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How to Do Stained Glass - Tools and Supplies Needed

How to Do Stained Glass - Tools and Supplies Needed If you wish to produce very simple hanging window ornaments, read the following lists to see the kinds of tools and supplies that you will need.

In addition to the tools and supplies, of course, you will need glass, solder, and either lead or copper foil.

To practice glass cutting, you may try your skills first on some scrap window glass, which you may beg or borrow from your local hardware dealer. Or, a few pounds of glass remnants will give you the feel of the real thing. We recommend you start with cathedral glass, because it is generally easier to cut than opalescent glass.


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Basic Stuff

Here are some basic tools and materials to get you started.
Inland MiniPhaser Temperature Controller
Inland MiniPhaser Temperature Controller
Item no: 70402
Inland/Reentel International item: 60014
Retail price: $37.35/each
6 or more $33.62 (10% discount)
In stock: 3 (units: each)
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This imported solid state wattage controller will accommodate any soldering iron up to and including 600 Watts. Ideal for the hobbyist. 3.75"W x 4.5"D x 2.0"H.
Fletcher-Terry Steel Wheel 114 deg. Glass Cutter, Ball End
Fletcher-Terry Steel Wheel 114 deg. Glass Cutter, Ball End
Item no: 6803
Fletcher-Terry item: 01-128
Retail price: $5.35 $4.28/each
In stock: 99 (units: each)
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For hard cathedral and opalescent glass. Steel wheel, die cast, ball end, 114 degrees.
Breaker/Grozier Pliers
Breaker/Grozier Pliers
Item no: 6825
Diamond Tech item: 601
Retail price: $8.92/each
6 or more $8.03 (10% discount)
In stock: Unknown 
Expected soon:  36  (units: each)
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These breaker/groziers are dual purpose pliers used for breaking out scores and grozing flares from the edges of glass. They have one curved jaw and one flat jaw, both with finely serrated edges.

Dura-Ink #15 Felt Tipped Glass Marker
Dura-Ink #15 Felt Tipped Glass Marker
Item no: 6812B
Markal item: 725201
Retail price: $2.51/each
In stock: 15 (units: each)
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Writes on glass, easily wiped off. Black ink, fine line. For tracing pattern onto glass. Helps accuracy. Water resistant, smear resistant.
Fluxomatic Gel Flux
Fluxomatic Gel Flux
Item no: 7312
RectorSeal item: 74104 DISC
Retail price: $18.17/each
3 or more $16.35 (10% discount)
6 or more $14.54 (20% discount)
In stock: 0 (units: each)
No longer available.
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Water flushable, gooey flux, won't splash around like the liquid stuff. Excellent for copper foil work. Rinses off easily with water. Very little spattering. Minimum of fumes. 8 ounce plastic jar.
Restrictions: This item cannot be shipped by Priority Mail or Express Mail
Flux Brush
Flux Brush
Item no: 7354
item: 2452
Retail price: $0.44/each
In stock: 263 (units: each)
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A stiff bristled brush for applying the oleic acid or paste flux to the solder joint prior to soldering. Tubular metal construction is 6" long and 3/8" wide at the bristles.
Optional Stuff

While these items aren't necessary, they will enhance your stained glass experience.
18 Gauge Tinned Copper Wire, 50 ft
18 Gauge Tinned Copper Wire, 50 ft
Item no: 7342
Arcor Electronics item: C18 3386
Retail price: $6.23/roll
6 or more $5.61 (10% discount)
12 or more $4.98 (20% discount)
In stock: 59 (units: roll)
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18-gauge tin-plated copper wire in a 4 oz. spool, or about 50 feet.

Novacan Super Brite Copper Patina for Solder, 8 oz.
Novacan Super Brite Copper Patina for Solder, 8 oz.
Item no: 7348
Novacan item: 50230
Retail price: $6.61/each
In stock: 17 (units: each)
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Copper Sulphate Solution for darkening solder to a copper hue, especially on copper foil work. (Will not work on lead came.) Apply with a brush at room temperature, or heat to 140 degrees F for varying effects. This product will work best on freshly soldered work that is clean of flux. Eight ounce bottle.

Restrictions: This item cannot be shipped by Priority Mail or Express Mail
Pattern Shears for Foil
Pattern Shears for Foil
Item no: 6793
Diamond Tech item: 604
Retail price: $9.71/each
6 or more $8.74 (10% discount)
12 or more $7.77 (20% discount)
In stock: 17 (units: each)
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This version of the double-bladed stencil shears removes a strip of paper approximately 1/32" wide from the pattern, which is all the allowance that is needed when cutting stencils for copper foil work. These nifty inventions improve upon the old method, which was to tape two single-edge razor blades together and run it along the the pattern line, all the while trying not to cut yourself, nor destroy your tabletop. Ah, the conveniences of modern life! Stainless steel blades. Imported.

Studio Pro Running Pliers
Studio Pro Running Pliers
Item no: 6834
Diamond Tech item: 600
Retail price: $11.17/each
3 or more $10.05 (10% discount)
6 or more $8.94 (20% discount)
In stock: 10 (units: each)
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A glass cutting necessity. This tool applies pressure to your glass score to help break your glass with ease. Use the convenient centering mark for perfect breaks.