I'm a stained glass artist in San Francisco. Since I feature my art online, just consider me the artist next door. Unless the artist next door to you is creepy. Yeah, that's not me.
Let's talk about art and dust. Glass is pretty forgiving when it comes to cleaning. There are plenty of glass cleaners out there, but my personal favorite is water. Paper towels leave a trail of lint, so go with tissue paper or a microfiber cloth instead. Try not to use chemicals on the lead work, especially if the lead work is not a bright silver color. This means that a chemical patina has been added to change the lead work's color. Cleaning off that patina will change not only the look but also the value of your stained glass art.
When I started down the adventurous trail of lamp making, I took my time and did quite a bit of research before I picked up a soldering iron. I explored how-to videos, asked questions at my local hardware, lamp, and electronics stores, and checked out a number of traditional lamp making resources. I had the following goals in mind for my lamp design: Make it safe, make it USB compatible, and make it cool (temperature-wise). So after a lot of study, I joined the LED fan club. So, what do you need to know about LEDs? They don't burn out like incandescent blubs, or flicker out like florescent bulbs. They fade. But they take a very long time to do so. On average, it looks like you could keep your lamp on 24 hours a day for approximately seven years before the last bit of light is gone. So how do you replace the bulb? You don't. I do. Send me an email, and if I'm still in business, then I'll replace that bulb for free!
Most of my pieces have a two week turn-around time (from my shop to your house). Note that it might take a little longer as it gets closer to the holiday season.
I make stained glass votives for use with tea lights, and stained glass LED-USB lamps to plug into your computer. I also make jewelry and wall art, but that's another story.
Where can you get your very own Ulterior Votive? Check out my shop on Etsy. If you want to check out some funky photos of the stained glass art process :
"Warning: This product contains a chemical that is known to the State of California to cause cancer."
This relates to the lead solder that I use. Just like lead paint in an old home, lead from stained glass soldering must be ingested (swallowed) to cause harm. This can happen during the soldering process (if the solder is heated to a high enough temperature to be vaporized, then swallowed), or in the finished piece (if the lead solder is removed and swallowed). A simple rule of thumb is to wash your hands after handling lead work, and not to let anyone, especially a child, lick the lead work on a piece of stained glass.