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Ordered a bunch of vinyl stickers of this in ~2002ish, there are still a bunch up I've spotted and who knows how many I gave away that got slapped  up elsewhere.




Intended for more stickers...  but felt like the design could be better on this but couldn't figure out where to go with it.




Made from one of my photos leading up to the Obama campaign when the economic crash was happening. 

Was planning on getting vinyl stickers printed but couldn't afford it because economic crash ate my job.

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Stained Glass:


This one was a Christmas present for my mom.  13 separate panels instead of going ez-mode and replacing the wood lattice in the door.  Unfortunately was limited in glass choices to what our shop considered "scrap" so I couldn't go as complicated as I wanted, but it turned out good. 




Made for fun early on to practice, given as present to girl I was friends with back in the day.



Various stuff I worked in the craftsmanship end and / or glass type / color selection and all the rest.  The shop owner always designed the windows, which meant she copied them from books, but she wanted to feel useful so I don't blame her.


New window for church foyer (protip:  the angel's trumpets craft paper templates had dicks drawn on them during layout.  so did the glass.)



I did most color selection for these, and everything else.  I forget how many pieces of glass each was, but it was kind of terrifying.   Dude who owned them was a multi-millionaire buying them for a house in the Philippines...   so instead of charging him an industry standard price, she undercharges him, takes a loss on materials, shipping,  and kinda on labor, but she only paid $9 an hour so that wasn't a big part of it.   Overall I think she billed him like $3k each for these.   She's out of business now.  Can you guess why?





Not much else on hand, a ton of the work was just restorations of big church windows and not too exciting.  

We were good at it but it's not work you really notice at full scale. 

Lots of other stuff I either didn't do the majority of work on or was just clear glass / beveled shit for houses.   

Also all of these have decent amounts of blood on / in them somewhere.  Slicing yourself open constantly goes with the job. 


Would still be doing this if I could find somebody paying enough to live off of with an opening.  I'm not rich enough to start my own business. 





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Yeah, one of the guys I worked with there that had been doing it a lot longer and was better than me at it started a shop up after the owner pissed him off for the 80th time.  She closed down a year later and he was still pretty low on business on that end...  he was doing a bunch of really cool shit with custom chopper style bicycles / bmx and making more off that last I talked to him, but we were in a kinda poor area.   There are some shops in Chi still doing some really cool stuff too.  Lots of the old arts / skilled trades are dying off like that though.  You don't see as many old school carpenters around either...   stuff costs a small fortune to be done right but the end result is so far above what you can get otherwise...


I could definitely pick it up again pretty quick, so it's something on the back burner until the opportunity arises. 

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One of my roommates had worked at the shop before that and was moving out of state so they were going to need somebody.  I always thought stained glass was cool and was already good at soldering which lots of people have trouble with so they were happy they didn't have to try to teach me that part...   from what I could tell working there / seeing other people's stuff over the years, soldering is something people either pick up and get good at quickly or never quite get the hang of...  


If you're interested in it, search for studios where you live, lots of them do 8-10 hour crash courses for pretty cheap;   otherwise just go in and tell them you're interested and they'll probably let you hang out and watch / bullshit.  It's something you can easily do while talking / thinking about something else for large parts of it so you're not gonna be distracting anybody. 


Other than that you can get a good diamond grinder, solder iron, glass cutter, and other non-consumable shit for under $300 for everything we commonly used in the shop.  Most of the costs are in the glass itself...  something like a simple solid color without a texture might be ~$4-8 for 9 square feet.  More complicated glass patterns and textures vary a lot in price.   For example this stuff is $140 for 4 square feet:




If you're starting off doing it as a hobby though, lots of studios will have "scrap" laying around that's usually a mix of broken pieces pulled from restored windows, small pieces of really expensive stuff that aren't big enough to trust in a job, or small-medium pieces of common solid colors that are just taking up space.  Our shop sold the scrap glass for a couple bucks a pound (or gave it away depending on how fed up we were with tripping over it) and you can get enough for some smaller windows really cheap that way. 


Lead is about $240 for 270 feet of channel lead which will last you forever doing smaller stuff, or you can do copper foiling.   Solder runs about $12 a roll.  The rest of the consumable supplies are dirt cheap and will generally outlast a pallet load of lead.


It's nearly impossible to get lead poisoning from the alloys currently used, so I wouldn't sweat that too much.  A solid 4x6 tabletop that you can tap nails into to hold the window / glass / lead in place during assembly and a smoother board to cut on + small table to sit the grinder on is plenty of space to put together a 3x5 window on top of so you don't really need that much working area either.


That's probably more info than you needed but thought I'd post it in case anyone is interested in doing this lol.

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