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Aire Castle Stained Glass Art creates unique original designs, adapts commercial designs and/or will create your stained glass window from your own pattern. With more than ten years experience, we maintain a sizable inventory of various glass and through our long term affiliation with Delphi, there are few projects that we cannot do. Aire Castle also hosts a guild of more than 20 other glass artists. Our gallery exhibits modern, traditional and abstract glass art. Aire Castle will package and ship to anywhere in the continental USA.
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Spooled Lead - 7/32 Round H

Spooled Lead - 7/32" Round H

Item# 5591SP
More Pros than Cons, May 10, 2011 5 stars
Pros
Easy to store and use. Unrolls easily and stretches just like the stick type. Saves having to buy full boxes of came to get value and only have to buy about 139 feet rather than 366 feet in strips.
Cons
Must measure to fit my stretcher tool which is set up for six-foot sticks. Minor twists and compressed sections appear at times on the roll, but I cut around them and had very little wasted came.
Other Thoughts
There was a bit of waste with some twisted came in a few parts of the roll, but I put the scrap pieces in a Pet-Milk can, including all the twisted pieces and that was from two rolls of this product. Just be careful as you unroll it. I am going to build a rack onto which I can mount the spool to make it easier to roll off six-foot strips. Saves a lot of space in storage. Good product.
Large Celtic Cross Bevel Cluster

Large Celtic Cross Bevel Cluster

Item# 443152
1 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Simply Impressive, February 14, 2011 5 stars
Pros
Quality bevel kit, easy to use, fits well, not difficult.
Cons
No Cons
Other Thoughts
I use a Sun-Burst background with lead-lines that run through the square tips of the ends of the cross, plus other Sun-Burst lines to balance the piece and create "pop", as home interior decorators like to say. Add a row of 1" rectangular bevels and another row of complimentary color & texture glass and you have a mid-sized masterpiece. This is a great project to create as a gift.
Youghiogheny Emerald Green and Orange Red High Strike Mottle

Youghiogheny Emerald Green and Orange Red High Strike Mottle

Item# Y4009HS
0 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Excellent for Fall Foliage, March 24, 2010 5 stars
Pros
Contrary to the first review, I found this glass to be awesome for creating Fall Foliage such as trees on a peninsula beside a lighthouse. The various shades of red, amber and green mixed with the speckled mottling mimicked the irregular natural form of a forest dressed in Fall apparel.
Cons
My only complaint with this glass is in uniform with other mottled glass in that it is soft to cut, therefore breaks easily. I had to be careful on long cuts to avoid breakage. In fact, the first shipment was in pieces. Once I settled down and used a gentle touch, the outcome was exactly what I was wanting.
Other Thoughts
I mixed this with avocado green mottled Y4300HS, emerald green mottled Y4004HS and smoky amber stippled for which I did not have a catalog number. Combining these four types of glass created a forest scene that appears very close to reality. Otherwise, Delphi would do well to make another picture for the web site and catalog. I agree with the first review that this picture does not favor the real thing, which is actually much more attractive.
Gryphon Twister Grinder

Gryphon Twister Grinder

Item# 84175
Pay Attention!, June 22, 2009 5 stars
Pros
I find almost "nothing" wrong with the Twister. With my severe back problems, this has been a God-send to me. I sold my old flat grinder after buying the Twister. It has far more and better features than any flat top grinder. The tilt position is perfect if your work bench is at the proper height. I have NO problem with my water pump. Once the pump is pumping water, it never stops flowing. I plan to buy a second Twister to set up with a 1/4 inch bit. Customer Service at Gryphon has been excellent. Three of our local Glass Art Guild Members own this grinder with only one minor complaint (see notes in Con box). I teach classes and recommend this grinder over all over grinders. I have used 5 or 6 different ones in the past. Quick-change bits are awesome to use. Great product from Gryphon.
Cons
With the three Guild Members who own and use the Twister, the only complaint has been that on large pieces of glass, water will run off into your lap, or on your shoes. Duh!
Other Thoughts
Any owner of this grinder should read the directions and make note that they MUST watch the clear water tube to be certain that water is flowing properly before grinding. A simple "stop and restart" on the foot switch and the water flows great. I must constantly remind my students, because they are more intent on shaping glass than protecting equipment. I use a foot switch, but if a person is not going to watch the flow with each use, turn it on full-time, check the water flow and let it run. That way, you have water on the glass & grinder bit and you are not running a dry pump (which will burn up ANY pump). Gryphon Service Department bends over backward to take care of its customers.
Spectrum Bronze Waterglass

Spectrum Bronze Waterglass

Item# S5181W
Unusual Beauty, May 7, 2009 5 stars
Pros
People skip over this color of glass in favor of brighter colors. I have created several projects using this Bronze Waterglass for background glass while using various shades of streaky amber glass around the outer edge of the projects. I found that darker and reddish amber shades really bring out the unusual beauty of this Bronze glass. I normally use a bevel cluster for my focal point, Bronze Waterglass for a solid background, frame with one-inch wide bevel rectangles, then add a one-inch wide border of the streaky red/dark amber glass around the outer perimeter, frame with zinc came. I cut my one-inch strips across the grain of the streaky glass, not with the grain. The result is dynamic. People see these windows and exclaim, "Ooooo!"... "Nice!" The Waterglass cuts great and is easy to work with. I have never had a run.
Cons
None!
Armour Etch Cream - 10 oz

Armour Etch Cream - 10 oz

Item# 5529
0 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Excellent for small projects, April 5, 2009 5 stars
Pros
I was pleased to find Armour Etch Cream to work very well on tiny lines in the Rub n Etch stencils. I was concerned about bleeding under the edges, but both products worked well together. I agree with the other reviews that you must be very careful to secure your mastic, tape or Rub n Etch to avoid bleed-under.
Cons
Sometimes, the surface does not appear evenly etched.
Other Thoughts
I prefer sand-blasted etching, but in many cases, this paste works better with less mess.
Morton System Start-Up Kit

Morton System Start-Up Kit

Item# 60001
Must-Have Tool System, January 13, 2009 5 stars
Pros
I cut straight lines free-handed for six years, then finally purchased this Morton Start-Up Kit. The entire kit is dead-on accurate, first for fast and easy 90 degree square cuts and excellent for any possible other angle. I was slow to use the break button as well, but now find it easy to use, especially with larger pieces of glass. I use the rubber buttons to prevent glass slippage all the time and with glass that is really slick, the yellow adjustable Morton blocks save the day, preventing any foul cuts. I save a huge amount of time and glass, since I have no mis-cuts, except when I mis-measure. Using the Morton System is easy, quick to learn and if a person cuts very much glass at all, it pays for itself in no time. Did I mention all the little shards of glass I used to get when cutting in a flat surface? No cuts and no shards in my hands now with the Maxi-Surface. I added to the collection with tool caddies for my markers and the oil cup as well. All worth six stars.
Cons
I find very little to criticize in the Start-Up Kit. In fact, the only thing I can truly criticize is that my pistol-grip cutter shaves microscopic shards off of the aluminum bar, which could only be corrected if the bar were made of a tougher alloy, but then the cutter should not have such a sharp edge, so it is difficult to blame the Morton System swing-arm.
Other Thoughts
I teach private classes and demonstrate the entire Morton System in my Intermediate classes. Students comments in almost every class are the same, "Well, I got to have one of these." Personally, I do not know why I went for so many years before buying one. The technology cannot be beaten.
Wissmach Mystic Medium Purple with Dark Purple Streaky

Wissmach Mystic Medium Purple with Dark Purple Streaky

Item# W701LL
A Two-Time Winner, September 2, 2008 5 stars
Pros
I have used this glass as the background glass for two windows in which I used the Celtic Trinity Knot item #443825 as the focal subject, then created a companion window using the Celtic (Latin) Cross # PH08 with a 12 inch circle from Spectrum Iridized Waterglass in which I used this for the 1 1/2 inch wide edge "framing" glass. I found this Mystic Medium Purple with Dark Purple Streaks to be all that the manufacturer and Delphi claims it to be, easy to cut and handle, grinds well and is absolutely beautiful in Sunlight. My highest recommendation for you to use it.
Cons
None.
Other Thoughts
None.
Aire Castle Stained Glass Art
Aire Castle Stained Glass Art
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joined:Sep 16, 2005
location:Paducah, KY US
display name:airecastle