Suggestions For Creating Your Stained Glass Hobby Work Space
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Probably one of the the most persuading aspects of entering into the hobby of working with stained glass is that the cost of entry is quite low. The cost of the basic equipment and tools that you need to get started is much less than lots of other hobbies.
With just a few tools as well as some supplies it is simple to start to learn how easy it is for you to make beautiful stained glass windows, lamps and other items. Here are a few hints and tips on how you can set up a great working area for your projects without spending lots of money.
To begin with, choose a sturdy clutter-free surface from which to work. Many people would rather work with stained glass supplies while sitting rather than standing. Make sure your work table is stable and strong enough. Don't use a wobbly folding table.
For best results, find a piece of fiberboard or other cork like material to give yourself a firm but somewhat cushioned work area. This makes it easier to work with the glass and will allow you to use push tacks and pins when you are working with your patterns.
Set yourself up with access to water so that you have it ready at hand when you're working. You'll need water for washing and cleaning the glass, and your powered grinder or ring saw will need water to operate. If you don't have a tap near by, make sure you keep a few gallons of water on hand to wash away any chemicals you might use and glass dust.
When you cut and break stained glass you will create a lot of small chips and tiny pieces of glass that can build up on your work area and lodge in corners and cracks. Be sure you have got a pair of safety glasses or goggles and put them on when cutting or breaking glass. Get yourself a bench brush and dust pan to use to dry sweep all these small pieces away and to keep the work area clean. Little bits of glass that get stuck in your hands or fingers can be very painful.
Be sure that the area where you work is properly ventilated. When you're using flux and solder you should make every effort not to breath the fumes. The lead found in solder and in the lead came for stained glass window kits is a toxic material. Make sure that the lead and lead particles don't come in contact with food or into any areas where you prepare it.
Setup your work area with effective lighting and access to electrical power for your soldering iron and other equipment. Keep some rags and other cleaning supplies readily available to enable you to cleanup and keep things neat. Set aside a cabinet or drawer stack to hold your equipment and tools when not in use. If you are using stained glass kits and start with larger pieces of glass, find a safe place to keep the glass. Make sure it is securely kept away from young children and pets.
With a little bit of thinking ahead, it's easy to get organized and safely set things up to get started with your stained glass hobby. Preparing in advance to make a spot to do your projects will make it more convenient for you to learn and you will see results faster. Get your work area set up correctly and you'll be ready to go.
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