How to Make Stained Glass - Questions and Answers
By [http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Joe_Collinsworth/10178]Joe Collinsworth
When beginning to pursue stained glass making there are a number of stained glass questions that tend to arise as one embarks upon the journey of creating their first stained glass piece.
First, let us say that it is an amazing art that many people enjoy, however one that can be frustrating if you don't have the right guidance.
You can get yourself into a class which is a great way to test your skills, learn how to make a piece of art first-hand, and see if this is the art for you before buying tools and supplies.
However, a class can be a few hundred dollars or more unless you can find a community center or organization that is offering a special introductory course. You can also buy books, DVD's, or join an online community and learn, ask, and answer as you go. It all depends on your learning style.
With that said, here are a number of questions that come up most frequently.
Q: How do I begin creating stained glass? This is a huge open-ended question and why we have made an entire site and community around the subject. Spend some time with us to learn how to make stained glass the right way.
Q: How much does it cost to make stained glass? This answer again is going to depend on many things, however, here is a list of the necessities you will need: tools, supplies, a work area, education, and so forth. It can range anywhere from under a hundred dollars to somewhere in the thousand range.
Q: Should I take a class and is it worth it? Everyone we have spoken with that took a class did not regret it. It is a bit more expensive when you add in tools and other aspects of making stained glass, but as stated above, if that is the best way for you to learn - in a live setting, then it is probably a good idea. Just remember, it is not the only way to learn though.
Q: How do I... do something specific? We get a lot of questions on how to cut glass without having to go to the hospital. How to solder correctly so it comes out looking right. How do I repair a piece, finish, hang, and so forth. All of these specifics are what's covered in any course, book, or website you visit, including ours at Create Stained Glass.
Q: Where do I get patterns? This is a great question as it is one of the initial steps to making a stained glass idea come to life. The beauty is that you can get patterns from all sorts of places both for free or a small cost. Pictures, pattern books, magazines, the web, other people, your kids, and so anywhere that gives you inspiration.
Q: Can I make money selling my art?
This is one of my favorite questions since in this day and age people can't rely on their companies anymore and really want to find a way to produce an income while getting something out of their work. So, the short answer is a resounding yes.
The details are a whole different story as there are many ways to create your art and sell it. There are trade shows, fairs, local store, consignment, auctions, online auctions, your own website, team up with a website like us, and so many ways just to sell your art let alone market it and more.
These are just a few of the broader questions we receive on a consistent basis. Answering these questions are what our website community is all about and why you could write books upon each technique and subject regarding stained glass making.
The beauty of this art is there isn't just one way to make stained glass and you can be as creative as you want! Think big and have fun learning both beginner how to stained glass, plus more advanced techniques as you grow and develop your glass making skills.
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