Do It Yourself Stained Glass

 When you look at buildings or churches, there are many intricate details and pieces that would seem hard to achieve on your own. Looking at some sculptures and paintings, there may be something inside you wishing you could also do that. While this requires a lot of practice, simply pushing yourself to do this is already an achievement in itself. The next time you go to Garden City, you already have some skill and knowledge of arts and crafts. One of the things you can mimic is the stained glass in Garden City NY.

Doing this by yourself is beneficial. Not only do you get to save money, but you also get to mold your inner artist. It is like hitting two birds with one stone. Doing art also is a good way to bond with friends and family. Others even earn with this. When you want to kickstart this pursuit of interest, then here are a few points to consider.

Gather your needed materials, which would include a cutter, cutting oil, some glass, pliers, a solder, and some safety gear like goggles and gloves. When you do not have all these yet, take a quick trip to your local hardware store. Maybe some of these are already even at your old, rusted toolbox. Still, ensure you have everything you need to make the process smoother.

Start with easy designs and patterns. You may search for these online or whatever floats your boat. You could also opt for simple lines and abstract art while playing with some colors. Next thing you know, you are already daring to work on some saints and people. You have to start with something you could practice with and work your way up.

Place your design below the material and trace it using a pencil or a marker. Ensue that this will be easy to see for you to cut it without much hassle. This will help you in the cutting process. Also, do not use a permanent marker, unless you want some unnecessary lines visible on your work. It should look clean afterwards.

Then, cut the glass according to how you traced it. Work with the edges first until you reach the middle, and towards the other end. You can then move on to the more complex or intricate patterns. Also, ensure that the curves are well covered. Your hand must be precise and still enough to do this, not only to prevent injury, but also to get a cleaner look for your work.

Next, use foil to cover some visible lines. Use a solder to heat up and connect the lines together. They should be intact once you are finished. By heating up the materials, they react by melting and then sticking together. Again, be careful with handling this process as it might cause some harm if not properly done. Ask someone to keep the material steady for you.

Make or buy yourself a metal frame and place your work there. Check upon some areas that need polishing and further finishing touches. Also, look out for any glass sticking out that may look awkward and unappealing. Finally, hang your work in an area where there is proper lighting. The glass reflecting sunlight is an art in itself.

Once you have finally hung your very own masterpiece, sit back and relax. You might still be looking out for areas which you can improve on, but this is a good start for you. Not only do you get a pat on the back, but also a big applause for honing your art skills. When you get the hang of it, your house might already look like an art gallery.