Tips to Cut Stained Glass and Clean Stained Glass Art

Do you want your stained glass artwork to look clean and professional? Are you getting frustrated with cutting stained glass, scoring, and breaking?

Our tips on cutting stained glass and cleaning stained glass could provide you that extra detail you’ve been looking for.

Cutting, scoring, and breaking stained glass can be a tricky part as you can cut yourself, have to start over, and there are other issues that come up.

Randy, the Glass Wizard, provides his insights on how he cuts and cleans his stained glass pieces.
Let’s not waste time and get right to it…

Tips to Cut Stained Glass Cleanly:

**Warm glass is usually better and easier than cold glass.
**Utilize a flat surface to make life easier when cutting stained glass.
**Don’t use excessive pressure to prevent a bad break.
**Make sure your cutter wheel is in good shape as it tends to wear out quickly.
**Score the pattern line once and DO NOT go over the pattern line.

**Straight cuts:
Score once, then use your running pliers to break the piece. Next, grind the edges to fit in the piece of the pattern.

**Curved cuts:
Once again score only once, then by following the pattern line just on the outside of the score, tap the score until the glass breaks (use the round ball on the opposite side of your breaking tool).

**Next, use your stained glass grinder to file the edges and fit into the pattern piece. Keep in mind when you are marking up your pattern piece, you’ll want to mark on the inside of the line. Plus, always remember to wear your safety glasses as little bits of glass can fly everywhere.

These are just a few great suggestions as there are plenty of strategies for cutting stained glass.

Now on to Cleaning Your Stained Glass Art:

Since you have produced such a beautiful piece of stained glass you want to keep it looking nice, shiny to let the light glow through.

When Randy finishes a piece, he cleans it with a mild soap and warm water. He dries it with a clean soft towel, then applies either finishing compound or car wax to the surface of both sides and wipes it with another clean dry towel.

This gives it’s sparkling shine to the solder and the warm water cleans the glass. We recommend doing this every once and a while to keep your glass art designs looking their best.

Hopefully these stained glass cutting and cleaning tidbits will help you further along if you’re stuck or just searching for that extra bit when creating your stained glass art.

DIY – Stained Glass

Stained glass is fabulous, that is a fact. It can add a lot of luxury and charm to your home. Learning how to make it is not that difficult and you will see how in the following lines.

How to do it yourself.

As you have read stain glass production is a hard thing and you cannot do it at home. However there is an alternative that will allow you to make wonderful stained glass pieces.

The first thing you will need is the pattern. There are many patterns available in the internet so just spend some time and find the one you like the most.

Once you have your pattern number it and cut it apart. As you ca see stained glass is made of various small colored glass pieces so the pattern should correspond to this idea.

The cut and numbered pattern is than traced onto the glass. Use glass of different colors for ach part of the pattern. Break the pattern into pieces and foil them together. When all pieces have been foiled, place them into the assembly jig.

The next step is to solder the pieces together. It is important that you solder all foiled joints to create the metal web that holds the glass pieces. Use solder and soldering iron and fill carefully all joints.

In fact your stained glass project is finished. All you need to do is to clean it using water and a soft cloth. You can also add an ancient look by applying some patina solution after the cleaning.

Fake stained glass.

If the above sounds too complicated or you do not have the time and the tools to achieve it, try some fake stained glass projects. You can get some glass and pint it with glass paints to achieve the look of original stained glass.

You can buy glass paints from every craft shop. Usually they come along several stained glass patterns. If you do not like the patterns provided search for new ones in the internet.

Working with glass paints is not that difficult. All paint glass sets come along a transparent foil that you can place over the pattern and trace it. After the paints are completely dry you should peel of the pattern and stick it to the glass.

Another option is to cut the pattern and trace it on the glass. Than you can pain straight over the glass.

Top 10 Stained Glass Tips – These Stained Glass Tips Will Help You Through the Learning Curve

If you haven’t met Randolph yet that is b/c you don’t know the world of stained glass.
He is the “man” when it comes to making stained glass and offers the best stained glass tips in the biz.

A beginner’s challenge when making stained glass is always the frustrations of making that first piece. We have seen people quit before their first stained glass art creation is made.

Don’t let that happen to you. This article lists a number of our stained glass tips that we have followed or learned from other stained glass tips experts…

After finishing a few projects, I thought I might throw out some do’s and don’ts as you venture into your first stained glass project…

Again, these tips are not all ours. They were compiled from other stained glass enthusiasts who wanted to share their wisdoms with beginners. We must agree with them all…

1. Practice cutting and breaking on clear scrap glass first. Ask your local hardware store what they do with their scraps. They usually will give this away for FREE if you ask.

2. Cut as accurate as possible-this will save a bunch of time and wear on your grinder/grinding bits. Not to mention less wasted glass that could better be used on another project. Obviously this is a no-brainer so just keep at it and perfect practice makes perfect.

3. Learn to use your grozier pliers – same reason as above and it’s a good skill to have, plus we find it more soothing. You will be amazed at what you can do with these pliers.

4. Proper attire and safety gear is importante. Glass will be flying everywhere and you will want to protect your eyes and body. Remember you are working with glass and various tools.

5. Be sure to hold on tight to your pieces as you don’t want to bust your butt working on shaping and cutting only to have it shatter on the floor.

6. Visit forums and groups and learn from other stained glass masters as you embark on your journey to creating your first few pieces. If you want to know which ones have the ultimate experts, you can sign up for our newsletter to get our resource lists.

7. Take your time with each step. Each phase of the stained glass process is important so this is one of our biggest stained glass tips.

8. Have Fun because making stained glass is just that. Don’t give up and get frustrated. It is a rewarding and enjoyable hobby if you make it that way.

9. Learn more and keep on going. Once you make a few pieces you will only get better. Be sure you stay up to date on the techniques that will take your stained glass making to the next level. Of course that is where we come in.

10. Turn your hobby into a business. This is not a necessary one of our stained glass tips, but I have met people time and time again that wished they knew how to make their passions into a money-making venture. Trust me when I say there is a need for your craft.

This is just a start and only a few of Randolph’s stained glass tips. Give us a chance to teach you all he knows by visiting our website and signing up for our FREE newsletter which provides all the tips/techniques you’ll need.