Category: Stained Glass

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...

Glass No Longer Available.

The tough economy of 2011 and 2012 caused some glass manufacturing to cease.  The GNA (german new antique) factory has now been closed for some time.  At first it was thought that it would be retooled and reopened.  That has not happened.  The distributors are now beginning to run...

Using a MiniPhaser

As you become more skilled at soldering you may find that the number you have been setting you temperature control on no longer works the same. Things that affect the temperature are: 1.  voltage of your iron 2.  speed at which you solder 3.  size of area or seam...

Here’s How You Get Shiny Copper Patina

Don’t you love how your piece looks when it is foiled before it is soldered?  That shiny copper foil just sparkles.  Why, oh why then, is it so hard to get copper patina to look as good as the copper foil.  The simple answer is tarnish! A beautiful patina...

Heart of Glass

To make the heart bottom left,  use four 1×1″ bevels and 2-2″ half circles.  You can also make it large by using 4- 1 1/2x 1 1/2 bevels and 2-3″ half circles. The large heart in the center is made with 1-1×1″ bevel, 4-1×2 bevels, and 2-3″ half circles. The heart on...

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...

Pricing Equation to Start a Home Based Craft Business

Hello Folks!  Here is a little bit of information for those interested in starting a home based craft business.Here is a pricing equation that might help you get started. Materials + Overhead + Labor + Profit = Price Direct Costs: The direct costs associated with the manufacture of any...

Solder Tip

Common solders are a mix of tin and lead.  The numbers that describe each type of solder refer to their % of each metal in that solder.  The melting temperatures are:  50/50 421 degress F. 60/40 374 degrees f.  They “set up” at 361 degrees F.   Most lead free...