Stained Glass Making Equipment
The equipment necessary for making stained glass pieces include pattern shears, goggles, a glass cutter, high-quality oil, copper foil and a soldering iron. Gather the essential tools of the trade with helpful instruction from an experienced glass artist in this free video on glasswork.
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Okay, we're going to go through a quick synopsis of all the tools you need for successfully making some stained glass projects. First you're going to need glass. Notice I have a pattern on my light table because I'm a pattern cutter on a light table. Always remember to wear your goggles. Most of the tools that I've just mentioned can be purchased at your local craft store and any stained glass store in your area or online. Glass cutter; a carbide cutter with it's bobble head; a nice oil that you can purchase at your stained glass company and a dropper for filling your glass cutter. This is what we call a pencil cutter with an oil reservoir; a carbide swiveling head. This is a pistol grip or I like to call it a hand cutter and it's a great grip cutter for people who really feel like they need to have that extra bit of pressure. You might have a little bit of arthritis or you're just not use to tools. This handy tool will get any of the rough edges off of your glass. You have a wall of copper foil here for copper foiling your stained glass piece which you will then want to put some flax on and solder with either 60/40 or 50/50 solid coarse solder. When they're all done with your piece; after you're done soldering with this soldering iron that I chose because I just happen to like the way that one feels in my hand; it's not too heavy. This is a soldering iron stand which is great for just being able to let soldering iron linger. I can wipe it off with handy wet sponge and when I'm finish with my piece if I want to, I can use a pair of lead nippers to cut some lead for the outside edge for a beautiful finished look and then, last but not least, the most important is you're black or copper patina finishes your piece; allowing your glass to shine through beautifully. Remember, these are just my choices. Whatever works for you is the right tool for you. And that's all the glass cutting tools for making a successful stained glass piece.