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Books for the absolute beginner as well as for experienced glass artists who want to learn more. Some of these books contain a fair number of patterns. All of them contain instructions, tips, and general advice.
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The Technique of Leaded Glass
The Technique of Leaded Glass
Item no: 3394
Dover Publications item: 0486426076
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This is a paperback version of a hardcover book originally published under the name "Leaded Glass" in 1975. Much like the craft itself, this book has withstood the test of time. Alastair Duncan takes the reader from the history of stained glass, to the tools and techniques, to design and construction of lampshades and windows. Whether you are an absolute beginner or have been doing stained glass for many years, you will learn much more from this comprehensive tome. In fact, it is so complete in its coverage of the subject, you might consider this a reference book. Unlike some newer how-to books, it will not entertain you with splashy color photos. However, what it lacks in eye candy, it more than makes up for in countless black and white instructional drawings and photographs (and four full-color pages). 216 pages. Dover Publications.

Glass Design Source Book
Glass Design Source Book
Item no: 3756
CKE Publications item: 20133720
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More than 200 stained glass "designs, styles, ideas and inspirations". After a few pages on how to approach designing for stained glass, the chapter titles show the diversity of styles depicted: Corners, Simple, Victorian, Scenic, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Contemporary. While the well chosen designs can be used "as is", this truly is a sourcebook for designing your own stained glass works. 48 pages. CKE Publications.

Quick Success Stained Glass
Quick Success Stained Glass
Item no: 3938
Wardell Publications Inc. item: 0-919985-18-1
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New! This is an excellent book for beginners, taking you from the definition and history of glass, to a thorough discussion of the tools of the trade, and ending with instructions on cutting, foiling, soldering and all the other skills required for basic stained glass construction. There are 18 full sized patterns designed specifically for beginners. The instructional photos are clear and plentiful, although just a bit small. Softcover, 24 pages. From Wardell Publications.
Stained Glass the Easy Way
Stained Glass the Easy Way
Item no: 3889
Retail price: $19.95
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A popular beginner book containing 26 full-size patterns (many are fold-outs) for projects ranging from simple panels to more challenging lampshades and planters. All the deigns are practical and attractive. From Walrus Publications.
Stained Glass Craft Made Simple
Stained Glass Craft Made Simple
Item no: 3369
Dover Publications item: 0-486-24963-8
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Shows how to use the copper foil method. 30 pages, 44 illustrations. 8 in. x 11 in.
Introduction to Stained Glass
Introduction to Stained Glass
Item no: 3348
Wardell Publications Inc. item: 0-919985-04-1
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Introduction to Stained Glass is designed to be used as a do-it-yourself manual or to supplement an instructional course. If you wish to learn how to make stained glass objects, you will find that this book provides all the step-by-step information on tools, supplies, and techniques necessary to learn on your own.
Stained Glass for the First Time
Stained Glass for the First Time
Item no: 3762
Sterling Publishing item: 1-4027-1361-4
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With these stained glass techniques even complete beginners can make outstanding projects. In fact, even incomplete beginners can have a go at it with an excellent chance of success. Learn to cut glass, assemble projects with lead or copper foil, and work in mosaics. 112 pages.
Stained Glass Basics
Stained Glass Basics
Item no: 3749
Sterling Publishing item: 0-8069-4877-9
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A large (144 pages) book which covers techniques of copper-foil and leaded glass techniques. 30 decorative designs are included. You will also learn how to repair and restore leaded glass and copper foil work. Profusely illustrated.
Getting Started in Stained Glass
Getting Started in Stained Glass
Item no: 2640
Whittemore-Durgin item: 2640
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Our pamphlet giving complete instructions for simple, leaded glass ornament projects.
How To Design Stained Glass By Jennie French
How To Design Stained Glass By Jennie French
Item no: 3718
Dover Publications item: 0486277534
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This book is a revised and enlarged republication of Design for Stained Glass published by Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York. It has 161 line drawings, 17 photographs, and a section of "personal recommendations" which lists other reading, magazines, videos, etc. The idea is to show you how to design a stained glass piece, or to adapt a design from another source to so that the piece can be built with the minimum of clutter, with few difficult cuts, and with pleasing results. It is for the worker who has mastered the skills of glass working, but who has no formal art training.
Religious Stained Glass For Today
Religious Stained Glass For Today
Item no: 2643
CKE Publications item: 20133372
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This 56 page book has answers to many of the questions which the owner of a small stained glass studio might ask when designing and building stained glass windows for a church. Design considerations are the first step which include technical and color considerations. A pictorial guide to the meanings of many of the religious symbols is also included.
Creating Stained Glass Lampshades
Creating Stained Glass Lampshades
Item no: 3770
Dover Publications item: 0-486-41747-6
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This expert how-to manual--one of the few volumes devoted exclusively to lampshades--presents crafters at every level of experience with an easy-to-follow guide to making heirloom-quality stained glass lampshades.

The necessary skills and techniques are developed throughout the book, which gradually introduces more complicated procedures and methods. Clear, well-illustrated instructions show how to make a candle chimney and a stained glass lantern, a panel shade for a reading lamp, and a hanging cylinder lamp. Other projects feature a variety of techniques, including creating a lampshade using a form, and 1,000-piece lampshade using the copper-foil method. Additional chapters cover the basics of stained glass cutting and soldering, using and designing lampshade patterns, electrical and hanging hardware, lamp bases, and variations on traditional methods.