Tools, Equipment, Glass and Lead Supplies

By Andy the stuff doer

Time to bite the bullet and get my wallet out. If we’ve got all the stuff we need, the windows stand a much better chance of getting made. Being totally new to this craft we hadn’t got much of a clue where to start.

O.H. hit the web and surfed around. First site worth a good look at was one she’d found whilst looking at stained glass designs – “free patterns for stained glass” . It’s got some tutorials and descriptions of tools etc.  This and other sites gave us a starting point.

When it comes to buying the actual glass we were both a bit concerned about choosing and buying on-line. There are quite a few on-line stained glass shops but as the texture and real life colours are important we choose to find a REAL shop. Finding one local to us wasn’t easy, it took a few phone calls and O.H. was eventually put on to KANSA.  They are based not too many miles away so we went for an afternoon out.

We spent a good couple of hours searching through the stocks a glass, looking at tools and taking advice from the staff.  Yes, we could have bought cheaper but I don’t mind paying the price when it comes with comes with the confidence we’ve got the right stuff.  After helping us load up the car, the parting words from the man in the shop were “Any problems, just give us a call”. 

We had spent just over £200 this got us the tools we need to pursue an interesting hobby and the materials for this first project.

These are the tools:

The selection of specialist tools for leaded Glass work

The tools we bought for our Stained / Leaded Glass work

The main tools are:

  • Glass cutter, self oiling
  • Cut Running Pliers
  • Lead Knife
  • Hammer- you can never have too many hammers
  • Soldering iron

Also in the picture are some other bits and bobs

  • Lead solder
  • Tallow, for flux
  • Cement

We had to take a Guess at how much lead came we would need. In 2m lengths it worked out as 6m of 16mm flat and 30m of 8mm rounded.  Enough spare for practice pieces, I hope!

Lead came stacked on shelf

All the lead came on a purpose built shelf

I chucked up a shelf to keep the came nice and safe and out of the way.

Lastly there’s the glass:

class glass with bubbles in it

Clear obscure glass with a vintage look to it

The glass we bought has the mix of obscurity and flaws that we liked.

The coloured glass has the same texture:

The five colours of glass for the leaded glass window

Five colours, dark green, light green, red, pink and amber

We again estimated what we needed and added a couple of extra sheets. At £2 -3  for approx 8 10″ sheets we didn’t skimp too much.

Next is where I butted in and had a  go at cutting and leading.   I know, I should have stepped back but in my defence, i couldn’t resist. It’s a craft skill I’ve not tried before, I only wanted to see how it works in real life.

Next – First test piece

Back to the leaded glass design stage

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