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Regular Solder vs. Lead-Free Solder

Regular Solder vs. Lead-Free Solder I have some questions about Lead-Free Solder. Does it tarnish over time? Can you use patina on it? Does it flow like regular solder? Is it better than regular solder? We are sure that you arent the only one with these questions. Lets start with the question of whether or not its better than regular solder. Since the harm from lead is caused by ingestion, any project that will come in contact with food or food containers should be made with lead-free solder. In addition, anything that is handled, like jewelry or kaleidoscopes, should be made with lead-free solder. Hands have a terrible habit of making it into the mouth before they get washed. So, yes it is better than regular solder in these situations. As far as working with solder, you should be diligent about cleaning your hands after touching any solder. Dont eat, drink, smoke, or do anything

FREE Scarecrow Project Guide & Fall Decorating Ideas

FREE Scarecrow Project Guide & Fall Decorating Ideas Ho. For the leaves that eddy down, crumpled yellow and withered brown... Starting aloft to windy ways, telling the coming of bonfire days. - Bonfire Days by Grace Strickler Dawson Ginny from Melbourne, Florida wrote us with this question Help. I need ideas and suggestions for my front lawn and porch to welcome in the new fall season. It seems every neighbor has great plans except for me. What do you recommend? We have some really fun, interesting and quick ideas This season, scarecrows will take center stage. Each one will be unique and make memories and smiles. Simple or elaborate, each will showcase their personality. Feeling ambitious? Create a pair or a family. Make the stained glass scarecrow shown above. Download our Free Project Guide by Delphi Artist Julie Haan. Dress up your walkway or your front stoop. As the nights get longer, and dusk comes sooner, luminaries

Resurrect your Creativity with Our Free Easter eBook

Resurrect your Creativity with Our Free Easter eBook If you’re looking for some inspiration so you can ring in spring with a festive seasonal piece, get your copy of Delphi’s free Easter eBook. Did I mention it’s free? Easter is on March 27th this year and wouldn’t it be great to make something beautiful to display for Easter dinner? You’ll definitely want to take a look at the projects featured in the free Easter eBook, where every artist can find creative motivation from stained glass to glass fusing to mosaics to glass jewelry. If you’re looking for fused glass ideas, the fused glass bunny dish would be an adorable addition to your Easter table. You can let it just be art or you can give it some jellybeans to hold for the kids. For a grand Easter decoration that you can put up in the window, try the stained glass cross panel. When the light from the spring

Fused Stained Glass Pendant

Fused Stained Glass Pendant Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention, and sometimes invention comes when you have nothing to lose. Early in my career, I had three metal-clay-and-fused-glass pendants fail in a single day. The glass cabochons simply shattered and fell away from the silver after the pieces were fired because I had neglected to cut an expansion hole underneath the cabochons. Augghh. Lesson learned. But now I was left with three ugly pieces of silver, each with small pieces of glass permanently fused into bizarre locations on the surfacea loss I could not afford. Weeks later, after tryingunsuccessfully to remove the glass, I decided to try fusing glass in patterns onto the surface of the pendants. The results were surprising, and the Stained Glass process was born This technique begins with any fired metal clay with a flat surface. Small shards of fusible glass are then attached to the silver. After

Dealer Spotlight: Avalon Stained Glass

Dealer Spotlight: Avalon Stained Glass Twelve years ago Arlene saw an ad for a two-week workshop on stained glass. Arlene Wright-Correll and her husband Carl Correll had just retired from 43 successful years in business, the last 7 spent building and then running their own B&B and campgrounds on the Appalachian Trail. When Arlene approached her husband about taking the class together, Carl thought she was crazy -- he couldnt even cut glass. But being the good husband he was, he went along with her idea and became what Arlene affectionately calls, the Stained Glass Frankenstein Monster. For 12 years now, Carl has created and taught the art of stained glass. The couple began Avalon Stained Glass School & Creativity Center in December 1998. Between the two of them (currently ages 75 and 77), Arlene and Carl teach approximately 22 workshops in stained glass, leaded glass, etched glass, fused glass and all kinds of

Stained Glass News November 2013 Edition

Stained Glass News November 2013 Edition Heres our list of 5 Favorite New Items from the November 2013 edition of Stained Glass News. In addition to information packed articles, every issue of Stained Glass News features the newest items for glass artists. Read on to learn more about these exciting supplies. 1. Papyros Kiln Shelf Release Paper in Precut 13 Rounds Time seems to be in short supply these days, especially during the busy holiday season. Save time and say goodbye to wasted shelf paper with Papyros Precuts. The convenient 13 round pieces are die-cut to fit your 14 16 kiln, so youll never be stuck trimming shelf paper when youd rather be cutting glass and creating. Each piece offers the full benefits of this favorite kiln liner it holds up, often for several firings, and clean up is a snap. At Delphi, you can find Papyros

Beginner's Notes: Achieve a Stained Glass Look in Fusing

Beginner's Notes: Achieve a Stained Glass Look in Fusing I saw a free stained glass pattern in the Delphi newsletter that I just loved. I knew if I made it into a stained glass panel, I wouldnt be able to eat off of it. So I set out to create a fused glass platter instead. My husband and I decided to cut all the pattern pieces by hand (thinking about it later, I would have used my Delphi Taurus 3 glass saw). We sandwiched all the fusible pieces between two sheets of transparent 96 COE glass. In the end, I didnt have the heart to slump it into its mold. I made a channel on each side with fiber paper foam and transparent glass, to hang it with.(I have learned to double the channels for the wire loop.) There were some bubbles due to our handcutting and gaps, so the second fusing got rid of some of those. During

Stained Glass News Nov. 2012 Edition- See What's New

Stained Glass News Nov. 2012 Edition- See What's New Heres our list of 5 Favorite New Items from the November 2012 edition of Stained Glass News. 1. Realistic Leaf Casting Molds from Colour de Verre We always flip for the latest new molds from Colour de Verre, and these premium leaf molds are fantastic. They allow you to make gallery quality, detailed glass art pieces. You can create with Kiwi, Rain Forest, and Aralia leaf molds. Check out the molds and free project sheets posted on our website. You wont believe what you can create. Kiwi Mold Rain Forest Mold Aralia Mold FREE Kiwi Project Sheet FREE Rain Forest Project Sheet FREE Aralia Project Sheet 2. Our Favorite New Glass is Making us Twizzle. CBS Dichroics newest pattern, Twizzle, features a fun zig-zag

Stained Glass News Feb. 2013 Edition- See What's New

Stained Glass News Feb. 2013 Edition- See What's New Heres our list of 5 Favorite New Items from the February 2013 edition of Stained Glass News. 1. Snowflake Casting Molds from Colour de Verre With the new premium mold from Colour de Verre you can make incredibly detailed, beautiful snowflakes. There are so many ways you can use these snowflakes. Hang them on their own (they are light) or incorporate them into projects. Were excited about how creative you can get making the snowflakes depending on the size of frit and firing temperature. LOVE them with dichroic. Check out the mold and free project sheets posted on our website. You wont believe the gallery quality of the pieces you can create. 2. Barefoot Tools are Back and Better Than Ever. Powder Vibe Electric Mandrel Spinner The Bearfoot Tools line has some of our customers favorite tool; and

Stained Glass News March 2013 Edition - 5 Hot Products for Spring

Stained Glass News March 2013 Edition - 5 Hot Products for Spring Heres our list of the 5 hottest new and featured items from the March 2013 of Stained Glass News 1. Creators Premium Bottle Cutter What can the makers of the popular Cutters Mate and Beetle Bits Cutting Systems do with a bottle cutter? It turns out - A LOT. They have designed a premium, top-of-the-line bottle cutter that is sturdy, easy to use and gives superior results. We love the special features on the Creators Bottle Cutter, especially the aluminum slide bar ruler which makes cutting precise sizes a cinch, and the adjustable carbide cutting wheel so getting perfect pressure for an even score is a breeze. Want to learn more? See how it works with step-by-step photos and instruction. 2. Once You Try an Electric Mandrel Spinner, You Will Wonder How You Ever Created Beads Without One. With the Electric Mandrel Spinner, you will free yourself from arm

Don't Miss Delphi's Winter Open House

Don't Miss Delphi's Winter Open House Delphis Winter Open House is one of our most popular events of the year. Free to the public, visitors can attend previews of many of our most popular classes - even new classes. Dont miss this exciting chance to meet our fabulous instructors and network with other artists. When Saturday, January 14th 2012, 10am to 4pm 10 00 am - 11 15 am Free Flameworking Previews Glass Bead Making / Beads on Minor / Intensive Bead Workshop / Intro to Boro/Boro Jewelry / Decorative Blown Glass Spheres / Marble Making 11 30 am - 12 30 pm Free Stained Glass Previews Beginning Lead Came / Lead Came Construction / Cutting Art Glass / Soldering Made Easy Bandsaw Magic / Designing & Installing Kitchen Cabinets Beginning Stained Glass / Copper Foil Studio / Tiffany Lamps / Panel Lamps 12 45 pm - 1 15 pm Free Jewelry Previews Beginning Metal Clay

Tulips for Every Occasion

Tulips for Every Occasion Tulips are my favorite flower. They symbolize the coming of spring, new beginnings and the end of winters cold, dark days. Tulips are not too showy or too dramatic. They are subtle but striking. I think they are perfect. Like most flowers, different colors of tulips represent different feelings and emotions. According to ProFlowers.com, red represents true love, purple represents royalty, white stands for forgiveness and yellow conveys cheerfulness. If youre a beginning stained glass artist and youre looking for a simple lead project that will be treasured for years to come, try this Free Tulip Pattern from Glass Patterns Quarterly. You could make a tulip of every color.

Five Social Media Sites to Promote Your Business

Five Social Media Sites to Promote Your Business 1. Blogs Sites like blogger.com and wordpress.com make setting up a blog free and easy. Its a great way for studios to create online portfolios of their work and document the creative process. Use a blogging site as a free mini-website for your business. 2. Facebook Facebook is a social networking service that makes it easy to keep in touch with friends and family. With 1 in 7 people on the planet on Facebook, its also a great platform for promoting your business and finding new customers. Find out how to set up a Facebook page for your business. Here are a few good examples of art glass businesses on Facebook Momma Mosaics (photo top left) Stained Glass Creations and Beyond Steider Studios 3. Flickr Flickr is an online image gallery, where studios can share images from store events, classes, students work, etc. You can adjust the privacy settings to

Learn a New Way to Be Creative with the New Class Schedule at Delphi Glass!

Learn a New Way to Be Creative with the New Class Schedule at Delphi Glass! It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. Delphi Glass is proud to announce our new class schedule for summer and fall 2018. It’s your chance to perfect your skills, learn a new way to make glass art, and make new friends while you do it. No matter what your glass art skill level or interest, we have something you’re sure to love. You’ll find classes for 3D mosaics, realism techniques for stained glass, the basics of screen printing, how to make tempered glass bowls and much more. Plus, in addition to our classes that cover everything from basic to advanced, you’ll find other class offerings taught by some of the most revered glass artists as our guest instructors. If you’ve ever dreamed of working with Liz Haas, Joy Munshower, Wesley Wong, Carol Shelkin, or Tony Glander, this is your chance. Many of these classes are one-day or two-day

Star-Spangled Ways to Be Creative for July 4th

Star-Spangled Ways to Be Creative for July 4th Summer is officially here and with the longest day of the year already in the books, now we can look forward to celebrating America’s birthday on July 4th. No doubt you’ve got big plans to have everyone over to celebrate with a big backyard barbecue or pool party. As you’re busily buying up hotdogs, buns, condiments, chips, burgers and other tasty July 4th food staples, don’t forget about using your creativity to make some spectacular star-spangled 4th of July glass art to show off to family and friends when they come over. Delphi Glass has 2 fantastic free guides to help you bring out the freedom in your creativity for 4th of July. One of them is the Free Eagle Stepping Stone Project Guide. Ideal for those with intermediate stained glass skills, the hexagonal shape of the stone will be a welcome addition to any backyard, or can

The Countdown Begins: Glass Getaway

The Countdown Begins: Glass Getaway I know it’s only March, however, I can’t help but think about summer. Maybe that’s because here in Michigan the snow seems never-ending and just thinking about summer makes me feel better. Hard to say. Anyway, have you given your summer much thought yet? We have a genius idea. Two words. Glass Getaway. Sounds amazing right? Okay, this is new so let me explain. As some of you may know we have 3 classrooms, however, we don’t typically run classes every day but that is about to change. June 22nd - June 30th we will have an event, class, or demo running in every classroom. For a total of 4 stained glass, 9 fusing, 6 flameworking, 3 mosaic classes and more. Now let’s talk details, shall we? June 22nd we kick off Glass Getaway with our FREE Fusing Forum Event. Then, starting Sunday, June 23rd we will have 25 class

Glass Garden Art by our Facebook Fans

Glass Garden Art by our Facebook Fans I am often inspired by the glass work of our customers and Facebook fans. They are always thinking outside the box and using Delphi products in new and interesting ways. Recently we asked our fans to send us photos of glass art from their very own back yards. We received so many amazing projects, we decided to share a few here on our blog. Joleen Siebert, of Magic Gardens Stained Glass, created these two beautiful stained glass Koi fish panels (top left and at right). The larger panel is made up of 120 pieces of Spectrum, Kokomo and Bullseye glass. The smaller panel is made up of 40 pieces of Spectrum and scrap glass. It is framed in copper tubing. Both are foil construction. She designed these pieces from a spectrum pattern and adaptations of photos she found online. Mark Hall of Hallmark Glass created a whimsical birdbath (at left)

Don’t Forget About Mom! Last-Minute Mother’s Day Ideas

Don’t Forget About Mom! Last-Minute Mother’s Day Ideas Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. But don’t panic if you don’t have anything for her just yet. Delphi Glass has some great ideas for what to get Mom this year. If you’re looking to do something different than flowers and chocolates, here are some fantastic last-minute ideas that are sure to make Mom feel special. 1. Cook and clean for her Mom works so hard all the time caring for everyone else. Show her how much you appreciate everything she does by making her favorite meal. Don’t forget to clean up afterward. You can also opt to take her out to eat, but make sure you make reservations or else you might be waiting a long time to get seated. 2. Make her a photo frame Nothing is more unique than creating a beautiful frame with a photo of you with Mom. This free photo frame project guide

Cutting Essentials: Get a Perfect Score Every Time with these Super Cutters!

Cutting Essentials: Get a Perfect Score Every Time with these Super Cutters! Saws are great for cutting glass, but sometimes, it’s a more precise cut we need for an obscurely-shaped piece. When you want to make circles with glass or cut out unusual shapes for your stained glass project, what should you use? Many glass artists loathe cutting circles because it is so difficult to make it just right. Fortunately, you don’t need to scrap any glass project that contains circles anymore because the Silberschnitt Pro Circle Cutter is just what you need. This German-engineered product uses a strong suction cup to hold onto the glass. You’ll need to make sure the glass is stationary on your cutting area so that it doesn’t move. Then you can set the Silberschnitt Pro Circle Cutter to the width of your desires. To make that perfect circle, you’ll need to apply continuous pressure as you cut. The 6-wheel cutting turret is designed to make flawless

Delphi Purchaser Inspires Veterans Day Sale

Delphi Purchaser Inspires Veterans Day Sale Pam Peters, one of Delphis purchasers, shared the happy news this week that her niece just returned home from the Iraq War. An unexpected and exciting twist was that her nieces husband was also sent home, reuniting the couple with family and friends. 1st Lt. Platoon Leader Crystal Sklodowski and 1st Lt. Platoon Leader Tom Sklodowski (pictured top left) met during Army training and married on May 15, 2010. They both arrived safely home on Nov. 7, just in time to celebrate Veterans Day. In honor of all the courageous veterans that have served our country, Delphi has discounted the Patriotic Engraved Bevel for a limited time, Nov. 10 through Nov. 17, or while supplies last. This God Bless America bevel makes a beautiful addition to any patriotic stained glass project. Download our free project guide. Wed like to take a moment to thank our military and their families, and

Fall into Inspiration

Fall into Inspiration Brace yourselves…fall is coming. And so are about a million different memes about pumpkin spice lattes and apple everything. So why not use that to fuel your fall inspirations with stained glass projects, glass fusing, mosaic designs, and glass jewelry? Fall leaves are one of the most spectacular sights to behold. As the leaves change from green to red, orange, yellow and brown, why not use that as your next stained glass design? Or create a fused glass bowl that looks like a fall leaf? It could be the perfect centerpiece for your coffee table. Be sure to fill it up with some apple or pumpkin spice-flavored candy of course. Cooler temperatures are coming as well. How about making some cool fused glass jewelry to go with your new sweater? Whatever fall glass art project you’re designing, we’ve got the supplies you need. Fall inspirations are all around you, even

How to Sign Up for Delphi Classes

How to Sign Up for Delphi Classes Now that we’re into the New Year, perhaps you’ve made a few resolutions regarding your glass art. Maybe you’ve vowed to learn a new technique or delve deeper into the glass art of your choice. Whatever the case may be, Delphi has many classes scheduled for this year and you can be a part of them. Not sure how to sign up for a class at Delphi? Just click here to get right to our classes home page. Once there, you can browse classes by craft. There are classes for stained glass, mosaics, fusing, jewelry and flameworking. In this section, you can also look up special store events to see what’s happening at Delphi or you can choose to search by guest instructor if there’s an artist you’d most like to have the chance to learn from. One of the best tools is the class calendar. It gives

Learn from the Best- 2015 Delphi Guest Instructors

Learn from the Best- 2015 Delphi Guest Instructors We are gearing up for the Winter/Spring 2015 session of art glass classes at Delphis Creativity Center in Lansing, MI. This year accomplished glass artists Tim Drier and Carol Shelkin will bring their talent and expertise to Delphi to help students upgrade their skills. Get to know each artist and their work, then see which class is right for you. Class sizes are limited so register now to ensure your opportunity to work with these amazing artists. Tim Drier Tim Drier has been a glassblower for 25 years, and applies his scientific glassblowing expertise to artistic flameworking. He concentrates on creating decanters, goblets, vases, and human sculptural forms. Drier has taught flameworking courses at The Studio and the Pittsburgh Glass Center, and has demonstrated at the International Flameworkers Conference at Salem Community College. Check out Tims work on his Corning Museum of Glass page or his Pinterest

Questions and Answers with Mary Datwyler

Questions and Answers with Mary Datwyler Mary Datwyler is the owner and primary designer of Sunflower Glassworks, Delphis latest Elite Dealer. She has over 20 years experience in art glass, seven of which has been running her full-service glass shop. Her work has been taken to six continents (anyone headed for Antarctica?) and has been featured in print and cable TV. Recently, staff at Delphi Glass sat down with her to ask the artist a few questions about her work and her inspiration. How did you get involved in art glass? As a child my mother shopped religion so I was exposed to many styles of stained glass (and philosophies) in all of the various buildings I was in for religious training. Thats where it began. I took my first class nearly 20 years ago and after working in glass for 12 years, I finally was brave enough to sell my first piece to the

Emily J Cole: A New Town, A New Passion

Emily J Cole: A New Town, A New Passion How did you get started in glass? I was lonely. I moved to Richmond, VA from Minneapolis, MN about six years ago, and didnt know a soul. I had a friend back in MN who worked with stained glass and it sounded fun and challenging. When I saw that Richmonds local Visual Arts Center offered evening stained glass classes, I decided to try it. Turns out, I love working with glass. (And I met some other great creative people too. ) Why glass? Prior to working with glass, I was (and still am) an admirer of all types of glass creations leaded, fused, blown, mosaics, etc. I never considered trying leaded glass myself until my friend told me about the process, and totally demystified it. And then I thought, I think I need to do this. I really enjoy the puzzle fitting the pieces together to create something beautiful is