Make Stained Glass for Profit

Learn how to make stained glass for profit, includes types and sources of glass, basic tools, solder and lead and how to cut glass.

| November/December 1977

  • Make stained glass for profit, a fun home craft that makes you money.
    Make stained glass for profit, a fun home craft that makes you money.
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  • Make stained glass for profit, a fun home craft that makes you money.

How to make stained glass for profit from stained glass art projects.

Make Stained Glass for Profit

Making stained, leaded glass items is a snap . . . and selling them is even easier. I know because, until six months ago, my husband and I had never even touched a piece of stained glass. And now . . . now we have thirteen windows, several lamps, an assortment of suncatchers, and many other items to our credit. And, even when we quote "uptown" prices for our "out in the sticks" work, Wayne and I are amazed at the number of folks who seem eager to purchase our stained glass handiwork.

We Started Making Stained Glass by Accident

Actually, we never intended to make this a full or even a part-time business (we still don't), since my husband and I are both employed and we both already have far too many homestead, gardening, writing, and other projects started as it is. Like so many others (as we've since learned), all we really wanted to do a half year ago was buy a stained glass window for our home.

But that was easier said than done. No matter how hard we looked, we couldn't seem to find a single available stained glass window. "Aha! " we told each other, "We'll run an ad in the newspaper. That'll turn up something." So we took out the ad . . . and drew a complete blank. Not a single soul answered.



"Well, to heck with buying a window, then," we said. "We'll just get a stained glass how-to book and make our own."

And, as we soon proved to our own surprise, that was almost easier done than said. The following brief rundown of what we now know about making and selling stained glass work is certainly not an exhaustive treatise on the subject. But it is more than enough information to get you started in the craft.

CrystalJade
4/22/2018 12:54:45 AM

I found this story to be so cute! I’ve always been artistic and creative and just jump into projects/agreeing to drawing, painting or whatever the task was, even if I had never done it before! Jajaja It always works out! I’ve sold a few drawing to people and hand painted wine glasses to people by request unfortunately I am THAT starving artist! Lol I’m 37 yrs old and was born, raised and live in San Antonio, TX and believe it or not I’ve been in the medical & biotechnology field since I was 16 yrs old. Art was always a great release for me and I found it to not at all to be work. I love it. 3 years ago I lost my job of 8 yrs in a lab testing blood for infectious diseases due to several illnesses. I only recently was approved for disability but I can’t even live off of that!!! I had to move back with my retired parents, try to sell my personal items for any cash I can get, but I know it takes money to make money. I just watched a tutorial literally 20 minutes ago on how to make stained glass and I’ve already got it down!!! Always wanted to learn and I know I’d be great at it but again, I have no tools or money. All I do is stay home and sleep and watch tv. For 3 yrs now. I’m staying positive but I’m a work horse! I love meeting people! I love making people laugh and I don’t intend to stay on disability either. My new concern is that my 2001 Honda Civic will break down! I’ve kept great care of it but it’s making noises which is why I’m trying to learn knew ways to sell some art. I know everyone has problems an trying to minimize how much I use my car (not that I get out much anyway), but if anyone has used tools or scrap glass they can donate, I’d totally be appreciative! Anything would help, honestly. I know things will get better. I know this article probably should be archived due to the fact I wasn’t even born yet!!! Jajaja Joking joking But it still has a great message and pretty good on the required tools and details in the process. If anyone is reading this please don’t hesitate to contact me at camtig@aol.com. My name is Crystal Jade Bustamante. I’m on LinkedIn, FB, Twitter, Instagram etc! Thank you for your time! God Bless!!!


CrystalJade
4/22/2018 12:54:44 AM

I found this story to be so cute! I’ve always been artistic and creative and just jump into projects/agreeing to drawing, painting or whatever the task was, even if I had never done it before! Jajaja It always works out! I’ve sold a few drawing to people and hand painted wine glasses to people by request unfortunately I am THAT starving artist! Lol I’m 37 yrs old and was born, raised and live in San Antonio, TX and believe it or not I’ve been in the medical & biotechnology field since I was 16 yrs old. Art was always a great release for me and I found it to not at all to be work. I love it. 3 years ago I lost my job of 8 yrs in a lab testing blood for infectious diseases due to several illnesses. I only recently was approved for disability but I can’t even live off of that!!! I had to move back with my retired parents, try to sell my personal items for any cash I can get, but I know it takes money to make money. I just watched a tutorial literally 20 minutes ago on how to make stained glass and I’ve already got it down!!! Always wanted to learn and I know I’d be great at it but again, I have no tools or money. All I do is stay home and sleep and watch tv. For 3 yrs now. I’m staying positive but I’m a work horse! I love meeting people! I love making people laugh and I don’t intend to stay on disability either. My new concern is that my 2001 Honda Civic will break down! I’ve kept great care of it but it’s making noises which is why I’m trying to learn knew ways to sell some art. I know everyone has problems an trying to minimize how much I use my car (not that I get out much anyway), but if anyone has used tools or scrap glass they can donate, I’d totally be appreciative! Anything would help, honestly. I know things will get better. I know this article probably should be archived due to the fact I wasn’t even born yet!!! Jajaja Joking joking But it still has a great message and pretty good on the required tools and details in the process. If anyone is reading this please don’t hesitate to contact me at camtig@aol.com. My name is Crystal Jade Bustamante. I’m on LinkedIn, FB, Instagram etc! Thank you for your time! God Bless!!!


CreationsByElder
8/3/2016 12:10:09 AM

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