This beautiful piece of artwork was made by my very talented Mother-in-Law. It is a precious reminder to me of the importance of hope.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was time to pursue every hobby? I can vaguely remember making a stained glass vase in girl scouts many years ago, and I remember really enjoying the whole process. I’m sure it’s something I would still enjoy doing, but then I would need about fifty rooms in my house, each one devoted to a different hobby. It seems that nearly every hobby comes with a lot of gear. Just to get started with stained glass you would need, naturally, some glass and a glass cutter. To put it all together you would need, at minimum, a soldering iron, solder, copper foil, and tape. There are several dozen more items that, if you were serious about your stained glass, you would need to really perfect your craft. The best way to get started might be to take a class, like my mother-in-law did. Then the materials would be provided, as well as some expert instruction.
A great book for someone wanting to get started on their own is Basic Stained Glass Making by Eric Ebeling (editor), Michael Johnston (stained glass expert), and Alan Wycheck (photograper). It provides patterns for several beginner projects, as well as detailed instruction on how to complete each project. The great pictures of the tools you will need would be very helpful as well.
Do you make stained glass? Do you love stained glass? I would love to see your comments!