: > hi all.....
: > new to glass crafting. working on a mosaic with glass s***from a
: > stained
: > glass shop.
: > or should I just plan on laying in some major bandaids?
: First off.. Get out of the Kitchen! Glass bits will fly everywhere and
: they have their own "sense" of direction. If there is a small hole in
: your workshirt or sneaker or whatever, the glass will find it. That also
: means it will find your cooking utensils, glasses, cups, etc.
Oh. actually its my kitchen nook table ....but I think next time I'll put
some newspaper down to catch the glass that hits the floor. or a cloth or
: Secondly..After you have left your kitchen and have taken over the
: garage or cellar or spare room, lay some old carpet on the floor,
: something ugly (keeps visitors out) to catch those little glass bits and
: also to catch your flux, solder, and other chemicals that you WILL spill
: sooner or later. In this area make a nice little work table. (A 4x8
: plywood sheet on 2x4's works wonders)
OK. I'm not working with solder and stuff- I'm doing glass mosaics and
then grouting it. I'm not ready for all the chemicals and metal type
stuff. I'd take a class before I even tried that. OK. so I'll try to fit
another table in my office. neat trick...sigh. or next time I'll go to the
shop and work, or buy one of those boards with the waffle tops that seems
to catch falling glass snips.
: Third.. NEVER slid your hand on the work table, even with a cloth. Use a
: Dust Brush! also never slid your hands on the edge of the glass
dust brush added to shopping list.
: Fourth.. Practice with your tools to eliminate the sharp edges on the
: glass. Cut up a bunch of s***(clear glass from old windows will give
: you plenty of "flaired" edges. Especially if you use an old cutter..It's
: good practice)
please explain flaired edges to me....and I have a new cutter- I just
bought one of those self-oiling jobbies....
: Fifth.. Yeah, keep bandaids around till you learn.
: and last.. Get an apron for using chemicals like patina (copper patina
: just loves to eat small holes in your pants and therefore gives those
: bits of glass a target).
I have an apron and I think I'll wear it next time just in case.
: Good Luck and if you have anymore questions just ask away. There's lots
: of good help in this group.
: Lee Althouse
: Althouse Stained Glass