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I've been making stained glass items, using the Tiffany copper foil method, since the early 1980's. At first I just wanted to see if I could do it because I love stained glass. I love the look of it, the way it feels and the weight of it. When the sun shines through the glass it seems to make the colors come alive!

When I came to realize I could I'd often make things to decorate my own home, to give to my children or give as gifts for birthdays, Christmas or housewarmings. These gifts always seem to be appreciated. My Mom loved them.

Of course, stained glass things can be quite expensive. Putting it out of reach of alot of people. But my philosophy, I guess you could say, would be that it's a beautiful, colorful medium with a rich history, and everybody should have some!

I concentrate primarily on smallish items, putting…

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  • Born on March 6
  • Joined November 9, 2011

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I've been making stained glass items, using the Tiffany copper foil method, since the early 1980's. At first I just wanted to see if I could do it because I love stained glass. I love the look of it, the way it feels and the weight of it. When the sun shines through the glass it seems to make the colors come alive!

When I came to realize I could I'd often make things to decorate my own home, to give to my children or give as gifts for birthdays, Christmas or housewarmings. These gifts always seem to be appreciated. My Mom loved them.

Of course, stained glass things can be quite expensive. Putting it out of reach of alot of people. But my philosophy, I guess you could say, would be that it's a beautiful, colorful medium with a rich history, and everybody should have some!

I concentrate primarily on smallish items, putting them within the reach of most people. I make them well and with care knowing that each little bit of art will end up in someone's home or be given as a gift. A symbol of a loved person, place, thing, or idea.

When I work on a new design, I ask myself, "Would I hang this in my window?" "Would I give this as a gift?" "Will it last for years and years?"

Many times I've created a new design in order to give it as a gift to someone.

The glass itself embodies a bit of happiness, and who doesn't need a bit of happiness?

Back when I was a kid I used to set colored bottles in the window or get clear bottles, fill them with water and add food coloring to get different colors. I always thought it was so pretty to see the sunlight shining through all those colors.

Colored glass bottles in a window was known as "the poor man's stained glass". (It sure was.)


I have another Etsy identity, but since we moved, leaving all that behind, I opened this new shop.

The other one is ChimeraCrafts.etsy.com

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