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« on: June 10, 2004 10:57:11 AM »

Hey there, Mike (my partner) is a talented artist and he wants to try his hand at stained glass.... there is no place locally to buy the supplies and we found a site online that seems reasonable... all except the $300 saw... I guess I'd like to hear the voice of experience tell me what sorts of tools he needs to get into the craft and enjoy it, but won't cost the same as a small car should he decide it's not for him--
thanks for ANY info!!
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2004 03:54:36 PM »

Don't buy the saw until he is making glass projects on a weekly basis - saws are great things, but you don't need it at all. All he needs to start is:
two pairs of pliers,
a glass cutter,
copper foil tape,
and old toothbrush (for rubbing the tape to make sure the tape stays on),
glass to practice on,
glass to make something out of,
a soldering iron (at least 80W),
non-lead solder,
Flux (to make the solder stick to the copper tape),
a cheap hardware store glass cutter,
an old broom to sweep glass particles off the working surface (when you use your hand you get cut up pretty bad)
a felt marker to draw on the glass,
some patterns or paper to draw your own,
basic stained glass instructions (library or internet or me if he needs)

Most of the stuff is found around the house. The things he will have to buy are the solder($10), the soldering iron($30), flux($6), copper foil tape($8), and glass for making something($5-$25 a square foot). I buy picture frames and old glass from garage sales or ask for it from renovations to practice on. Have fun and let me know if I can help the process.


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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2004 08:48:12 PM »

I don't have any experience w/ stained glass, but this place in Berkeley is amazing!  I was using glass scraps for mosaicing and went to their store for scraps ($3.50 a pound) the staff there is really knowlegable and the stuff they have around the store is amazing!

« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2005 04:43:24 PM »

Don't buy the saw until he is making glass projects on a weekly basis - saws are great things, but you don't need it at all.

A glass GRINDER is a really good accessory. You can find Inland or Glastar grinders for between 80 and 150 bucks from ebay. A grinder helps to refine the edges of your pieces so your foil goes on smoother, and so your pattern fits better, thus making soldering go smoother.

Good luck!
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2005 06:25:41 PM »

I do allot of stained glass, and went a long time without a tiger saw... They arent necessary if your new to it all and arent worth the investment unless you really want to persue the craft. You can get along fine without one...

I would also highly reccomend a glass grinder before a saw.
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