Tips for making stained glass
- Take your time - Each phase of the stained glass process is important.
- Practice cutting and breaking on scrap glass first. Ask your local glazier what they do with their scraps. They will probably give you scraps for free.
- Take your time and cut as precisely as you can - this saves a lot of time as well as wear on your grinder, not to mention less wasted glass - practice makes perfect.
- Take time to learn to use your grozier pliers – the more use them the better your finish will be.
- Put your safety and comfort first – glass is sharp, and you will be dealing with razor edges, small particles, and big shards. Wear sensible gear, and goggles.
- Keep a tight grip on the piece of glass you are working on – if you drop it, it is likely to shatter on the floor.
- Find an expert and learn from them – join a group, or find an online forum – when you get stuck, have someone you can ask for help from.
- Have fun and keep on going. Once you get started you can only get better. This is an enjoyable thing to do – if you find you are getting frustrated, then lower your sights a little. Your first effort will not be as good as your next, and you will learn from your experience.