Stained glass studio spaces are our little piece of heaven. We obsess over them… how best to store stained glass sheets, how to organise work areas and how high the cutting bench should be…

…and that’s before we get on to ingenious stained glass tools to fill them with. You know – the ones that you’ve made cheaply or adapted from something else. It’s such a thrill to make tools that work for you.

Get ideas for your stained glass studio spaces

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Stained Glass Studio Spaces – Ideas

Ever wished you could see a whole load of stained glass artists’ studios to see how they organise their spaces?

Well now you can. Delphi Glass have put together this fascinating slide show of stained glass studio spaces entered for their “Most Organised Studio” competition. Hit the pause button if you want to have a good look at anything in particular.

Which one do you envy the most? You’re welcome to add other ideas of your own below.

Stained Glass Tools – Cheap Ones!

Tip 1. Make Your Own Stained Glass Storage Rack

These shelves will give you a lovely tidy mind which will spill over into your pleasure when you make stained glass.

The board was about $10, and the dowels cost about $17. If you don’t have the time to make you own you can always buy ready made ones from Amazon here.

stained glass storage rack for your studio

Thanks to Gail Koebke for sending in the photos and idea:

  1. you need: 4′ x 12″ x 1″ board/s and a quantity of 1/4″ dowels, drill, 1/4″ drill bit, wood glue, hammer
  2. drill 1/4″ holes all the way through the board 2″ apart
  3. cut the dowels into 7″ lengths
  4. put a dab of wood glue on the end of each 7″ dowel and tap into the holes with the hammer
  5. leave overnight for the glue to set
  6. that’s it! You now have tidy stained glass sheets 🙂

I think you’ll agree they’re a MUST HAVE for all stained glass studio spaces. Gail says the rack is very strong and that “the dowels barely flex when several sheets of glass lean against them.” Thanks so much for sharing!



make your own stained glass storage rack

P.S. Everything Stained Glass follower Janusz N has added a simple idea for racking. He uses a plate rack from IKEA for small pieces of glass and says “it is portable and works well“. I think we can see that below! Thanks Janusz.

Tip 2. Make Your Own Layout Bars

Here’s a top idea for making Layout Bars instead of buying them. Simple and effective. If you don’t have the time (or the will!) to make your own then you can buy Morton Layout Bars here on Amazon


Thanks to Maggie Winters for sharing this. She suggests:

  • buying strips of  3/4″ aluminium angle stock at Home Depot. She recommends  the 1/16″ thickness
  • drilling evenly spaced 1/16″ holes along it
  • cutting them to your desired length
  • and voila! You have all the layout bars you need

Here are the layout bars in action (photo courtesy of Hubbit Terry B)

Tip 3. Make Your Own Grinder Splash Guard

Here’s the second Cheap Stained Glass Tool Tip for you. This one was kindly shared by follower Diane Ritter. If you have any more ideas for tools, feel free to add them below. Thanks, we need to fill our stained glass studio spaces with them 🙂

Sparkling stained glass studio – no more mucky splashing when grinding
  • Instead of buying a splash guard box, Diane suggests the following:
  • Buy a cheap a plastic storage box.
  • Set the grinder in the box with the opening facing you. Having the top and bottom catches a lot of water and stops it going everywhere.
  • Cut a small hole in the back for the cord to pass through.
  • If you need to put the grinder away, turn the box back to the normal top up position and reposition the grinder in the box. Put on the lid and you’re ready to go.

Diane says she needs a lot of light, so she bought a light strip and put it around “top” of the box (i.e. top when in use.)

The splash guard works perfectly and costs less than any of the 3-sided items seen online. Thanks to Diane for sharing.

Another Splash Guard Idea

Floyd T. Hopkins has kindly shared his idea for a splash guard too. Floyd uses a 20 gallon aquarium on its side.  He says: “It’s clear and the lip works great for holding water” and suggests putting a LED light with a magnifying glass on top.

Ingenius. Thanks Floyd!

Any more ideas for stained glass studio spaces? Feel free to add them in the comments below.

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