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Can you tell me what you know about making stained glass?

Asked by jrpowell (40359 points ) November 3rd, 2012

I took a class on it 20 years ago in high school and was thinking about picking it up again. I have time and it seems like a low capital thing I could do to make some extra cash.

Any recommendations on the best tools (cutters, soldering iron) to get started. Also looking for cheap places to get sheets of glass. And is glass something I should source locally?

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WestRiverrat's avatar

I know one couple that collects the glass from house fires that has been stained by smoke from the fire.

That is about all I know about making stained glass windows and art.

chyna's avatar

I buy all my supplies here at Glasscrafters.

jrpowell's avatar

I was kinda looking for first hand knowledge and not people googling.

chyna's avatar

@johnpowell I really did buy all of my glass, solderer and grinder and other tools from the website I listed. I also bought some video’s from that site. I took a class from a local crafter in my area. I loved making stained glass projects, but I don’t think that very much money can be made from the projects. The lady I took a class from did excellent work and took her glass to art and craft shows, but didn’t make enough to keep her shop open. I love working with it, but quit because I was spending so much time making suncatchers and spending a lot of money on the tools but not getting anything in return. I have a basement full of glass sheets and tools that I haven’t used in 4 years and really don’t know what to do with it all now.

deni's avatar

My dad is in the stained glass biz. Do it! It’s fun, I made my ex boyfriend a piece a few years ago and had a blast. Wish I would have gotten into it when I still lived in the same state as him, since he has all the supplies, solders, tools, light table, cutters, etc. It seems like it would be a costly thing to get started with though. Lots of steps….?

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