>: I'm new to this news group and stained glass. Could someone please
>: E-mail me with the best method and tool for cutting glass.
>I thought that I would jump in here. I also am new to this group. I have
>been watching some rather heated discussions for about a week now.
Don't get discouraged if you get flamed/cut off/put down here by
"professionals". The newsgroup name rec.crafts.glass, is what this is
supposed to be. There is a mix of ForFun/ForProfit people here.
To your original question, about cutting glass. You didn't say
whether or not you can cut plain (non-art) glass yet. I was fortunate
enough to have access to a really nice teacher who doesn't try to sell
unnecessary crud, but likes time-saving/safety tools. I've spoken to
many people who were less than satisfied with their teachers.
Remember to ALWAYS wear safety glasses -- there are great looking ones
with comfortable "glasses" style earpiecesavailable now : )
If you are just learning to cut glass, you will probably want to hold
off on buying a $20-$35 cutter right now. You're more likely to mess
up the head right now ($15-$20 replacement), besides then you'll
really appreciate it more later. You'll need cutting oil, and a small
jar to dip the cutter in.
If you haven't already, start out cutting plain (clear non-art) glass.
There is a wide variety of "art glass" out there with varying levels
of difficulty. One of the easiest types to cut on is the smooth side
of "glue chip" glass. This comes in a wide variety of colors, and is
about the cheapest artglass you can find. I don't like to waste
anything, and since the wispy, lacey look lent itself to the "angel
look", I made dozens of "angel bodies" for xmas ornaments. Good
practice for cuting inside and outside curves -- not to mention lots
of gifts. I also got a pattern for a 3-piece humming bird for a
change of pace. I found a "s***bin" of a wide variety of art
glass. I went to town cutting angels and hummers.
Be careful of picking a "harder to cut" style of glass until you've
successfully cut it for small projects. My first small panel project
was a cardinal sitting on branch. After cutting everything else out
of really easy to cut glass, I was feeling very sure of myself. I
wanted to make the two leaves out of some lovely green s***uroboros.
It was so bumpy, and I kept pressing too *** it, and I kept
breaking the leaves in half. That really humbled me. I went back to
the s***bin and bought all of the really neat green glass. I
finally got those two little leaves cut out, but they probably took as
much time and effort as the entire rest of the project. I look back
on that and laugh now; because, I know that right now I could have
both of those cut out and ground in a couple of minutes.
I returned to the s***bin with a determination to be able to learn
to "cut anything". I'm really glad I did that. Besides having many
nice little gifts, I learned the degree of cutting expertise the
different glass requires. Now I know whether or not I am up to
cutting a deep inside curve on a particular type of glass.
>I write software for big mainframe computers all day. I don't know much
>about the internet or chatrooms. Oh yes, I do dabble with stained glass.I
>am working on a pair of Frank Lloyd Wright lamps that I saw in a picture
>of the Chaney house of Oak Park.
> I have no intention of selling anything.
>This is my hobby. If I had to price
>things then it would be too much like work.
Yeah, I hear you. Hobbies are supposed to be fun. I think my work
should be too, but I find that sometimes it's too much like work.