Diary of a Demented Store Owner

Friday, 29 November 2013

Monthly Sale Now Up

... and while we usually announce the posting of the monthly sale with an unflattering picture of Zenia, in keeping with the spirit of the season, Mikey has a weak moment and decides to post one less unflattering (along with Voovoo, daughter of Louie, I'm not from Barcelona' Deeaz).
Sale here (might need a page refresh)

Wednesday, 27 November 2013


... all this social media has me confused. Our Blog has always been the 'go-to' place for the most up-to-date stuff related to FIG, but we also post to Facebook and Instagram and sometimes those loyal to our blog might miss some stuff... like this window-

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

We Have Succumbed...

This Friday and Saturday only, we too are jumping on the bandwagon with a special Black Friday Sale.
All already on sale Sale Squares (stained or fusible) from all manufacturers (Spectrum, Yogi, Uroboros, Kokomo, Bullseye, etc) on sale at an additional 30%off the sale price!

Friday, 22 November 2013

Yup. Got 'em...

Two New Pearl Opals!  

It's been a while since we've added to the Pearl Opal line, so get ready for not just one...but two gorgeous new mixes! These beautiful, multi-color blends are a perfect combination of luminescence and light transmission, subtly enhanced by the gentle Corsica texture. These newcomers round out the line in a fresh, light direction.
"Key Lime"
To make new Key Lime we took the delicate yellow-greens of early spring and entwined them with Clear on a Pearl Opal base. Extending the range of Pearl Opal greens, Key Lime is sure to become indispensable for creating depth in foliage and natural scenes.
Stock #6022-81CC

"Blue Skies"
The name says it all. This is a classic summer-blue sky with high wispy clouds. Think of it as an airy, "daylight" option in the sky-painting palette of the Pearl Opal line.
Stock #603-81CC

Little Black Book

While our fusing experience goes back over 30 years, we still find it vital to keep detailed records today of almost every firing. It's really the only way to consistently be successful and to note and avoid error or make suggestions for subsequent firings. 
In our fusing classes we purposely talk temperatures, annealing times, all manner of technical stuff (hopefully just the right amount) because what use is it to just be told to make something and then just hand it off to someone else to fire? We do provide custom firing services but we do ask for you to give us a firing schedule so that you learn from the experience and also get exactly what you want. 

Want a firing log sheet- we'll give you one free for the asking or download this one from our friends at Wardell Publications.
Another alternative is a smartphone app- this is one we've used off and on for a couple of years.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Some of Our Customers Are So Talented

... and then there's Peter R.
But seriously folks, Peter was pushed into service to make and provide several (cup)cake plate stands for a Scottish themed wedding. Thought we'd show it off.

Looks like he did a very nice job!

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

If Sandy Can Do It

... then so can you. Here Sandy modestly shows off her second batch of fused pieces she made just after taking our one day Fusing Seminar With Louie (I'm not from Barcelona) Deeaz.

Sunday, 10 November 2013


... once again forgets his place and tries to take over teaching a Fusing Seminar (I think it's just because Sandy is sweet on him...Mikey)

Friday, 8 November 2013

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Project Stands

We do carry square, rectangular and round stands in several sizes to display your work, but I still wanted to show this very clever easily homemade alternative!

Saturday, 2 November 2013

The Beginnings of Mikey

When Mikey was a little boy his mom used to make him his lunch every day.
Then he grew up and started a stained glass business.
And now you know the rest of the story...


Stained Glass News #107 is now in. 
• Stained Glass 101 Matthew McMillan—Matthew shares his artistic relationship with refractory materials. Hmmm. Actually, he helps the reader understand which material is best for which purpose. He explains the inherent health risks and how to work safely with these materials. Lots of pretty pictures.
• Working Large Bill Klopsch—Bill has said from day one that he would quit writing when he reaches his 50th column. Guess what… this issue is number 49, so Bill is readdressing topics and questions and pointing the reader to past issues for more indepth information.
• Design It Your Way Carolyn Kyle—This is the second of a three-part series of articles that teach color and glass combinations. The reader learns a bit more about the color wheel, but samples are shown using glass, not just colors. Most hobbyists will learn (or be reminded of) somthing here.
• Guest Columnist Tanya Veit —Tanya shares a brief description of the decal-making process. She explains why her decals are unique and offers tip and hints about working with them as well as a firing schedule. There is even a testimonial from a customer of hers that shares how she uses the decals with her stained glass work.
• Fire It Up Susan Molnar—Susan offers suggestions about bubbles in fusing and how to prevent them.
• this issue's Free Pattern: Victorian Toys is from the out-of-print book Victorian Christmas by Kimberlee Lynch