|Humming Bird, Laurie Beeman
Breaker/Grozer Pliers: Retail price: $9.
These breaker/grozers are dual purpose pliers used for breaking out scores and grozing flares from the edges of glass. They have one curved jaw and one flat jaw, both with finely serrated edges.
A stiff bristled brush for applying the oleic acid or paste flux to the solder joint prior to soldering. Tubular metal construction, 6 inches long, 3/8 inch wide bristles.
A glass cutting necessity. This tool applies pressure to your glass score to help break your glass with ease. Most have a convenient centering mark for perfect breaks.
|Prices are typical, not actual. The slots in the Fletcher-Terry cutter head are for
breaking off tiny shards after the main separation (they don't work very well).
|Often a painful pursuit.
Cathedral glass is transparent single color sheet glass, with smooth or textured surfaces. Cathedral is one of the types of glass that beginners find easy to cut.
Opalescent glass comes in one solid color or multi-colored with a two, three, and four color mixes. If it is multi colored, no two pieces of glass will ever look exactly alike due to the way the colors are mixed after they come out of the furnace. Opalescent glass can be used any way you can imagine. It's extremely versatile...trees, flowers, leaves, grass, sky, borders, lampshades, boxes, you name it.
Iridescent glass is a surface treatment in which a layer of metallic oxide is bonded to the hot glass surface just after sheet-forming, resulting in a colorful, shimmering effect. Many different glasses are available with an iridescent surface.
Seville glass is opaque depending upon the intensity of its color. There are degrees of opacity, with some types of glass being a mix of cathedral and opaque, making it semi-opaque. For instance, you could have an opaque white and a cathedral blue swirled together giving you a semi-opaque streaky glass.
|A simple, yet gorgeous piece ideal for a beginner. The painters sense of color
and design would play a major part in the success of such a work.
|A simple starting design.
Copyright, Jim Lane
Elvis' stained glass peacocks are a frequent design icon for the old South.
|The birch tree motif may suggest a more northerly venue.