Hi there. I’m Milly Frances from Everything Stained Glass and I’d like to welcome you to my studio today. W hat I’m going to talk about is tools, but first of all, I’d like to ask you a question. Do you know what are the essential tools you need for stained glass? Some people, when they haven’t done any before, they think that you need enormous complicated machinery, but really it’s very small handheld tools that you need. So I’ll take you through them all now and you’ll see all the essential tools you need. Okay. What do you think number one is the most and best thing of all Number one, gorgeous glass. If I had to try and guess what had drawn you to stained glass I would say three things. Color, light and texture. It’s just absolutely exciting w hen you go into a shop you will see the huge display of different types of glass, you can get transparent ones like this one and opalescence like this one. That’s the two main categories. But within that there’s thousands, well, probably hundreds of variations and which makes your palate so exciting. What about number two? Number two, comfortable cutter. These are a really, really important part of your kit. So you want to get a nice one that’s comfortable for you. This is a pistol grip cutter and it’s got a swivel head asked us this pencil grip cutter here. Both have a reservoir for oil and both have detachable heads in a little tiny wheel at the end there. This little screw is what you unscrew when you want to replace the head. And this is a carbide wheel, which makes a scratch on the glass, which is then broken off with the pliers. And number three, great grozer breakers. I love grozers or breakers and I
think they’re really underrated. These are special type of pliers for stained glass and they’ve got a jaw and a nice little spring layer so that the handles go backwards and forwards without any effort. If you have a closer look at those jaws, you can see that they’re a bit like a file, which is what they do. They nibble away the glass. There’s also a flat jaw on one side and the round one is also separated. This is the breaking bit of the grozer breakers. You put the flat jaw on top along the score line and just break it off. And this is the grozing part of the grozer breakers where you’re nibbling the glass off to make it tidy. What
about number four? Round running pliers
These are absolutely brilliant for breaking or running a score. You’ve got a rounded , cushioned jaw which applies pressure on either
side of the score line and a little screw for adjusting the width of the jaws. I’ve already done a score line here and if you line up the middle of the jaws with that and press the handles together, it runs the score and your glass is apart. Numero five – safe 65
scythe stone. I really have trouble saying that
or sometimes known as
a sharpening stone. If you don’t yet
have a tabletop grinder, you can
use one of these carborundum stones to make your glass
safe and grind it a little bit.
Make sure you wet it first 72
And six – coated copper foil.
is a roll of sticky copper tape that goes
around the edges of your glass for the soldier to
It comes in different widths and with different color backings.
Um, this one here is a copper colored backing and
you can see from that is a little bit sticky.
And what about number seven Sizzling soldering iron 80
Along with your cutter.
sizzling soldering iron is the other important, really, really
important part of your kit that you can’t afford to
This one is a temperature controlled one and the tip
is at the end but the whole bit there up front to the blue bit gets hot and you hold it like a club. They all come with a supplied stands and this one comes straight and you just bend the edges over and then you just pop your soldering iron on top. Number Number Eight, secure solder. It’s not the most exciting of materials, but you do need it to melt along your copper seems to keep your stained glass together. Either comes in spools or sticks. And the best one for copper foil is 60 40 which relates to the fluidity in it means it’s composed of 60% tin and 40% lead 50 50 you sometimes see, and that’s good for lead came 100
number nine flowing flux. So what is the flux for? It’s
for cleaning the copper foil and it’s for making the soldier flow along
your copper foil lines.
You can buy in liquid paste or Gel form 105
number 10 polished patina 106
Copper patina changes the
color of your silver solder lines to
a lovely copper color.
S0 if you want to keep them silver, you don’t
strictly need patina 110
Number 11, hanging hooks and wire.
of course you’re going to have to have something to
hang your amazing stained glass up with.
So you’re going to need some hooks and you can
different types of chain from DIY stores.
And last, but definitely not least number 12 sensible
it goes without saying that you need all of this.
Whenever you make stained glass, you need some form of
ventilation and a mask, a dustpan and brush, safety glasses are an
must and the gloves for when you’re dealing with
chemicals and a basic first aid kit.
So this is actually all we need to make stained
It’s not so much is it I wouldn’t recommend trying
to hold it all together like this, but I just
wanted to show you that it really does pretty much
fit in two hands.