Beginning Stained Glass - Tips For Successfully Creating Your First Projects
By [http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Carol_Viau/848408]Carol Viau
Creating beautiful stained glass art may seem like an impossible dream. But you may be surprised to know that it is possible for you to learn the basics skills for this traditional craft.
Why would anyone attempt to create a stained glass project? Some people want to create a beautiful piece for a dramatic change in decor; others might like to give a special gift that is more meaningful than a store-bought item. Also, it is definitely more affordable than buying someone else's work. So if you admire beautiful stained glass items at craft stores then why not try it yourself? If you take the time to learn the skills then it is possible to create beautiful art to sell, give to friends or treasure in your own home for many years to come.
To ensure that your first project is not your last then it is important to know a few tips. First of all, choose a stained glass class carefully. Be wary of classes where you find people whose job is to sell you as much glass and equipment as they can. You should be able to find a course that will teach you how to make your own project in the simplest and most affordable way.
It is a good idea to buy quality tools. Avoid buying "hobbyist" tools. They are less expensive but not nearly as durable as professional tools. Once you begin creating with stained glass it may become addictive! Get a few good quality tools that will last you for the long run.
Before you go shopping for glass for your project make sure you know just how much glass you need and in which colors. If you only require a few colors in opal glass then it might be possible to buy one sheet with a mix of different colors. Make sure to check the color of the glass by holding it up to a light source. Stained glass can look very different when illuminated so check before you buy!
Having a good pattern makes it a lot easier to create a stained glass project. When starting out look for patterns with fewer pieces in large shapes with mostly straight edges. Cutting sharp curves and small pieces can be tricky, so leave that to the time when your skill increases.
You might think that stained glass isn't something you could make. It may seem difficult and time-consuming. Think again! Many amateurs practice this art and all it took was a bit of time and persistence. With determination you can build a solid foundation of skills and knowledge. One upon which you'll continue to build as long as you enjoy this wonderful craft.
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