Kokomo, Indiana is home of Kokomo Opalescent Glass. Since opening it’s doors in 1888, this company has become renowned for making it’s own art glass, stained glass pieces, and all sorts of glass accessories. Having sold 7 pieces of stained glass this week, I finally decided to visit their shop and stock up on some more glass. David, one of there awesome employees, showed me around and brought be to the cheaper glass first (hey – I’m economical).
I decided to pick up a few panels of teal blue to make this abstract stained glass piece again:
After selecting a few neat panels of textured glass, I decided to rummage through the scrap glass bins. At 75 cents per lb, I loaded up on a ton of yellows, reds, and pinks. But I’m always a sucker for purple and blue-tinted glass, so I grabbed some of those as well. You can’t beat 20 lbs of glass for $15!
I was finally checking out when I saw a neat finished piece in their storefront. It consisted of a large single piece of thick glass tile with a zebra’s portrait on it created entirely with solder. Curious as to how it was made, I asked about it and David showed me a few more pieces like it. So I decided to try out this technique myself and purchased what I needed: 1 large glass tile, a sheet of black backed copper foil and some paste flux. Check back for a future blog with details and photos of this new endeavor!
Just a quick reminder that students receive 10% off purchases and everyone will receive a hefty 25% off this April 25-30, 2011!!! So go stock up on glass and accessories!