Glass is brittle, solid, amorphous and transparent material. It is used in many things such as window, vessels, art work, furniture etc.

Glass is brittle, solid, amorphous and transparent material. It is used in many things such as window, vessels, art work, furniture etc. Glasses are of many kinds, like cylinder glass, crown glass, rolled glass, flashed glass, stained glass etc. Stained glass is one of the most sought after materials because of its design and structure. To maintain stained glass materials properly, one requires raw material supplies such as glass polish, jar cutter, jaw pliers, enamels etc.

Production of stained glass is not very easy; it is a very complicated process. First, the size of the window is measured and then an exact fit is ensured by grozing the edges with a tool. The process of production of coloured glass is almost a thousand year old. Stained glass materials were mostly used in churches at first, but later on were used by anybody and everybody who wished to use it. Today, the glasses are used worldwide in homes, shops, churches and all kinds of buildings. Stained glass art is not easy and cannot be done without the necessary knowledge and skill. There are kits available in the markets which are meant for starters. These kits can also be brought online. They are sold at nominal prices both at retail stores as well as online.

Stained glass has gradually and slowly evolved over the ages. From its traditional Egyptian and Roman origin to being revived in Britain and France to now being available in various innovative forms, it has come a long way. Stained glass materials had become quite a rage during the medieval period and grew enormously in the 18th and 19th Century. Glass is composed of soda, lime and silica which can be chemically put together as SiO2. The colour in stained glass is generated using potash, beech ash, and iron and manganese compounds. Stained glass is created using either a cylinder-blown sheet or a crown glass sheet. Innumerable factors affect the colour of the glass such as purity of silica content, purity of other minerals, its inherent color etc. Color in glass can be obtained by addition of coloring ions, precipitation of nanometer sized colloids, by including milked glass or smoked glass or by light scattering.

Stained glass, in order to be preserved, has to be well taken care of. It requires, cleaning, repairs, replacement, protective glazing etc. The most important stain glass supplies required for creating attractive stain glass sculptures are glass cutters, cutting oil, soldering iron, solder, sal ammoniac, flux, flux brush, flux remover, cutting square, ruler, pattern shears, grozing pliers, running pliers, needle nose pliers, wire cutters, hammers, Carborundum stone, electric glass grinder, copper foil, lead cutters, lead knives, horse shoe nails, security goggles and pens, pencils, markers and colored pencils, required for drawing and coloring in pattern pieces. However, having all the stained glass materials just isn’t enough; one needs ideas for designs and patterns. One can create stained glass sun catchers, lampshades, panels, windows and candle holders. Apart from that, one could create beautiful jewelry such as necklaces, pendants and bracelets. Thus, stained glass is attractive and has multiple usages.

Jayson Whittle is the author of this article on Stained glass supplies.
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