National Stained Art Glass Month

In honor of National Art Glass Month, Stained Glass Express, hosts an annual contest called “Just For Fun Contest”. Customers of ours, local artists, and any glass enthusiast can enter the contest under three categories: Stained Glass (Copper foil or lead), Hot/Warm Glass (Fused, Torched, Blown), and lastly Mosaics....

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. ...