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211  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: 2 stained glass windows on: March 01, 2005 01:34:37 AM
The photos don't do them justice, of course.
I have been working on taking pictures of my own stained glass and think you've done quite well.  It's true that there's nothing like seeing glass in person, but you've managed to capture great color and texture in your shots.

 
my circular edges are always terrible and sharp and chippy...
amazing windows :-)

I used to have that problem too, even when using my circle cutter.  Then I read a brief article in a flyer they give out free at local stained glass supply shops, and now I do very well.  Small circles are still a bit tough, but anything over 3 inches across are ok, over 5 inches across come out good, the bigger the easier.  The article is "Cutting Perfect Circles" from The Score, published by Spectrum Glass Co. (http://spectrumglass.com).  This is a link to an archived copy of the article, it's an Adobe Acrobat Document:

www.spectrumglass.com/Library/Literature/SCOREpdf/SCORE80.pdf


Mine curves always sucked too... and then I discovered a grinder! Best thing ever!

I know how frustrating cutting can be--everyone in my class/workshop seemed to get it much quicker than I did.  I improved greatly when I broke out from the crowd and tried a different type of cutter.  The folks I did glass with all used the straight cutters, shaped like a pen.  One woman eventually started using a pistol grip, which I also found easier, but it wasn't until I started using the Thomas Grip cutter that things really started flowing.  I was totally amazed at how much better it worked for me.
212  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Crafty But Stupid: YOUR CRAFT RELATED INJURIES HERE! on: March 01, 2005 12:42:33 AM
Stained Glass--ok, so we've heard about glass cuts on the hands and the heat of solder, ("solder is hot" is my glass-working mantra), but we haven't heard about the dangers of copper foil.

So these 1/4 inch wide, 1.5 mil thick strips of copper with with sticky backing come on lovely rolls with peel off paper backs, and seem to be one of the less dangerous aspects of playing with stained glass, until the day you realize that it's really yards and yards of thin sharp metal with edges that can do some real damage. 

I had been working with stained glass for a few years before the first time I casually sliced open a finger with the knife-sharp edge of the foil I was using.  I am now verrrrry careful about the foil, and still have knicked myself a few times, but nothing compared to that first care-free slice!  I am lucky I didn't manage to take off a finger that day.  There's nothing like cuts on the hand to remind you of your stupid craft related injuries... Signed, Master of Washing with Bandaids
Beware the seemingly innocuous copper foil!

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