Hey there!! I’m going to finally make the big dive into all of the tools you need to make stained glass! I have been excited to create this specific post this for a long time and partly dreading it too because it’s such a huge undertaking (you’ll see how with many tools are required). Nonetheless I think this is arguably one of the most important blog posts I’ll share with you so it had to be written! NOTE this tool list is geared towards the copper foil method not the lead came method. (Copper Foil = sun-catchers and “smaller” projects) (Lead Came = fully installable stained glass windows that you see in churches or homes).
Two years ago a fire ignited my curiosity to learn how to make stained glass. The first thing I did was sign up for a beginners class. The second thing I did was search google for “tools needed to make stained glass”. What felt like a very straightforward search ended up being not so straightforward. Sure, many websites had a long list of all the supplies needed but looking at them with zero experience I just saw a giant list of things I wasn’t sure were truly necessary. I don’t know about you but I’m not the kind of girl to go out and drop hundreds of dollars on tools for fun. Also there were no price tags and as a dedicated budgeter this freaked me out . So I want to share with you a different kind of list with visuals and descriptions. That way you have a better idea what the tools look like, what they will be used for, if you actually need them, and what to expect cost wise when getting into this hobby.
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HOW MUCH WILL IT ALL COST?
I want to share that I am a bit of a special case because when I went to go buy tools for the first time I purchased them from a stained glass shop that was going out of business. I got a killer deal and my initial investment before I ever even made a project was approx. $200. For most of you I would guess your initial cost will be at least around $400 for everything if not more. If you aren’t sure you will even like making stained glass there are some options before you spend your money on lots of tools. Many local studios offer classes where tools are provided along with class fees or you can rent the tools from your instructor for a small price. I highly recommend exploring this option if you are nervous about the initial investment. I took a big risk and I ended up getting a wonderful deal. You might be able to get the same sort of deal if you find somebody else trying to sell their used tools online via Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace so definitely keep your eyes out. If you aren’t able to find a good bargain don’t worry I have a list for you below to help guide you to the “necessity” items vs the “nice to have” items.
I’m going to break the supply list down by the different phases of glass making.
Planning and Pattern making
Note that if an item is suggested but not a necessity to own it will be indicated with an *
At the end of the day where you end up purchasing these items is your call whether it be from a local glass shop, Hobby Lobby, Amazon, etc. But to make things easy I will be providing links to Amazon so you can see the tools yourself and get an idea on the pricing (prices change daily so please use the links and google to determine the most up to date cost). So with that said let’s get started!
PLANNING AND PATTERN MAKING
The nice part about this section is some of these tools may already be sitting around your house so no need to go out and purchase them. During this phase of your project you will be doing a lot of paper cutting and drawing to prep for beginning your project.
Rubber Bumpers on your Running Pliers
I don't know if I am imagining it or not, but does it seem like the little rubber/plasticy tips on your running pliers don't last as long as they used to?
Lately, it seems, every I pick up a pair of running pliers, the tips are falling off or other varing degrees of breakdown and needs replacing. As a retailer of supples, they seem to be one of those overlooked products for many reasons. They are tiny, transparent, and not very exciting to inventory! When I do remember to order them, they often come in too big or too small for fit the pliers in need.
I have come up with a solution that will fit all brands of steel running pliers. Plasti Dip! It is a rubber paint!
The idea came from other tools in my tool box that have a rubberized handles, pliers in particular. I wondered where the rubber coating came from and started digging around on-line for a rubber dip or paint. I found this plastic dip but only in the states...so, I ordered a can and gave it a try.
Prior to starting with the dip, I read the instructions! Then I figured it would be wise to first remove the worn out running plier tips and clean the surface with denatured alcohol to remove any greasy residue. I found an old vase that would hold my running pliers up in the air so the dip could dry unabstructed. Last but not least, I figured out how to use my clock on my mobile phone as a timer...that was cool, and a new trick for me!...I don't know half the stuff my phone can do!
I took the plunge, litterally! I dipped the pliers and set them in the vase for 30 minutes. I went about my work and when the timer went off, I dipped them again. I dipped the pliers a total of 4 times. I let them dry for 24 hours before I tried them out on glass. They worked great!
It is handy to put a little mark on the top to help you find the right side up for running the score. I drew it on with a sharpie marker.
If you want to do this yourself you can. It is listed in the online catalogue from Home Depot in the US and it is probably available "to go" at some store locations. I ordered mine through Amazon Canada. It was sent from the states and took about 2 weeks...an eternity for those of us who like instant gratification! Shipping was free (not Prime).
I happen to have lots of dip left in my can, I would be happy to dip your running pliers for $6/pair and you can potentially pick them up the next day!
Hmm...I might tackle the hand grips on my wheeled nippers next. For some reason those begin to slide off once I get into the groove of nipping up some cullet!
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Yes, your local store should be able to cut mirroresd glass. As previously stated, measure for your cut , then bring the measurements with you. The service is free as we like going that extra mile for our customers. Please note, we cannot anything but straight cuts.
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Also, can Home Depot cut mirror?
The Home Depot does not cut mirrors or glass, but it does offer other in-store services like wood cutting and paint matching.
Also, can you get a mirror cut? With a few simple steps and a glass cutting tool, you can get a custom-cut mirror in no time. Mirrors enhance any interior as both decorative and highly functional features, bouncing light and offering an opportunity to check your appearance before running out the door.
Also, how much does it cost to have a mirror cut?
The average cost to install a mirror is $139 to $432, which includes the mirror glass, the hardware, and labor. Additional mirror framing costs $40 to $400 depending on the material, and existing mirror removal costs $25.
Mirror Installation Cost.
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|Average Range||$139 to $432|
Does Lowes cut plexiglass to size?
If you need plexiglass, don't visit Home Depot or Lowes, call a "Professional". We will cut-to-size & ship sheets of plexiglass directly to your door. The SHEETS - BASIC SIZES (Calculator Tab 3) has a Nominal Cut Tolerance (W x L) of Plus or MINUS . For precision cutting, use the Cut-To-Size Calculator (Tab 1).
How To Cut Mirror For DIY Mirrored Furniture
Are you loving this glam mirrored furniture trend? Well I AM! What I’m NOT loving is the hefty price tag dangling down from a sparkly knob and shocking me twice with it’s reflection.
The Solution: As any DIY’er worth her grain of salt would do, I decided to learn how to cut mirror to style my own mirrored furniture.
I figured learning how to cut glass and mirror has many benefits. You can create any shape or design to fit whatever project your working on. You can save money by re-purposing mirrors for a fraction of the cost of what it would be to buy new. Cutting your own mirror also saves time because you don’t have to drive around for a custom “cut” for each project.
Sounds great but here’s the thing…
I wanted to learn how to cut mirror for future projects but was admittedly a little apprehensive working with sharp mirror or glass.
To this day, M-M-M cringes when he watches me using our large butcher knives in my “non-chef-way”. Why? Many years ago I nearly lost a finger while prepping a roast. I’ll spare you the gross details.
So there I was having visions of cutting this mirror incorrectly and crippling another finger! Okay, dramatic I know, but to reassure myself, I recruited the help of M-M-M to show me how it’s done.
Here’s the before and after of the thrift store lingerie bureau. This turned out to be a wonderful “small-mirrored” project which taught me how to cut glass and mirror… and I’m happy to report, it’s NOT hard or scary!
How To Cut Mirror For DIY Mirrored Furniture
1. Choose a finished piece of furniture and enough mirror to cover the surface(s) you want to sparkle. Gather the glass cutting supplies.
For my first mirror project I painted a $25 thrift store lingerie bureau and replace the leaded glass with salvaged mirror.
To cut the mirror, the supplies we used were a straight edge, tape to cover the straight edge, a measuring tape to measure, an over-sized mirror, a blanket to cover the table, cleaner to clean the mirror and the magic tool… the glass cutter.Here is the inexpensive glass cutter we used which was purchased from Home Depot for $6.
Getting the mirror perfectly clean on both sides is important because even the tiniest speck of dust or dirt can cause the mirror to chip or break during the scoring process… as you’ll see below!
3. Measure, Measure, Measure.
5. Cut the mirror along the measured line using a straight edge and a glass cutter.
While holding the straight edge (we used a long level/square ruler) on the measure line, we held the glass cutter vertically (straight up and down) and apply a slight steady pressure to the glass cutter as we rolled it along the straight edge. I learned this actually doesn’t cut the mirror but scores or scratches the mirrors surface as you go which creates a flaw-line for a controlled break. If your doing it right, you will hear the scoring of the glass. Not a pleasant sound… it reminds me of nails against a chalk board. A tip that M-M-M gave me is to score the entire way down only ONCE while applying even pressure without stopping! When you approach the end of the mirror, don’t stop… just let the glass cutter drop off at the end of your score.
6. Break the scored line by applying pressure on a straight edge.
Now this is where I got nervous and whipped on my safety glasses..lol! If we were professional mirror cutters, we would have those running pliers which help widen the score and control the breaking pattern. Instead we used a long level to help break the score. As you can see below, our first try was NOT a success! I think it may have been due to not cleaning the glass thoroughly on both sides!
Second try… worked like a charm. Once I saw how it was done and tried it for myself, I have to admit, the process is quite simple.
This piece sold before I had a chance to “stage” it! 🙂
Now that I know how easy it is to cut mirror, I’ll definitely be styling some more mirrored furniture. Maybe the next one I’ll keep for my own home!
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