Acquiring Your Stained Glass Materials
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There is nothing prettier than a stained glass window with the sun shining through it. It glitters, glows, and adds allure to any building. Of course, not many buildings have stained glass windows in them, because windows like these are extremely expensive. They take hours and hours of dedicated craftsmanship to build, and the labor-intense process they require tend to make them cost more than most people can afford to spend. A lot of people are so enchanted by these lovely windows and other stained glass pieces, however, that it is becoming more popular for them to learn to make their own windows. You will find classes all over America where you can learn the necessary skills. Then, all you'll need will be the requisite stained glass materials.
There are dozens of types of glass you can use in your creations in all different colors, textures, and designs. Actually, these decorative pieces of glass aren't as expensive as you might think. You can get 8 x 12" sheets in a whole spectrum of colors for between $5 and $10 per sheet. Prior to starting your project, you'll need to decide what colors and designs you might like to have in it. You can buy modern glass, translucent glass, antique-looking glass, iridescent glass, and transparent glass, to name a few. By browsing online you'll be able to see the vast array of glass you can choose from so that any project you attempt can look just perfect.
In addition to glass, you will need either lead or copper foil. These materials come as the solder which you will use to glue your window, lampshade, or other project together. There are also a number of tools you can buy to make your job easier. These include:
* Glass pliers
* Glass cutters
* Lead working tools: mallet, knife, straightener, shears, etc.
* Foil working tools: crimper, hand foiler, foil shears
* Safety equipment: safety goggles, gloves for handling broken glass, bandaids
Once you have your pattern and have assembled all the necessary stained glass materials, you'll be ready to get started on a stained glass creation to grace your home. Don't be surprised if before long you have friends asking you to make pieces for them, too.
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