The Basic Stained Glass Tools You Need to Get Started
By [http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Zach_Carson/392466]Zach Carson
The craft of creating items of art from stained glass started centuries ago. We marvel when we see beautiful lamps and stained glass windows and wonder how these wonderful items were made. You will probably be surprised at how easy it actually is to create stained glass items of your own. And the cost to enter this hobby and obtain the stained glass tools you need is surprisingly affordable.
One quick word about safety: Cutting and working with glass is dangerous. Eye protection is a must at all times when you are cutting or grinding glass, and to lower the risk of cuts, be sure to use gloves and other safety gear whenever it is appropriate. This is not a hobby for children.
Glass Cutter - Cutting colored glass into individual shapes and pieces is the heart of this hobby. And there is only one basic tool that you need to accomplish this, a glass cutter. Glass cutters come in a number of different kinds and styles, but any basic glass cutter will work for starters. There are a number of specialty glass cutters that are available as well that do have advantages in special situations, but these are not necessary to get you started.
Pliers - There are basically three types of pliers that you will become familiar with as you work with cutting glass. These are breaking, grozing and running pliers. But for starters, a set of breaking pliers will get you underway.
Glass Grinder - A grinder for smoothing the edges and shaping the glass is indispensable. Even though you can become very proficient at cutting out stained glass shapes, a grinder makes it very easy to accurately shape the piece to exact size.
Soldering Iron - The last main item you need for your set of basic tools is a soldering iron. Once again there are many different types and styles. But any typical 100 watt standard soldering iron will suffice. This along with a supply of 60/40 solder and some flux and you are set to go.
Foil or Lead Came - Depending on the style of project you decide to start with, you will need foil or came.
Glass - And of course you will need a supply of glass. One inexpensive way of learning how to cut glass and to get some practice is to buy a few sheets of inexpensive window glass to try out your new glass cutter on. While the cost of stained glass is reasonable, window glass is very inexpensive by comparison and spending a few dollars in practicing may potentially save you a lot down the road. Glass suppliers offer glass packs along with stained glass kits that will allow you to get a selection of glass for your first project.
These are the most basic tools that you'll need to cut and shape this colorful glass. The pieces that you cut and shape can be made into beautiful lamps, sun catchers, stained glass windows or any other item of stained glass art you want to make. Don't be afraid to give it a try. The physical skills of cutting glass and assembling your project are easily learned. Probably the most important skills you need are patience and tenacity.
Take your time and accurately make your individual pieces, and then the finished project will come out to be a beautiful item you'll be proud of forever.
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