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Measuring the panel for a window 
How much smaller should the stained glass panel be in order to fit a window? 1/8 of an inch on each side? Milly's reply: Yes, 1/8 of an inch smaller …

Fan Light Foil Unstable 
I have not long started and this is my third project. I have finished this piece ( not perfect i know) but the tab at the bottom is wobbly is there any …

Decorative Soldering Dots  
How do you achieve the tiny soldered "dots" on some of the copper foiled glass jewelry i've seen? i use a weller 100 with a 1/8" tip for my pieces. is …

Using A Vintage Plate In Stained Glass 
How would I incorporate a vintage plate into stained glass piece? I am attaching a sample of something that I would like to try. I have read from some …

Cutting Stars In Glass 
We want to cut out a star shape out in one piece. Is there a trick to that? Milly's reply: Thanks for your question Peggy. The short answer …

mirror discoloration? 
Is the flux leaching into the mirrors in my stained glass pieces? If so, is there a kind that won't discolor the mirror? Or is it the rinsing that does …

Reinforcing Glass Panels 
I have designed and created 3 stained glass panels separately and now want to put them together to make a single rectangular panel for a transom window …

Copperfoil Not Sticking 
I AM WORKING WITH SOME HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. SEVERAL ARE HAVING TROUBLE WITH THE FOIL COMING LOOSE FROM THE GLASS. I TOLD THEM TO BURNISH IT MORE BUT IT …

Making a Stained Glass Fireplace Screen 
Hi Milly, I want to make a tri-panel, hinged fireplace screen out of stained glass. I know how to make the panels using the copper foil method and …

Copper Foil vs. Hobby Came 
I am a copper foil guy and have not used hobby came but see it suggested for small projects (sun catchers, night lights, small panels). What are the advantages …

Jig for an Oval Project 
I'm going to attempt my first Oval piece. Can you tell me how to go about setting up please? Do I need to make a jig for this? I'm also using my came …

Does Copper Foil Add Size To A Project 
I am making a copper foil door insert and have a finished measurement of 31.5 " x 13.25". Will the copper foil add size to the project and if so how much …

Firing Pebeo Vitrea 160 Paint 
I am using glass paints that say you can fire the paints at 150C for 40 mins in an oven. This obviously does not work, the paint either flakes or peels …

Glass Painting Queries 
I know that I have fired painted glass ramping up from room temp to 1250F/676C degrees in 35 min. I would then turn off the kiln and let it cool down naturally …

Firing Paint Questions 
I just bought a new glass kiln. All of the pre-programmed firing schedules are for fused or slumped glass and seem very slow. What is a good kiln firing …

What material cuts glass? 
HAI THIS IS FAISAL, I JUST WANTS TO KNOW THAT WHICH MATERIAL IS USING FOR CUTTING GLASS.BECAUSE OF MY FRIEND TOLD NOW USING FOR THIS STEEL.I LEARNED FROM …

How to Incorporate Shells into Cabinet Doors 
I am making cabinet door inserts for relatives in Florida. How would I go about incorporating real shells in the glass? Have seen it done with agate and …

Kiln Schedule for Firing Glassware Paint 
This may seem silly but I'd really like to paint glassware for my home. I do have a kiln that I haven't used for quite a while. I'd like to know where …

Cutting Diamond Shapes in Lead Came 
I am never satisfied with my leading on borders containing diamond shapes...I just can't figure out a consistent way to do it...can you help me do this …

What Does Coefficient of Expansion Mean in Glass? 
How do I know what glass to buy for my first painting (fired) project? What does Coe 96 or Coe 90 mean? How about thickness? Milly's reply: In physics …

Is Cutter's Mate Any Good? 
I am looking into buying a Cutter's Mate, glass saw or cutter of some sorts. I am wondering what kind of cutting system most have used on here and what …

Which Stained Glass Saw Do You Recommend? 
Answer: The Taurus 3 Ring Saw is the one I use and recommend. There's 3 main types of stained glass saw - Ring Saws, Band Saws and Wire Saws and …

Miscellaneous Questions on Glass 
I bought a old fish tank and the back texture glass was painted like this. Looks like it was painted and put in the freezer. Who can help me find out what …

Drilling Glass and Glass Engraving Tools 
I have been making stained glass panels for a while and I would like to incorporate drilled and engraved glass in my projects. I have been taking a course …

Dangers of Soldering with Lead 
I repaired an old cigerette lighter case that had split at the seams, by soldering it with 60/40. It's a cooper/metal case. I have never soldered in my …

Egyptian Stain Glass Supplies 
I like Stained Glass very much, please tell me how to learn this beautiful art? Have in consideration that I am from Egypt, and I haven't much money to …

Questions on Soldering 
How do you make the transition from stained glass lead came to copper foil when they join together, because the heights are different? Milly's answer: …

Questions About Kilns 
I would like to start painting on glass but don't know what kiln to buy. I need to have a kiln that will run on a 13amp plug but is not so small that I …

Leading and Zinc Queries 
Hi I'm just writing a long list of glass supplies which I need and have noticed that half rounded stained glass lead is approximately £1 per 2m more expensive …

Can Paragon Kiln Fire Stained Glass?  
I recently bought a Paragon kiln - the Fusion 8 model for hot glass. I was under the impression that I could only use certain types of glass, such as: …

Framing Round Projects 
I'm making some round stained glass and want to know what metal framing material is best. I've used zinc for my square projects and they are fairly easy …

Lead Free Stained Glass Solder Problem 
I have a Weller 80 soldering iron. I have been working with it on several stained glass projects, with lead 60/40 solder and standard soldering flux and …

Where Can I Find Someone to Make Sandblasting Stencils? 
I am looking for someone to make stencils for my Sandblasting Machine on Glass - any ideas? Milly's reply: This is an interesting question, as sandblasting …

Working Out Firing Schedule Using Cones 
I’m trying to fire paint, and need help with my firing schedule. My kiln is an old one and only has three settings; low, medium, high. I step up the temperature …

How to make glass etching cream? 
I want to know how to make white glass etching cream for frosting the glass. I have already bought the white powder (dudhi) and hydrofluoric acid and …

Questions About Resources 
I'd like to start making stained glass work again. I have been interested in attending conferences. Are there any out there? Where do I go looking for …

Firing old glass with patina 
I collect, among many, many other things, old glass. From nearly perfect whole bottles and jars to tiny broken bits, what draws me to them is usually a …

Lamp Patina 
I'm making a four sided lamp. Can I patina the individual sides before assembling the four pieces? It would seem easier and then patina the joints after …

Stained Glass Front Door 
I have an amazing piece of stained glass that I acquired from an estate sale. It's a large piece and I would like to have it made into a front door. I …

Cleaning flux erosion from lead came 
I have a lead came piece that I let sit with flux on the joints and glass. (School started back and I'm a teacher) What is the best way to clean the …

Firing Regular Stained Glass? 
I originally started doing stained glass before kiln work becme popular so of course I have lots of scrap glass. I purchased a kiln hoping to use this …

attaching hangers to finished projects 
I am probably what one would call a beginner when it comes to stained glass although, I love doing it and have actually been commissioned to do several …

Stained Glass - Foil or Lead Came? 
I have never done stained glass before, but have been very interested in it for years. Can you please tell me what the difference is between the type that …

restarting an old project 
I have a lamp shade half done but haven't worked on it for over five years. I would like to restart the project but was wondering what proceedures I should …

Stained Glass Solder Will Not Adhere 
When I put my flux on it will not take the solder? In places it will but others it won't. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Milly's reply: This could be a …

UK Suppliers of Low Firing Glass Enamels 
I would like to find suppliers of opaque enamels for painting - not for fusing or slumping Many thanks Milly's reply: Hi there, there's a couple …

Copyrights 
I just started my stained glass business and mostly sell from face book. I use my own patterns or from pattern books that say you can reproduce and sell. …

Finished Size of a Leaded Panel 
A nooby here!! What is the best way to measure the distance between your cut size and your finish size? Im having difficulty with this. I know it may …

Kiln Slow To Cool Down 
After a 5 day kiln glass course during a trip home to England last October, I decided I had to have my own kiln here in Bangkok where I live. It's taken …

Kiln Vent on Paragon Kiln Fireluxe 
I purchased a Paragon kiln - the fireluxe model - as I wanted to do ceramic work as well as glass casting. I've now got it wired up, but am too scared …

Zinc and Leading Queries 
I have recently moved back from the States where all of my stained glass supplies were in abundance and easily available. However I am struggling to find …

How to Fuse Glass - Compatibility Tests 
I have a bunch of raw stained glass. I could never get the hang of soldering so I moved on and learned how to fuse glass. I hope to put my colored glass …

Problems Using a Paragon Kiln for Painting 
I bought a paragon kiln - SC2 - to fire paint on glass, although this is a fusing kiln I figured this would be fine for firing glass as you only need a …

Etching Questions 
We have been asked to restore eight Victorian stained glass panels from a house in Southport, Lancashire UK. The majority of the work is simple stained …

Etching Glass Questions 
I want to know how to silk screen etching cream an even white. Generally I use abf powder with water and acetic acid mixture but mostly it remains some …

Kiln Queries 
I am so frustrated and I didn't have this issue with the same firing schedule in the cooler weather - now that the weather is hotter outside, I'm getting …

Glass Slumping Process - Molds and Glass 
I need your advice on the slumping process. I purchased a small rice bowl measuring 3 3/4 inches at its top, 2 3/4 inches at its side, and 2 1/2 inches …

Questions About Leading 
Do you still stretch hobby came like you do lead came? Milly's reply: This is a tricky question for me to answer, as you don't say what the came is …

Questions About Glass Enamels 
We're making a stained glass window of the world and need to paint the land onto the water with enamel. I have some powdered enamel, but I don't know …

Tools and Stained Glass Supply Queries 
What materials do I need to start making stained glass? Milly's reply: Luckily I've written pages to answer your question about materials for a starter …

Stained Glass Courses in the UK? 
I need to do a course over a few days. I want to learn how to make stained and fused glass. Where is the best place to do it? I am from Ireland, but I …

Copperfoiling Queries 
When I wash my finished piece of stained glass, dry it, and apply the black patina and wash again, a month later, there appears a whitish stain, like the …

Questions on Painting and Staining 
If I do glass painting on frosted or sandblasted glass, will there still be a tin residue that I need to avoid? Thanks! Milly's reply: Thanks for your …

Staining and Painting Glass Questions 
I want to paint part of a glass panel on my front door - it measures 37 x 7cm. I have bought paint which is in a bottle and the liquid is very thin (so …

Painting Problems 
I fired a painting project in my kiln made of float glass and a lot of air was trapped between the two layers. The bottom layer was painted. I am not …

Painting Questions 
I plan to do a landscape of painted stained glass and want to paint trees and limbs on it. What kind of paint should I use and does it have to be fired …

Soldering Questions 
What materials do I need to do lace soldering and how is it done? Milly's reply: Wow, this is an unusual question. I'm taking it that by 'lace soldering' …

Fuse and Slump Questions 
I have been producing small pieces of slumped float glass in under 2 hours. They have survived successfully but I can see light brown colors around some …

Various Painting Questions 
I need help with a firing schedule, to include annealing. I am staining some replacement diamond shapes in the old type German cathedral glass (minster …

Wine Glass and Mirror Questions 
I want to teach patients how to paint on wine glasses, so they can decorate glasses that will be suitable for sale to support our Not For Profit Agency. …

Dangers of Glass Etching Acid 
Where can I purchase hydrofluoric acid for etching glass? Thanks - and I love your site! Milly's answer: Thanks for giving me the opportunity to underline …

Fusing Questions 
I did some fused glass with some orange Spectrum glass in my kiln a little while ago, at the same time some blue Artista glass. The kiln shelves were …

Firing Schedule Produces Spikes 
Hi! I am a beginning glass fuser. I recently purchased a kiln. I'm full-fusing pendants. Each firing schedule I've used has caused spikes. My kiln is a …

Help with painting techniques 
I have worked with stained glass as a hobby for about 6 years. I have an opportunity to build two windows for our church, which means duplicating the …

Cutting and Measuring Queries 
I don't understand something about measuring stained glass panels. If you have a lead window and the lead is say 1/8in. thick and your glass goes into …

Lead and Zinc Questions 
I am struggling with my stained glass project. How do you clean the simple leaded angel after soldering so that corrosion doesn't form on the hobby came? …

Slumping Questions 
I am trying to slump glass, and wanted to ask about the glass size on a mold. Should it be smaller than the mold when you cut it? I have just only really …

Etching terminology for U.S users?! 
I am from the U.S. and a bit confused by some of the terminology on the techniques page. For the masking agents, you mention "bitumen" and "Fablon". Is …

 

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