Category: Stained Glass

Types of Glass

Other than basic opalescent and cathedral glass, there are further breakdowns of glass types under these two main headings. Opalescent is mixed with white and cathedral is see-through. Every manufacturer has its own variation of how it has handled these variations, so we end up with an industry filled...

Mind the Gap!

How close should your glass pieces be? They should be close enough so that you are comfortable with how heavy a solder line you will end up with. To help prevent uneven spaces, here are some hints: Use push pins or jigs to hold your glass in place while...

Foils.. why so many?

  We often see people just standing in front of our foil display looking overwhelmed!  Here is a picture of our display just so you can see how overwhelming it is! As you can see, we have three different brands in our store.  We just recently switched from Venture...

KNOW YOUR GLASS—CORELLA CLASSIC

Corella Classic is made by Wissmach Glass.  Wissmach glass is the second oldest glass manufacturer that is still in operation. Corella Classic is one of their many lines of cathedral glass.         As always, glass is not the easiest to photograph so these don’t particularly show...

Tips from the Glass Academy: Lead Came or Copper Foil

The basic thing to remember here is that Lead Came stretches. That really is the base fact in deciding when to use what. Use Foil. 1. Lamp Shades should always be done in foil. All those beautiful Tiffany Studio lamp shades were done with foil. He was the master...

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...

Janet’s Tips: When is a Jewel Not a Jewel?

Jewels are made of stained glass pressed into many different shapes.  They are convex and can be smooth, but most are multi-faceted.  They have a lot of sparkle.  They vary in price by color and shape.  Sets are available for some of the lamps patterns that are built on...

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...