This list is meant to aid create a shopping list for the beginning stained glass art student. Not all of the items will be essential for every project, for instance you will employ either lead cames OR copper foil and their corresponding accessories dependent on the stained glass style you will be using. Other tools listed may well be very helpful, but not entirely necessary, one pair of pliers may be adequate to do several jobs for example.
Glass Cutters – One of the most significant tools you will employ in stained glass making, good glass cuts will make or break your job. These range from very inexpensive carbide steel wheel cutters (you will require to include cutting oil as you go along) to slightly more expensive self-oiling tungsten carbide or pistol grip wheel cutters.
Cutting Oil – This assists reduce friction allowing a smoother cut and in addition keeps glass debris from encumbering the cutting wheel’s progress.
Soldering Iron – (pronounced like soddering) This is once did melt lead solder which in turn is accustomed to join bits of metal, such as the lead cames or copper foil that will hold your glass pieces together.
Solder – The type you will be employing in stained glass making should be an alloy (mixture) of tin and lead. This normally enters a spool of either a 50/50 or 60/40 blend. The 60/40 is slightly more expensive, flows more smoothly and is consequently preferable for making a glass project.
Sal Ammoniac – This is soldering iron tip cleaner made from a naturally occurring mineral that reacts to the heat of the soldering iron and removes debris when the iron is gently rubbed on it.
Flux – Helps remove oxidation and other dirt and debris from the metal surfaces so that the solder can adhere to it. This is an absolute necessity to keep your glass pieces together; the solder just won’t “stick” without it!
Flux Brush – A very inexpensive brush used to put on the flux.
Flux Remover – Can be familiar with neutralize flux or patina and is oftentimes used at the conclusion of projects to tidy up small errors and over-flow.
Cutting Square – Helpful when drawing squares or other designs requiring a right angle.
Ruler – Employed for measuring project dimensions in addition to for drawing or cutting a straight line. A non-skid backing like cork or rubber will help keep it from sliding on the glass.
Pattern Shears – These are the special scissors that automatically cut the proper size strip of paper between pattern pieces to allow room for the lead cames or copper foils to be placed between the various glass bits of the purpose.
Grozing Pliers – These pliers have narrow, serrated jaws for picking up small chucks of glass and can be used to remove uneven or jagged pieces of stained glass after cutting.
Running Pliers – These thick pliers help to carefully break stained glass pieces that have been scored on the purpose furrows.
Needle Nose Pliers – A good all around tool to possess handy, can be employed for small detail work.
Wire Cutters – These can be used to cut reinforcing wire or the picture hanging wire to hang your finished glass art project.
Hammer or Mallet – A good rubber headed mallet can be used to gently tap stained glass pieces into place.
Carborundum Stone – A trademarked name for a grinding tool once was smooth the edges of cut pieces of stained glass. Should be wetted periodically to make smoothing easier.
Electric Glass Grinder – A bit bigger technique to smooth the glass edges; this is a machine that will do the job faster and more efficiently. This is definitely nice, but optional.
Copper Foil – One of the choices of material to grasp the pieces of stained glass together. Enters various widths depending on the appearance of your job- make certain your pattern shears are similar width as your foil or came.
Copper Foil Dispenser – One other nicety, this makes handling the copper foil easier, much the way a tape dispenser makes tape easier to deal with.
Lead Cames – The original choice in stained glass support systems. These come as long strips of lead with grooves or channels on either one side or both, depending on whether it is to be used as an inside or fringes piece of the stained glass.
Lead Vise – Holds the lead were sent out place to allow it to be stretched before use.
Lead Cutters – Also called lead pliers these snips are especially helpful when trimming cames for use in the corners of your stained glass project.
Lead Knife – Can be employed to make clean straight cuts on lead cames.
Horseshoe Nails – Great for holding frames in place when assembling your stained glass project.
Dustpan and Brush – Helps to look after your workplace clean which is important in making stained glass projects because debris will prevent things from sticking properly.
Security Goggles – Keeps bits of lead or glass from damaging the eyes during cutting, always keep in mind “wellbeing first”!
Wooden Block Holder – Can be useful for holding pieces of stained glass.
Masking Tape – Always handy in the workshop; may be familiar with hold pattern pieces together or a number of other uses.
Picture Hanging Wire or Other Fasteners – For hanging your completed stained glass project.
Lead Plank with Right Angle Support – Helpful in holding a lead stained glass project in place during assembly while keeping the edges clean and straight.
Timber or Plastic Fid – Great as a burnishing or spreading tool when applying foil to stained glass.
Glazing Concrete – Seals and beefs up the joint areas of the lead cames.
Whiting – Serves to dry and set the glazing concrete. Can also be familiar with remove excess putty from the stained glass.
Stiff Bristle Brush – Used for trying glazing cement.
Patina – Liquid answer that changes the appearance of solder, can give a more antiqued visual aspect.
Rubber Your mitts – Completely necessary when employing patina or any other solvents to the project; you do not want these penetrating your skin!
Mirror Sealer – This aerosol spray is used on the rear of mirrors to possess the reflective coating from being scratched or damaged.
Finishing Compound – Offers the finishing touch to your stained glass project, adding polish and shine while providing a protective finish to aid prevent oxidation and tarnish buildup.
Pushpins, Tacks and Jig Material – Items that might be of use in holding certain pieces together while assembling your stained glass project.
Craft Knife – Perfect for correcting small errors in copper foiling and other small tasks.
Steel Wool – May remove oxidized material from solder and other metal parts.
Plastic Basin and Sponge – With warm soapy water to clean glass and metal debris from your stained glass workspace.
Carbon Paper – For making pattern copies.
Tracing Paper – For tracing the original design unto a clean copy.
Rubber Concrete – For holding pattern pieces on glass to make cutting them out easier.
Pens, Pencils, Markers and Colored Pencils – Required for drawing and coloring in pattern pieces.
There you have it, a not-so-condensed shopping list to get you on your way to a new hobby in stained glass art making!