Announcing, Live Stream and On Demand "Beginning Stained Glass - Foil Method"

It seems like every event I do someone asks if I teach stained glass classes and up until now I've always said, "sorry, no" and recommended one of my colleagues who does teach. But that's all about to change! I'm teaching an online course!

Beginning Stained Glass - Foil Method

I'm excited to be talking about glass and showing how to create a foil project with the wonderful people at CuriousMondo.com

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Solder

I've been preparing to teach Beginning Stained Glass online for the great folks at CuriousMondo.com and I figured it might be nice to explain the "why" behind some of the things I choose to do.

One of the things I use most is 60/40 (tin-lead) solder. I didn't think "because I like it" would be a reasonable response if asked so I did what any reasonable person would do and asked Google.

Check out the Interview with Red Dragon Glass Art's Cheryl Peterson

See the interview, March 13th,  with Red Dragon Glass Art's Cheryl Peterson, hosted by Jodi McRaney Rusho from Glass With a Past

We'll be talking about the glass I make and how it all began. 

Check out the interview at www.creativityinfocus.com

The Tree of Life

The Challenge: Enhance a piece of metal wall decor with glass

That was the request, and this is the original piece of art:

It had a "lip" in the back that would be perfect to act as a frame to support the glass so I said I'd be happy to give it a try, and brought it home with me.

I had a vision of how the final piece would look so all I had to do was make that vision become a reality.

Final Installation: Hold Your Breath!

After much anticipation, and a quick onsite repair, the day finally arrived for the big reveal.

Prior the grand opening and ribbon cutting at The Quilter's Lodge these two panels were hidden from view with brown paper.

But when the paper came off and the crowd oooh'd and aaaah'd, all the months of work was paid off.

When Bad Things Happen to Good Glass

It's not something you want to think about but occasionally breakage happens. A glass artist knows the sound and no one wants to hear it.

Occasionally it happens when a piece is being installed. It was a lucky thing that the breakage was in a convenient spot and easy to fix. So I packed up my tools and made the repair on site.

A Really Big Deal: Designing and Building a Large Stained Glass Panel

For the past several months, I've been working on this project for The Quilter's Lodge. The initial design meetings took place as the building was under construction, and I though it might be fun to share the design process of a large project like this. The finished project will consist of 2 panels 30" high and 72" wide.

Weaving an Illusion

I've been sampling glass for an upcoming project and one of the ideas I've had rolling around in my brain is creating the illusion of plaid fabric. The basic idea is to use various colors of stringer (thin rods of glass) to create plaid stripes. I was testing two methods of so I started out with two pieces of clear glass for the base.

Breaking the stringer into lengths the size of the glass square, I anchored them in place with Elmer's School Glue.

The Magic of Dragonflies

Though the idea didn't originate with me, I thought I could improve on the art glass dragonflies I've seen. I thought forks were an obvious choice for the body because the tines could be bent into legs. So I did some experimenting and the first attempt was a little awkward and bulky. The second attempt was more pleasing and here is the process for creating a dragonfly.

First select and cut the glass. I have glass gems of various colors that I'm using for the head.

Working On a Project for Myself or Why the Shoemaker's Kids Are Barefoot, Part 1

I've been doing some remodeling and when it came to the kitchen it was the perfect opportunity to show off my glass skills and create custom panels for the cabinet doors.

Here is what the kitchen looked like before demolition began. Anyone who has been through the same process can appreciate what it means to pack everything up, live off paper plates and cook exclusively in a microwave for weeks.

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