I got curious about stained glass, and decided to try it on the cheap. I already had a craptastic Radio Shack soldering iron and some solder. I picked up copper foil, flux, and some mosaic glass. Voila!
The soldering iron is pretty much unusable- the temperature regulation leaves something to be desired and an electrical tip probably isn't the best for stained glass. (Not that it's fabulous for electrical work, but it is better for that) But overall I'm pretty satisfied with the result. I think it looks pretty good hanging in a window as long as you don't look too closely.
Does anyone have recommendations for a relatively inexpensive but still usable iron? I want to play around with some pendants and decide if this is something I want to keep doing.