Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Getting Close to publishing our DVD

I couldn't have done it without a lot of help from friends. Ammon Ehrisman did almost all of the production. But when he was getting ready to move, he just ran out of time and washed his hands of the project. I can't say that I blame him, because it really took a long time to get this project complete. His website is He does excellent work and I wish him well in his ventures.

After Ammon left, Micheal Drebot took a crack at getting the video in shape for publication. He was going to do more, but the guy who was expert in Adobe editing first wanted too much money and then moved. But Micheal did get it into the format that we sold for awhile. Micheal's website is

Finally, I persuaded Cammon Randle of CopperRain to help with the video. He took pity on me and did work for a fraction of his normal charges. He cleaned up some problems with the video and then created "chapters" on the DVD so that people can easily skip from one spot to the next. His website is

To get the great artwork for the DVD, we did it ourselves several times and then we turned to the talents of Mark Ishii. He was able to help us come up with a more professional look while keeping the ideas we had that were good. His website is He really was a big help and we feel the money spent was worth it.

So finally, we're publishing the DVD and it will be sold on Amazon, another electronic store and our own site But it's not there yet, we have to send the DVD via mail to the production company. But we do expect to see it for sale by the end of January (which to me is record time!)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

How To Sandblast Stained Glass

Sandblasting stained glass requires as much pre-planning as any other stained glass project. Select your glass and your pattern before starting.

Sand carving glass is a great decorative method when you need more detail than is easy in conventional stained glass. Sign lettering is a good example. Also it's a good way to get paint to stick to glass, see The Painted Leaf project.

Click here to read the entire article.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Art Show

I've got to admit that I was getting tired just before the Art show. We had to handhold and babysit several of our artist friends. I even told the director of shows at the Covey Center that I wasn't ever going to do this again (meaning being in charge of all the artists). She said something like, "Until next year."

I balked at the idea until things started coming together and by the 5th, the night of the opening of the show, I was starting to feel pretty good about things. So now I'm recharged and we're thinking about what the show next year will be about. We're even planning pieces of art for it.

If you happen by the Covey Center for the Arts, located at 425 West Center Street in Provo, Utah, you ought to stop by and see the show. They are open from 10 to 5, Monday through Friday and then have additional hours in the evenings and Saturdays when other events are scheduled. It will be going through January 2nd.

To see pictures of the show, you just need to go to and find me and look at the photos. While you're there, become my friend!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The December Newsletter

We add a new article every month, this month we teach How To Trim And Cut A Stained Glass Panel That's Too Long. It's a technique that you don't need often, but when you do need comes in handy!

You'll need to click on the link to read the article.

Don't miss the Show at the Covey Center For The Arts..if you're anywhere close. It will be ongoing From December 5th till January 2nd. Learn More at or call the Ticket Office for Information: 801-852-7007 to know times and dates. We'll be displaying several pieces and many of our friends are in the show.
Plan to visit the artists at the reception on Dec 5th from 7pm to 9 pm.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Getting Ready For An Art Show

We are working on preparations for an art show in December at The Covey Center For The Arts. Usually, we just work on the art and someone else puts the show together, but we did a show last year at the center, so we didn't have enough new work to carry the whole thing. So we deceided to invite friends who are artists to be in the show.

Have you ever noticed that many very creative people are also very flaky? You would think that at least artists who make a living at their art would be somewhat organized, but that isn't the case.

I called several friends to see why they hadn't responded to the invitation. The answer? Oh I opened that e-mail but didn't have time to read it!

Then there were the worriers, what kind of art can it be, how big should it be, what medium should I use, can it be mixed media, where is it, detail, detail and more detail? On and on, I just want to say call me when you make a decision.

It's been really fun to work out the problems. We've lined up some really wonderful pieces. And the show will really be great!

The official name of the show is “A Collective Season Of Joy”. It will run from December 5th to December 29th, 2008. And if you want to meet the artists, you should come to it on the 5th, same day as the gallery stroll downtown. There will be refreshments that evening. It's at The Covey Center For The Arts, 425 West Center Street, Provo, Utah 84601

How To Put Metal Around An Octagon Shaped Panel

We sometimes find it useful to put 1/8" "U" zinc around a panel. It can be used as a permanent frame on panels where the gap between pieces of glass on the edge are less than 5" apart. One of the things we find 1/8" metal useful for is in strengthening a panel with a weak design that we have to ship off for someone else to install. The 1/8" zinc adds enough extra to keep the panel from "folding" up. Click here to read the rest of the article with pictures.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Internet Hide and Seek

In the movie "Field Of Dreams" a voice whispers from the fields that says, "If you build it, they will come." And that was my belief a long time ago when I first created a web site. I thought that if I made a web site that was full of good information, people who were interested in stained glass would find it and we would build a community of stained glass enthusiasts.

But unfortunately, that hasn't been the case. The search engines, Google, Yahoo and Ask are the resources that Internet users have to find web sites and information. You would think that it would be easy for these engines to find your website and realize that it is so good, lots of people will want to see it.

But then competition enters the picture. See, everybody else thinks their website is the best. So the engines have to figure out ways to rank the websites they find and figure which ones people find useful. They do a pretty good job. It becomes a kind of popularity contest.

The popular become popular and the obscure stay obscure. So we hired an SEO (search engine optimization) company and they took money from us for a year. Our popularity is the same as it was before.

But the other day I realized that I must be doing something right. Even though very few people seem to be visiting our web sites (27,380 and 23,321 and 4,168) I am starting to get a lot more junk e-mail. This means that someone found my e-mail address and put in on a junk list. So, someone's finding us!

How To Cut A Tight Curve In Stained Glass

This technique works with tight curves.

These are pieces of glass where the curve is radical enough that the tips of the glass break off using conventional here to read the comple article with pictures

Saturday, October 04, 2008

October-The Magic Begins

I just LOVE October. The temperature starts to change! The studio has a crisp, clean feeling. It's more fun to be out in the studio building works of art and we begin to look forward to the holiday trifecta, first Halloween, then Thanksgiving and finally Christmas. We hear the little clicks of the Kiln warming up as we cook another creation and we smell the rain outside the studio.

And so, we begin to turn towards the making of ornaments and gifts, all of which can be beautifully made in stained glass. If you haven't already made the Ornaments listed on our website, resolve to try them this year. You can find them at
The more we do ..the more fun we have ..The more fun we have ..The more we want to do..

Thursday, September 04, 2008

How To Cut Stained Glass Without A Pattern

To cut a window without using a pattern will save you a good deal of time if the design is fairly simple.

This technique works best when the glass being cut is very translucent. Opaque glass requires a light box and a pattern with very dark lines to be able to use this technique.
to read the rest of this on the link on the title

Monday, August 04, 2008

How To Clean Corrosion Off Of Stained Glass

Look carefully at many stained glass windows and you can see that there corrosion is on the edge of the soldered lead line. This leads us to believe that most corrosion is caused by flux or patina which slowly leaks out from under the lead over time.

There are likely other causes of corrosion. Salt water in the air near the ocean may be a cause and there may even be some type of mold that can form on lead, but this fix will work on all of those causes.
to read the rest of this on the link on the title

Thursday, July 03, 2008

How To Build A Jig To Help Cut Bevels

When creating stained glass, it comes in handy to be able to use tools to cut multiple pieces so they are uniform each time. It's quite easy to create a jig for cutting beveled stained glass, and it can be used for years. A jig is a fixture that can be used to speed up repetitive tasks.

Start with a small board and a piece of wood strip for the strip cutter edge. It should be the same size as the strip you install on your work bench, only shorter (the length of the board for the jig). The cleat is approximately 3/4" X 1-1/2".

Put some glue on the strip before attaching the strip.
to read the rest of this on the link on the title

Pricing Stained Glass

Before I could write this article, I had to do some serious soul searching, because this information is a trade secret. So I had to ask myself if I really believe all that stuff about competition being a bad illusion and do I believe there's really enough for all..if so, I could go on with the article. So here it is, a testament to the fact that I DO believe my own philosophies......

Of all the questions that I get from new stained glass artists, the one that is most often asked and probably the most important is, "How do you price stained glass?"

And there is no easy answer, because we are all coming from a different place. The home hobbyist who has no overhead doesn't have to charge as much as the struggling artist who has to pay for materials and utilities and studio space. Established studios need to cover employee benefits and often have miscommunication which leads to re-work.

So how do we value glass work? In our studio, we've come up with a formula that has been tweaked over time. When we started back in 1983, a friend in the business charged $3 for each piece of glass in a window and we figured that we could make a living at that level. After we moved to Utah and discovered that the cost of living was so much higher, we first tried to price glass at $5 per piece and then went to $10 per piece. When metals doubled and shipping costs began to rise we once again shifted our pricing upwards. Each time we've raised the price of stained glass, we've had to get used to the new price. When I first charged $10 per piece, I felt very selfish and greedy, but as time went on and we found that our profits were only modest and not unfair, the price seemed right. Now, if I were to charge that price, I would feel the client was getting a tremendous deal!

Today, July 2008, we charge $15 for each piece of glass in a window. We don't worry about material costs, the formula covers all costs. We don't worry how big the window is or how little the pieces are. If we do multiples of the same design or designs that require no pattern, we often offer a discount, the wholesale rate, which is half the retail price.

With this formula we are able to easily estimate the material costs of a window, they will be 10 to 20% of the retail price of the panel. And when material costs once again rise up above that 20% mark, we'll know it's time to raise prices again.


We do make mistakes at times. Jeanne and I were recently measuring a window for a woman. She had called and described a geometric design she wanted for $400 and when we got there she was talking about an art glass panel. And she still only wanted to pay $400. I began to explain how art glass results in much more waste of glass and would have gone on building value into the art glass price, when Jeanne said, "I think we could build it for that price." So we did. That piece should have been $2000 and I had heartburn all the time it was in our shop, so we just built it as fast as we could so we wouldn't have to think about it. After all was said and done, we broke even on the piece, so at least we didn't lose on it!


A word about the philosophy of pricing. We aren't solely motivated by money. We could choose many, many different businesses to go into which would pay us handsomely for our labor. If money is your goal, you really ought to consider a different endeavor because even the most successful of stained glass artists only achieve a modest bank account.

That said, there are a couple of reasons that you need to charge enough. First and foremost, if you don't make a profit, you can't buy more glass. I have to admit, a new pallet of glass really motivates me to work hard and complete a project. It sometimes seems that every extra dime we make goes toward expanding our palette and supply of glass.

Second, if you sell too cheap, you cheapen the industry. Cheap sun catchers sprinkled around home improvement centers get people in the mindset that stained glass is a cheap commodity, not a piece of art. Contrast that to the impact that a well priced, prominent work of art in a civic center adds to the perception and value of stained glass art as a whole. When we as a community cheapen the art, we lose. When we as a community of artists add value to the art, all stained glass art becomes more valuable.

It's one of the reasons that we try to stay away from sun catchers and gifty, throwaway items and we concentrate on pieces that become part of the homes and business they go into, becoming treasured heirlooms that enhance the value of their setting.

We never, ever compete on price with another artist. In fact, if we have a client who wants to get competitive bids from several artists, I usually don't bother giving them a bid, even though our studio prices tend to be 25% lower than other studios. You may wonder why I have this attitude. I just don't like to be thrown into a competitive arena. We do good work. We provide exceptional value. And there is enough work out there (even in hard times) that there is enough to go around. So I would rather spend my time creating beautiful works rather than bidding on lowest cost projects. The few times we've gotten into competition on a project, even though we got the job, the victory was hollow. We didn't get paid the right price, the work wasn't satisfying and the joy just wasn't there. Besides that, there are many times when those bidding wars result in no one getting the job. They often decide that window glass would be cheaper!

There is a tendency in the art world to get a twinge of jealousy going when we see others work. We compare our work to theirs, think how we would have done it better and wish that we had gotten a chance to do that project. But if we get outside ourselves and feel joy for the success of the artist who did the work and realize that they are contributing to the community consciousness of art glass, then we'll feel the right way towards the art of others. We may even make some new friends!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Stained Glass and Diabetes

In 1983 I started a stained glass studio. Sometime in the first year, Alice came into the studio and asked if I thought she could do stained glass. She confided that she had diabetes and it kept her from doing some things. I gave her a simple glass cutting test which she did well and pronounced her able to do stained glass. Her husband got interested and the two of them had a great deal of fun building beautiful stained glass for their home.

Years later, I discovered that I had diabetes and it explained many troubling things in my life. I had a tendency to get colds and they lasted for a VERY long time which led to a mental fog or even depression. That had led to being undependable at work. All that time, I had thought I was a bad employee and it was partly a problem brought on by a medical condition.

Knowing that I was diabetic let light into my life. I could learn to live with and manage the problem. So when my boss asked me to come back to work for him (after being laid off twice) I turned him down. I had started back into the stained glass business, first part-time and then full-time. I knew that this was the solution to my erratic behavior. As my own boss, I find that I can get in 8 hours or more a day. Sometimes my day starts early, at a normal time and sometimes my day doesn't start till noon, but I can get the hours I need in.

When I'm having a bad week, I don't go on sales calls. Knowing that I have a medical condition allows me to let go of a lot of negative self talk.

I learned that I had diabetes in 2003 and have to visit the doctor regularly. This month, June 2008, I discovered that there is a weekly show for diabetics on CNBC. It's called DLIFE and it's quite good. Imagine, a show where you actually watch all the commercials because they have information you want to know! And It's been on the air for 3 years! How could I have missed it for that long?

If you know someone with diabetes, you should send them to watch CNBC and have them go to the website it's another resource for dealing with diabetes and they will be impressed with all the famous people who are sucessfully dealing with this disease.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Movie Recommend

What does that have to do with stained glass? Well, sometimes, even though it's fun and even though we have good projects running, we hit a bump in the road. This month, our finances have scraped the road a couple of times and our bank, Wells Fargo isn't going to be our bank much longer because they make things worse for us. (Don't get me started!)

So, to avoid the wretched feeling that being temporarily broke gives me, I watched a movie.

Elizabethtown is a great movie! I had no preconceived ideas about it, no idea what it was about. The soundtrack is great! When it was over, I said, "No Wonder," when I saw who wrote and directed it.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

New Video Links

With the help of Cammon at CopperRain, we now have a YouTube account. What this means is that now when you click the links on our home page, and scroll down to the video/media links, you can actually play the video clips.

You can try it by clicking on the title of this article.

Wondering If I Need More Friends

Yesterday, Jeanne and Katherine went camping, an overnighter. It's a funny thing, I go to the store by myself all the time, but somehow, when everybody's gone at home, I feel alone, strange!

So, since I was alone, I thought I might as well finish that tiling job in the bathroom. I called Christopher and told him I needed a friend, with a grout trowel. But he had loaned it to someone and he had a ball game to go to.

So, I either need a backup friend or a new stained glass project.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Learning To Use A T-Square Cutter

In our June Newsletter article I wrote about using a T-square cutter. They really are a great tool. They aren't an absolute necessity for a beginner, but they make things so much easier, that if you plan to do many windows at all, they are a great investment.

I'm making a break here, I used to post the whole article, but if you're interested in the whole article, you'll be better off clicking on the link at the top and reading the article with all of the photos.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

How To Cut Stained Glass #1 May 2008

To learn to cut stained glass, it's helpful to begin with the proper tools. We start with a good quality glass cutter.
First, know that a hardware store glass cutter isn't good enough. Why, you ask? Because the wheel isn't carbide, it's steel, so it doesn't last long and because the wheel is ground to score window glass, but not all the hardness/brittleness ratings that you'll encounter cutting stained glass.

Click the link on the title of this entry to go to the illustrated version of this article.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Two Kinds Of People

Have you ever noticed that there are two distinct kinds of people? The first group is suspicious of others and secretive and the second group is open and generous. Jeanne and I have discussed this phenomenon several times. Have you ever noticed that as people get old, they either get nicer or meaner.

We finally decided that the reason for this is that people either believe that it's a "dog eat dog" world where we're all in competition for any little scrap, or they are open because they believe that there is enough for everyone, that there will always be enough for all.

People in the competitive frame of mind are secretive because they suspect that everyone is out to steal all their secrets and take away their business. So stained glass artists in that group are unlikely to help others to learn the trade. They jealously guard against losing their trade secrets, forgetting that somehow they were trained by others to learn what they know. Maybe they had to steal what they know and that's why they are so afraid that others want to steal from them.

The people we like are those who believe that there is an abundance in life, that the universe was created along such rules that when we as, we receive and that there is enough for all. They remember that others helped them to learn their trade and were willing to share with them, so they are willing and often anxious to share with others.
We are not so naive that we don't recognize that we can't share everything! We don't reveal those things that took us a long time to develop or make us more competitive in the market place. These are not secrets as much as they are "trade secrets." A drug company that works on a new formula would be foolish to reveal it to their competitors before it was patented. So, there's a time and a place for everything, but Jeanne and I both feel that it's better to be more generous. We believe that generous people are rewarded with generosity from the universe.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Another Happy Install

It is so much fun to go on certain installs. When the client is there and thrilled with our work, it really is fun. Yesterday, we installed three transom windows. Cindi really liked them, we know this because she kept repeating every sentence three times. "I love it, love it, love it." "They look better than I imagined, they really look better than I imagined they would, I can't believe it, they look so much better than I ever imagined!"

It really was fun for us to see and hear her reaction. We try not to do installs, because they take up so much time and many times it's better handled by those who have the tools. That's why we never install insulated units, we let professional installers we work with do the installs.

The great thing about working with Cindi is that she knew what she wanted, she was decisive on her decisions and when we delivered early, she was so happy. She is one of those 80% customers who are easy to work with, love the design, love the price, everything goes so smoothly that the job is easy. The only drawback is that because everything goes so smoothly, you almost forget these type of clients easily. It's the ones that make life miserable for you that we remember. Why is that?

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Salmon Swim Upstream

Every day, the news is full of bleak reports of economic downturns. The bad stories and negative images is enough to make a person give up hope (that's why they called it the Great DEPPRESSION). With the trials that the building trades have experienced, I confess that I’ve even given thought to taking work as a tech writer again and putting stained glass on part-time.

But, successful people advise that when times are tough, there is greater opportunity. It's a time when the weak players are shaken out and the way is clear for innovative companies to succeed and forge new paths.

Salmon swim upstream, we can too! So, even though we're late, we went ahead and mailed off our application (and fees) so we can be an official part of the Parade Of Homes this year. We've been in homes three of the last four years, but we've never felt prepared to make the $450 commitment to actually join the homebuilders association. But, since we want to be Salmon and not guppies, we went ahead and joined.

We're also working on mailings to send out to potential clients. I've bought some lists so I better start sending something out!

Now these two little baby steps may sound small, but the only real money we've ever spent on advertising has been on yellow page ads and an on-line web program that didn't really do us any good. So these activities could far out-stretch our previous efforts.

Last year we made less money than the year before, but we were working on a donated project which took a lot of our earnings time away. I think if we buckle down and really market ourselves, we'll either get results or find new ways to get results.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

How To Shorten A Stained Glass Panel

I felt like a transom window I was building was wrong, but each time I checked the measurements we took, they were right on. When we showed up to deliver the windows, it was obvious that it was too long. So I had to shorten it to fit.

To go to the article with all the pictures, click on the link on the title of this entry.

Friday, March 21, 2008

How Did That Happen?

Ever ask yourself that? There are times you ask and you really have no idea. Most of the time when unexpected things come up, we know right away what went wrong. “Oh, I forgot to tell you not to paint the fence when the wind is blowing.”

The other day, we delivered some windows to a client and one was way too big. The client asked, “How did that happen?” I didn’t have an answer. I had thought several times when I was making the window, “Is this really how long this window is?” It seemed too long, but I went back and checked our measurements and it was supposed to be that big.

When we discovered the problem, we took back the window to shorten it 40” and we checked our measurement. Yep, we wrote down that is was 84, not 44. Jeanne immediately took the blame, “It’s my handwriting, so I screwed up!” Then I pointed out that I was reading the tape measure and I could have read it out wrong, so there was really no way to determine who was to blame.

I used to be really ready to assign blame, but I’m actively trying to overcome that habit. Who cares who made the mistake, we still have to fix it and we’re both aware of what happened, so we’ll be vigilant to try to avoid the same thing in the future. A friend told me that when he measures. He first takes all measurements in inches, then he re-measures in feet and inches. This way he has two sets of numbers and when a question comes up, he can verify that they are both the same length. If not, he can pinpoint the fact that there really is a problem.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Big Switch

I have been interested in reading the sites of several family members and the other day I decided to really get more serious about the way I blog. In the past I've divided up my blog into this site which houses copies of the newsletter I write and my “Stained Glass Artists Survival Guide.” I realize that this really impacts my writing. I can only blog about Stained Glass and I have to divide everything between two sites.

So I’m going to put all my posts here, because it’s more about my life. All my adventures are Stained Glass Adventures.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

How To Rebuild A Leaded Glass Window -Mar 2008

When the perspective client arrived with his window that "needed a little work", it was taped and wrapped to a board to keep it from falling apart. We explained that we'd have to completely rebuild the window, so he asked if we could make some design changes while we were at it. We agreed, while securing the added stipulation that we would rebuild it using the copper foil method.

We unwrapped the window and assessed the damage. Every joint was weakened and falling apart. The lead was brittle and crumbled quite readily. The age of the thing and it's time riddled damage was quite amazing.

To Read the whole article with the pictures that go with it, click on the title above.

Friday, February 15, 2008

It Makes A Difference

Just the other day, a married couple called to talk about the windows that had just been installed in their home. The husband said some very nice things about the sidelight and door inserts and was about to comment on the other panels, which went in their living room, when his wife took the phone away from him. She explained to Jeanne that she had to talk to her because he just wasn’t being enthusiastic enough in his praise of the beauty of the windows! Then she began to try to describe how marvelous the windows were and how pleased they were. She tried to express how happy they were with them and what a difference they make in the look of the home. She just couldn’t say enough to describe how incredible the windows were!

We knew exactly what she meant! When we delivered the panels to their home, as we were leaving, ½ of the windows had been installed and the craftsmen who had built their woodwork were preparing to complete the install of the other panels. Jeanne and I talked about how the stained glass that goes in a home really is the jewelry that adorns it!

When you get dressed up to go to the theatre or to a dance or any formal affair, no woman would think to go out without wearing her makeup and jewelry! Yet we sometimes see homeowners who don’t realize that something is missing until they have added the finishing touch of stained glass to their home.

By contrast to that joyful experience, we worked recently on a home built by a builder that we’ve done quite a bit of work with in the past. The floor plan of the home was one that was similar to several other homes we’ve installed stained glass in previously. But this homeowner was very budget conscious and didn’t want to spend too much on the completed home. So they had opted to get the most plain design we offer in two of their transom windows and have clear glass placed in all of the rest of the transoms in the house.

What hurt us as glass artists was not that we weren’t doing the same volume of work in the home that we normally would, but that these homeowners would not see the opportunity to really make their home something special. They were going to miss out on the joy that those first homeowners have experienced, the chance to really have some elements that they could enthusiastically jump up and down over, that would bring a smile to their hearts and lift their spirits every day that they live in the home!

I called the builder and encouraged him to talk to them and at least convince them to allow us to cut “seeded” glass for the transoms that weren’t going to get the simple art glass panels. They would then at least have a little more visual interest. They would have a “hint” of the stained glass possibility. And upon hearing that the cost of the seeded glass was only about $15 more than what clear glass would have been, they agreed that seeded glass would be a good choice.

That was actually a relief to us! We aren’t stained glass snobs. We do appreciate a good clear glass window that allows a view to be shown. We don’t feel that every single window in a home needs to be filled with art. And yet, there are times when the possibility of what could be just screams out at us so loudly that we KNOW that there should be glass there! And all we can do as responsible advisors is to try to convey the vision of what could be, of the possibility, of the opportunity to create something special. Those who have lived with stained glass understand what we’re talking about because they’ve experienced the joy that simple sunlight can bring. They know what it’s like to see sunlight come streaming through an inspirational panel of glass as they’ve eaten their morning bowl of cereal and contemplated the positive joy of life. They’ve experienced how the sunlight can be refracted on a sunny afternoon with playful rainbows cast from beveled glass pieces running up the wall and then the ceiling. And they may have even seen how a stained glass window seems to glow with positive energy on an overcast day, a beacon and a magnet, gathering up the available light and magnifying it, casting it into the heart of the viewer. A magnificent ray of hope!

Somehow, this is our job, to teach people of the endless possibilities that stained glass represents. If you’re reading this article, you probably already understand, that’s why you’ve found it. Those who have lived with it get it. The transcendent inspiration that comes from sunlight passing through glass can be so awe inspiring, no wonder it found it’s way into churches in the 14th and 15th centuries. No wonder those who have it are so fiercely happy about it and find it hard to even describe the emotions that come from living with it. Stained glass is simply beautiful, it makes a difference!

Friday, February 08, 2008

How To Add Coining To A Panel For A Very "French" Look

When we work with Candace, a designer of note in Salt Lake City, she loves to have us build windows with "French" diamonds. In January 2007, the newsletter was about cutting the glass in that diamond pattern efficiently. This month we show how to achieve the coining look that really makes this glass style pop.

Read the whole article with pictures by clicking on the title above.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

The Painted Leaf Project

When we worked on a recent project of four transom windows for Kent Walker, one of our favorite architects, we wondered if we could paint leaves on some of the big panels. This would allow us to skip some of the lead lines, allowing the design to be more open and natural. The pictures and full article can be seen at the following link: