Diary of a Demented Store Owner

Thursday, 31 December 2009

Human Genome Project Finds Mutated Gene That May Explain Baffling Fondness For Stained Glass

ETOBICOKE, ON- As the first phase of the mapping of human DNA comes to a completion, a preliminary draft reveals the discovery of a mutated gene that may explain the baffling popularity of stained glass.
“The loud, repetitive pattern of sound that a Toyo Tap cutter imparts as it glides across a sheet of Spectrum opal seems to trigger a favourable response in the brain that goes counter to our understanding of what we normally consider pleasurable stimulus. We believe it’s caused by a gene mutation we sequenced,” said Zenja Chaboosky, a lowly research assistant at McMuster University involved with the project. The gene theory was met with relief by noted stained glass store owner Mikey in Toronto. “I’ve been puzzled for years. This may finally be the answer,” he said
... and a Happy New Year to you all!

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

The Free Stained Glass News #88 Now In


In SGN #88, you'll find:

• new items, including: pattern books, new components for Creator's tools, fusing molds, a fusing kiln, lantern bases, some new glass and fusible frit.
• reader hints, a reader's workshop and more on "The Readers' Page"
Randy's Help Desk Randy Wardell—Randy talks about "flexible rebar" and answers a reader's question about working with bevels.

Mosaics & Stepping Stones Julie Bishop-Day—Julie talks about the "nuts and bolts" of mosaics.
Fire it Up! Susan Molnar—Susan addresses kiln maintenance, talks a little about fusing and slumping molds, and offers advice on drilling holes in glass.
SGN Classic Column Carolyn Kyle—Design it Your Way, Part 4—What makes a "Good" pattern?
• this issue's Free Pattern: Winter Blues
• a page of photos from readers in The Readers' Gallery
• and more…

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Unflattering Picture of Zenia Means...

... it's time for our next set of sales. Now posted here, see our Boxing Week Sales, and remember our December Monthly Sales are still on (see them here), including some amazing prices such as Taurus 3 Ringsaws at only $411.11.

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Happy Christmas!

All the best to you all from Mikey, and the staff at Fantasy In Glass!

Friday Dec. 25.................CLOSED! YIPPY!
Saturday Dec. 26............. CLOSED! YIPPY!
Sunday Dec. 27............... CLOSED! YIPPY!
Monday Dec. 28.............. CLOSED! YIPPY!
Tuesday Dec. 29.............10:00am- 4:00pm
Wednesday Dec. 30........ 10:00am- 4:00pm
Thursday Dec. 31........... 10:00am- 2:00pm
Friday Jan. 1...................CLOSED! YIPPY!
Saturday Jan. 2............. 10:00am- 4:00pm

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Peace and Lead, Peace and Lead

The investigative staff of Fantasy In Glass' acclaimed journal The FigLeafLet has concrete proof of the demise of Paul McCartney, affirming rumours heard throughout the Sixties. We have documentation proving that he was replaced by an associate- someone with even less talent than the real Paul McCartney (send letters care of Ed, 703 The Queensway, T.O.).Apparently, it was John Lennon's wish to announce the change in the Beatle's lineup with the release of what was to become their last studio recording originally entitled Gary's Pound of Brown after Gary Brown, stained glass instructor to the music industry's rock stars. It seems John, along with George, Paul and Ringo had become disillusioned with the Maharishi and his teachings on transcendental meditation, and looked to stained glass in their quest to find inner peace, harmony and inspiration. It was during the recording sessions for this album that Paul met his unfortunate death when a truck's delivery of lead shifted and came crashing through the bathroom window onto Paul while he was indisposed.
John wrote 'She Came In Through the Bathroom Window and Carry That Weight in memory of this tragic event.
With the imminent release of the now renamed Abbey Road, the need to replace Paul became apparent. Searching no further than their fellow stained glass students a young lad of small frame and poor complexion was chosen, it seems not for his resemblance to Paul, but for his skill at cutting compound angles in flat 1/4" lead. Going by the name of Mikey, his lack of songwriting skills (as Paul) (send letters care of Ed, 703 The Queensway…) were immaterial to the remaining group members.
It was at this exact moment that Ringo first coined his famous phrase- “Peace and Lead, Peace and Lead” (see photos above).

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Employee of the Month Sad It's Already the 15th

Toronto, ON- Stan Damian, a housewears department shelf stocker and occassional cashier at Acme Glass, expressed sadness Wednesday over the rapidly approaching end to his reign as Employee of the Month. Fellow employees didn't have the heart to tell Mr. Davisdunn his reign had actually ended two years ago.

Friday, 11 December 2009

It Only Took Gwen Fifteen Years!

But she persevered and with Theresa's help during the Friday Intermediate Class, she finally got it done.
Mikey's still waiting for her Tuna Casserole recipe...

Christmas Hours

Thursday Dec. 24..........10:00am- 2:00pm
Friday Dec. 25.................CLOSED! YIPPY!
Saturday Dec. 26........... CLOSED! YIPPY!
Sunday Dec. 27.............. CLOSED! YIPPY!
Monday Dec. 28............. CLOSED! YIPPY!
Tuesday Dec. 29........... .10:00am- 4:00pm
Wednesday Dec. 30....... 10:00am- 4:00pm
Thursday Dec. 31........... 10:00am- 2:00pm
Friday Jan. 1......................CLOSED! YIPPY!
Saturday Jan. 2.............. 10:00am- 4:00pm

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Help Santa Do His Job!

Go here to get a copy of your own helpful Christmas Wish List. Stick it under someone's pillow, and if they don't take heed, print off a second copy to stick somewhere else!
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Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Monthly Sale for December Now Up

Our sales of Bullseye have dropped so fast recently that an On-Star operator called us yesterday and asked if we’d been in a collision.

To kick start sales of this great, comprehensive line of glass and a bunch of other stuff as is the monthly tradition around here see this month's sale here. (refresh your screen if it doesn't come up)

Of course, another tradition is posting an embarrassing or unflattering pic of Zenia to announce our monthly sale.

Monday, 30 November 2009

Bullseye Rods Great for Fusing Too!

Yup, it's true!
Fantasy In Glass is still the only source in Canada if you want to buy every colour of torchworking rod made by Bullseye. These rods are all manufactured from Bullseye's fusible sheet glass so their compatibility is assured (90 c.o.e.), something that is not always the case with other manufacturers (can't we all just get along?). Used for torchworking and kilnforming, each rod is approximately 17" (43 cm) long and 4-6 mm in diameter and includes a selection in excess of 110 colours. And now, Bullseye's Rod line is now graded for kilnforming. Though Bullseye’s glass rods were originally developed for flameworking, they can also be used in the kiln, and doing so opens new technical and aesthetic territory—territory that is still very much under exploration. Used alone or incorporated with other forms of glass in kilnforming methods, rods can become more than simple dots and lines—creating lenses, interior textures, patterns, and temperature-sensitive optical phenomena.

Last year when Bullseye developed five new opaque rod styles that were not suitable for kilnwork, they began systematically testing all of their rods for fusibility now confirming that all but 17 of their rod styles can be used reliably in kilnwork. (All rod styles can be used reliably in torchwork.)
The 17 non-fusible "T" styles include:

• 4 Opals: Dense White (0313); Pink Opal (0301); Salmon Pink Opal (0305); Gold Purple (0334)
• 6 Opaques: All but White Opaque (0013), which is fusible.
• 4 (All) Lustres
• 3 (All) Streakies

Here's somef useful links related to using Bullseye's Rods:
Torchtips and Kilnforming with Rod, their full-line catalogue, and if you want to try a project using their rods, then go here.
and here's some helpful stuff for fusers of their sheet glass:
Glass Tips, Bubble Control, a simple plate project using their Tints glass line, why BU0146 turns silver and how to take advantage of that effect (see our samples), and as always, when firing your glass good detailed notes are imperative- go here for a form.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Reality Check

The current situation with cost of supplies in Canada;
Oct. 15, 2008- (dollar at .845 cents)- surcharge at OOCSGS is 7.9%
Nov. 23, 2009- (dollar at .946)- surcharge at OOCSGS is 6.8%...

Mikey's Music Pick of the Month

If you've been in the store and have seen the battle that goes on between Mikey and Pat for the volume control on the stereo you now know that we have definitive proof that Pat is much much older than Mikey. Yes, music can be distracting at times, and no, that's not a bad thing. Music should affect you, and good music (which is only what we play) should deeply affect you. Mikey's latest discovery is the latest (I hate the term CD- truly good sounding music is analogue) from Ramblin' Jack Elliott, called A Stranger Here. Working with producer Joe Henry (Bettye LaVette, Solomon Burke, Elvis Costello/Allen Toussaint), the 77 year old Elliott sings and plays acoustic guitar, and is backed by a stellar collection of musicians handpicked by Henry, among them Van Dyke Parks and David Hidalgo (Los Lobos).
Revered for his interpretive take on traditional American music, on A Stranger Here, Elliott steps out of the country/folk arena that has shaped his legend, 50+ years in the making. Haunting and evocative landscapes crafted by Henry construct a mood that is enhanced by Elliott's world-scarred voice. Together, musician and producer examine a carefully selected number of pre-WWII blues songs in a wholly unique way.,
Procured from
mymusic.com, now in heavy rotation at FIG...

Mikey Answers Another Question From Gary

“Hey Mikey, how come you can see through glass?” asks Gary Brun.

Wow, how about starting with something simpler like how come the Leafs suck? But, I understand that I do have a job to do, Gary...

The reason you can see through glass basically is that there is no reason that you can’t. Despite its appearance, glass is a highly viscous liquid rather than a solid, and you can see through it for the same reasons that you can see through water.

Coming up with such an admirably simple answer, Mr. Brun, allow me to expand a bit further. You are welcome to get your teacher, friends or family to write me further should this not make much sense to you. Most liquids, when cooled, have a freezing point at which they suddenly become solid. Glass, by contrast, simply gets gradually stiffer as it cools. At room temperature its rate of flow is so slow that it would take billions of years to ooze out of shape, and for most practical purposes it may be treated as a solid. See
here for more...

Its internal structure, though, is not the regular crystalline latticework of your standard solid, but rather is basically random, like the typical liquid. As with many liquids, the rather loosely spaced molecules in glass are simply not big enough to obstruct the passage of light particles (see my paper on the properties of glass

Furthermore, (a) there are no footloose electrons in glass to reflect light, as with metals; (b) the energy levels of the individual atoms in glass are not such that they absorb light in the visible spectrum, although they will absorb infrared and ultraviolet; and (c) there are no internal boundaries or discontinuities in glass as there are in ordinary crystal solids to refract light, which would cause some light to be lost to internal reflection. (Glass reflects light only at its external boundaries-- that is, the boundary between the glass and the surrounding air, or whatever. This permits refraction to be precisely controlled, which is what makes eyeglasses, and optics in general, possible.) In short, the reason you can see through glass is that there is no reason for you not to be able to see through it.
That is all...

Thursday, 19 November 2009

The Bad One

So, we grow up, marry, have kids, and they suck the life right out of you.
Zenia (the bad one) is conferring tomorrow.
That means that she has graduated from a university (allegedly of some repute) and gets to wear the hat and make her proud parents all gushy.
As such, we will be closed tomorrow to witness said occasion (her dad can hardly believe it).
Sorry, and thank you.
As we might expect, the picture is an affirmation of how seriously a higher education has affected her.
We'll be over it Friday night, ready to open on Saturday.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Need a Plug?

Christmas Craft Show, Sat. November 21 and Sunday Nov. 22, 9am to 1 pm, at St. Gregory's Catholic Church, 122 Rathburn Rd (at Kipling) in Toronto. See Irene Geras and her work there.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Stained Glass News #87 In!

In SGN #87, you'll find:

• new items, including: pattern books, pattern CD's, new key finders, a new saw blade, black patina, fusing molds, fusing kilns, a new sander/grinder, some new glass and fusible pre-cut shapes.
• reader hints, a reader's workshop and more on "The Readers' Page"
Kiln Crafting Gil Reynolds—Gil answers questions about Carmen's Wall Pocket Vase

Health and Safety Fleming Fallon—Protecting Your Hands and Feet in Your Studio
The Beadmakers' Corner Andie Kosak—Stp-By-Step Star (Stacked Dot) Bead
SGN Classic Column Carolyn Kyle—Design it Your Way, Part 3
• this issue's Free Pattern: Victorian Candle by Kimberlee Lynch
• a page of photos from readers in The Readers' Gallery
• and more…

Friday, 30 October 2009

Proof We're Just Not All Just A Pretty Face

Some work that's just come off Tina's bench recently (yes, that's Kenny from Kenny and Spenny)

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

System 96 Aventurine Black!

Add an air of sophistication to your fusing and/or stained glass projects with new Aventurine Black. Delicate metallic flecks shimmer like a field of tiny diamonds on a rich, Black background. Aventurine Black…understated-elegance for the System 96 fuser.
Stock Number: 1009AVSF
And yes, we already have it...

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Triolyse Glue

We've been bragging about this amazing glue for years now. It really is the only way to glue findings permanently to glass without them coming off.
And it is so good that we decided to show it off this way.
Yes, that is a 5.5 lb spool of solder being held up by four pieces of window glass glued together with this glue. And it'll hold alot more than that, it's just the wimp weakling Zenia who was unable to hold up that much weight that we had to take one off (click on the pic for a closeup view).
And yes, the price has dropped (Canadian dollar up, fuel costs down, no U.S. surcharge...)- we're actually finding stuff today is cheaper than it was two years ago.
Makes you wonder...

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Barb B Showing Off

Hi Mike:
I’m sending you this picture of my favourite piece I created so far – it uses slices of glass bar I created in a F.I.G. class taught by Pam two years back – I call it “Shushi, anyone?”. Also, I’m a vendor in the CBC Craft Show – so attached is the poster promoting that show – one of my pieces made it on to the poster – again, the piece was created thanks to Pam – she told me about the technique of cutting ¼” strips and lining them up. I missed seeing you Tues. night but your lovely wife gave me exceptional service.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009


Better known as the FIG Sales mascot, Figimodo offers to get the staff coffee at Timmy's but lamely claims he can't close the car door...

Friday, 16 October 2009

Some Stock Notes

A couple of notes on some stuff that people have been waiting on:
The World's Greatest Glue for findings- Triolyse Glue- has been shipped and should be here in a couple of days.
To go along with that glue, coming next week is The World's Greatest Jewelry Bails in Medium which was briefly and presently out of stock.
Thanks Bob!

Solder Card

Here's proof that our solder card is a wonderous thing to behold.
And proof that Pat will do just about anything to get her picture with a Solder Card holder...
On another note, if you're interested in partaking in our Friday Intermediate 'Club' and want to scope out who else is taking the class (could be some single people involved) check it out here...

All Done

The Uroboros (fusible 96) glass delivery is unpacked and put away. We've got some nice crates left over, measuring 14" x 30.5" x 36", which might be handy in someone's glass studio.
Four together make a perfect table to work on with storage underneath.
First come, first serve at $15 donation (each) to Sick Kids Hospital gets them.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Patty Having Way Too Much Fun

Some Pics as We Unload Our Uroboros Shipment

It's in!
Fifty (50) colours and 1000 square feet of glass.
All in Sys96 fusible. And as we carry everything our OOCGS carries, when you add in this shipment, we still have the largest selection of (ever-increasing) fusible 96 glass available in Canada (to go along with us already having the largest selection of COE90 glass in Canada)! And as you can use this glass for your regular stained glass projects, we continue to have the largest variety of glass anywhere.
And with no U.S. dollar surcharge too (currently 8.8% as our dollar is at 98 cents). After all, when goods arrive from the States, it's at that point that we calculate our costs when we've bought our American money- we didn't buy today's goods with last year's 85 cent dollar and then add a surcharge.
Check out our packing slip here...