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An 11 piece stained glass sun catcher


A Gallery of Suncatchers by Karla Weaver
published by CKE, ISBN 0-935133-87-9
Priced at £10.25

This is the FIRST stained glass suncatcher book I have seen that gives patterns for really good designs, but never requires more than 11 pieces of glass.
That is what suncatchers are about, exciting bits of art, made from a few bits of scrap glass. The designs are good too.
The patterns use overlays, wire, beads and soldering to achieve stunning results with very little work. There are 34 different designs, each with plenty of instruction to help achieve the author's clever effects simply and eaily.
If you work with sun catchers, this is a MUST HAVE.

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Available from DECORATIVE GLASS SUPPLIES.


Reindeer in Stained Glass


Holiday Magic in Glass by Liz Leopold and Jan Zuhlke
published by CKE, ISBN 0-935133-83-6

Priced at £10.25

A feast of Christmas Designs of stained glass Tree Decorations and Light Catchers, including reindeer, snow men, Father Christmases, doves, candy sticks, trees, Mouse, Mary and Jesus, Nativity, Candles, St Nicholas, and many Angels and Bells.

Although this is a pattern book, rather than a how-to book, there are many tips for dealing with details. Most of the patterns are straightforward but there is plenty of scope as well for the more adventurous.
Although the reindeer pictured is my favourite there is also a good choice of Father Christmas designs that gave it competition.

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Image of one of the three D model ships. Fishing boat in stained glass


A Few Marine Models by Dennis Brady
Published by DeBrady Glass Studios

This is Brady's first book. He has a wealth of ideas on 3D models and certainly makes them beautifully.
This book features sea going yachts and a light house in six patterns.

The glass cutting skills required do not look too difficult at all, but you are going to need plenty of patience in the assembly department. Do not be alarmed by that. Brady gives copious and detailed instructions for building these models.

The drawings and photos with the instructions take you through every step. There are tips on working in 3D, with the wire, and other bits of material you may choose.

Thoroughly recommended for a stained glass artist interested in sea boats.

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Available from stained glass merchants or Dennis de Brady's web site
Reviewed 15th August 2001


Business card holders in stained glass


Strictly BUSINESS by Cindy Bowman
Published by CKE Publications, ISBN 0-935133-82-8

This is an excellent CKE publications for stained glass artists trying to find some good projects for the scraps box.

The projects are mostly very easy with some excellent ideas, such as the business card holder shown here. There are VERY GOOD instructions on making card holders, boxes, etc.

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Available from Decorative Glass Supplies Limited, Reviewed 13th February 2001.


Dragon Wings and Faerie Things in stained glass


DRAGON WINGS and Faerie Things, by Jillian Sawyer
Published by Glass Books Pty Limited, ISBN 0-9585282-6-8

This is Jillian Sawyer's third "Faeries" book. She produces fantastically delicate designs which certainly suit fantasy dragons etc.

The detail of the dragon shown above is from the interpretation of one of Jillian's designs by Belinda Richardson, showing what can be done. Its a stunning picture.

Other dragons and figures in the book are aimed at the younger market, but there remains no doubt that this collection provides excellent inspiration if you are into fairies, goblins and dragons.

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Available from Decorative Glass Supplies Limited
Reviewed 15th December 2000


20 Pieces or Less of stained glass


20 PIECES OR LESS, by Carolyn Kyle and Laura Tayne
Published by CKE Publications, 13381X

Another good book from Carolyn Kyle with thirty full size (A4) patterns and colour prints (smaller) of them all.

A good range of designs although the animal designs tend to be for a younger target market. The shoes and the rooster are excellent.

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Available from Decorative Glass Supplies Limited.
Reviewed 3rd December 2000


Stained glass Humming Bird


GLASS WHIRLS
An original 3-dimension stained glass idea from Deborah Aubin.

These are three-D Light Catchers where the figure hangs within a double circle of about six or seven inches diameter.

The projects are very detailed and will take a lot of work.  The results should be stunning, I don't think that photographs can do them justice.  My favourite design, a detail of which is shown here, is the Humming Bird number 4...or maybe I prefer number 3!

The book has 12 patterns, but just three themes, butterflies, humming birds and chickadees.  There are full colour plates of each pattern, and a detailed layout design grid for making your templates.  There are also fully detailed and illustrated assembly instructions, including those for a jig (which you will have to make).  If you want to make stunning light catchers to knock every one else's into a cocked hat, you will have to have a go at these.

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Available from Decorative Glass Supplies Limited

 


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