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Tips & Techniques


In today's world Delphi stands out by offering friendly, personalized, and expert service. Our staff knows stained glass, fusing, mosaics and jewelry crafts because we love creating using these techniques. In fact, some of us are even teachers. Here is a sampling of the many questions and comments we have received from you and would like to share with you. Don't be surprised if you discover a letter of your own.

New Help Comments

Fitting Into An Existing Opening Comment

by Karina Foster on Jun 12, 2018

175 Posts
Top Contributor Gallery Artist

@ There are several approaches to installing glass art into cabinet doors, but most frequently the doors are designed with a routered channel on the reverse to fit the glass art. Stained glass panels should be finished with a soldered or came border, then inserted into the opening and secured. Methods for securing the panel can include using clear silicone adhesive, which will prevent panels from rattling, but makes it difficult to remove and change panels later, or using retaining buttons or cabinet door clips which are affixed to the wood door with a screw and press the panel into the frame gently. These hardware options are available at Delphi, and should be positioned around the border of the frame so it captures your art from all edges.

Glass Fusing Comment

by Karina Foster on May 22, 2018

175 Posts
Top Contributor Gallery Artist

@curly6 The slightly matte or textured surface is the result of the glass touching the mold. Unfortunately, at the temperature needed to "fire polish" something, the glass is soft enough that it will not retain the slumped shape. For future projects, you can attempt to avoid this finish by reducing the time that the glass is exposed to slumping temperatures. You may wish to set an alarm on your controller for when the kiln reaches the target process temperature so you can check the slump progress and skip to the next (cooling) segment of your cycle. This may help prevent the glass from fully settling into the mold and imprinting the texture of the ceramic mold surface.

Special Events & Classes

classes and workshops

Delphi offers a huge variety of beginning, intermediate and advanced classes in a wide variety of art glass and jewelry crafts. Classes are offered in different formats, from one 2-1/2 hour session, to all day classes, to multiple week sessions. Browse the schedule below to find the class that's right for you! All classes are in Delphi's state-of-the-art classrooms in our Lansing, Michigan location. Sign up for a class or request more information by calling 800-248-2048 or 517-394-4685.

Visit Delphi Creativity Center

Delphi Center : Visit Us

See finished examples of every technique, and try not to be overwhelmed by all the project ideas. Get tips from the pros to make your projects even better, take a one-day workshop, or even learn a new technique in our demo areas. There is always something creative going on at the Delphi!