Tools Needed for Stained Glass
Working is glass arts requires quite a few tools. This list make the task of setting up your workshop less daunting.
An Old Window in it's original casing, unknown artist, Chicago
To make your pattern
Pencils for drawing
Pencil - for transferring the pattern, preferably red
Card stock paper
Graphite paper (carbon paper)
You can purchase these supplies at art supply or at office supply stores. To cut out your pattern and cut glass
Glass cutting tool
Glass breaking pliers, grozing (having 2 makes breaking small pieces easier)
Glass breaking pliers, running (optional but helpful)
A soft bristled brush (the softer the bristles the better job it will do). Some people use a soft paintbrush, about 4-6" wide
Glass cutting mat (optional)
Glass cutting mats made for cutting glass are made of plastic. They have a small raised grid surface to catch the glass fragments in the recesses, while the glass stays elevated above the debris. Another useful cutting mat for glass is a self-healing hobby mat, which is easier on the cutting tool than a hard table surface.
If you don't use a glass cutting mat, use newspaper as a padding under the glass while cutting the glass. The brush is used to sweep small glass shards off the work surface which would contribute to the glass breaking instead of cutting as the artist desires.
To assemble your cut glass
For leaded pieces:
Lead knife and/or nippers
A small hammer
Border came, usually zinc
Reinforcement material (for larger windows): Copper Re-Strip, Morton Strongline, Flex-Bar
For copper foiled pieces:
Copper foil holder (optional)
Copper foil application tool (optional)
To solder and finish your piece
Soldering iron stand
Window glazing putty for leaded windows (available at hardware stores. Stained glass suppliers sell black window glazing putty.)
You also need these items:
Glass for your project
A surface to build the window on, such as a piece of plywood
Where to shop on the internet? Bullseye: https://www.bullseyeglass.com Ed Hoy: https://www.edhoy.com Franciscan: https://franciscanglassart.com Franklin Art Glass: https://www.franklinartglass.com/shop-online/ Fused Glass Warehouse: https://www.fusedglasswarehouse.com Delphi Glass: https://www.delphiglass.com The Glass Underground: https://www.shoptheunderground.com Warner Art Glass: https://warnerartglass.com AAE Glass: https://www.aaeglass.com
Where to shop, California? Scarab Creative Arts in Fresno Gargoyle glass, Bakersfield Hobby Lobby Bullseye Glass, South Pasadena and East Bay Kiss My Glass, Santa Cruz Stained Glass Garden, Berkeley CA Cradle of the Sun, San Francsico Franciscan Art Glass, Newark We do not recommend buying cheap glass cutters on Amazon or at Hobby Lobby. Quality is particularly important for this important tool.