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

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.

8/3/2016 12:10:09 AM

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5/7/2014 9:54:14 AM

I see now that this article is very old.

5/7/2014 9:11:40 AM

Stained glass is something to make because you love it, not just to make a quick buck. It is a very expensive hobby to get into. The best way to learn is to take a stained glass class. Most stained glass shops teach classes. When a person first starts, their work is usually not good enough to sell, it takes practice to build up the skill. These first projects make great gifts for family and friends though. It doesn't seem like the author of this article knows much about the craft.

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