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Discover the craft of stained glass and release your inner artist
Beautiful stained glass is not reserved solely for church windows. From setting up a work area to selecting and purchasing equipment and materials, this handy guide gives you the tools, tips, and expert advice you need to express your creativity around the home and make beautiful stained-glass projects that can be used anywhere.
Art glass basics — learn about different types of glass, assemble your tools, and set up your work space
Explore stained-glass techniques — try your hand at both copper-foil and traditional leaded-glass techniques and projects
Cut your glass — know how to use a pattern, cut your glass pieces to fit it, and fine-tune your glass shapes
Soldering basics — become a first-class solder master with a healthy and safe work environment
All about warm glass — get introduced to some fun, preformed glass shapes, and go through the basics of firing your glass to fuse the pieces together
Open the book and find:
Hints on different types of glass
Tips for selecting the best tools and materials
Pointers for making a safe work space
Step-by-step instructions for copper-foil and lead-came projects with full-color photos
Additional self-directed project patterns
Suggestions for amazing 3-D crafts
Information and instructions on warm glass techniques
Ten strategies to improve your soldering skills
Set up a work area and select and purchase equipment
Create stunning stained-glass pieces
Make coasters, bowls, and other objects using warm-glass techniques
Discover the artist within
Discover the artist within and create beautiful stained glass
Beautiful stained glass isn't reserved solely for church windows-it can be used to create intricate patterns in home windows, decorate cabinet doors, patio doors, ceilings, skylights, mirrors, lighting fixtures, garden decorations, and much more. Stained Glass For Dummies provides all the information you need to express your creativity and spruce up your home with this timeless art. You'll get a full range of art glass instruction, from traditional leaded stained glass to hot glass-working techniques.
- Gorgeous full-color design throughout
- Includes designs for creating your own stained glass pieces
- Hands-on, easy-to-follow exercises help you perfect your skills
Packed with practical guidance on everything from obtaining supplies to working safely, Stained Glass For Dummies is the perfect guide for beginner and novice artists and artisans who want to try a hand at this centuries-old art.
About the Author
Vicki Payne is one of the best-known names in the art-glass world. For over 15 years she has hosted the popular TV show, Glass with Vicki Payne. Vicki is a frequent and popular guest on a number of HGTV and The Discovery Channel programs as well as various other home improvement and crafting shows. In addition to her work in television, Vicki is an accomplished writer, speaker, educator, and business person.
Table of Contents
Part I: Glass, Glorious Glass.
Chapter 1: Welcome to the World of Glass.
Chapter 2: Getting Started with the Right Tools.
Chapter 3: Setting Up Your Glass-Working Studio.
Part II: Easing Your Way into the Art: Basic Stained-Glass Techniques.
Chapter 4: Designed to Succeed: Working with Patterns and Selecting Your Glass.
Chapter 5: Making the Cut: Glass Cutting 101.
Chapter 6: Grozing and Grinding Glass for a Perfect Fit.
Chapter 7: Soldering Your Way to Well-Jointed Projects.
Part III: Practice Makes Perfect: Stained-Glass Projects Aplenty.
Chapter 8: Creating Copper-Foil Projects.
Chapter 9: Building Leaded-Glass Projects.
Chapter 10: Making a Stained-Glass Box.
Chapter 11: Shedding Some Light with a Basic Panel Lampshade.
Chapter 12: Putting Your New Skills to Work: Project Patterns.
Part IV: Adding a Little Heat to the Mix: Working with Warm Glass.
Chapter 13: Getting Your Studio Ready for Warm Glass.
Chapter 14: Starting Simple with Basic Fusing Techniques.
Chapter 15: Heating Things Up with Some Advanced Fusing Techniques.
Chapter 16: The Art of Shaping Warm Glass.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 17: Ten Strategies to Improve Your Soldering Technique.
Chapter 18: Ten Glass Works You Must Study.