Creation Process & Care Instructions

Thank you for your purchase of a Manita Studio Works stained glass piece. Each piece is handmade in Taos, NM, from design to final polish.

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Design

The design process starts with an idea, of course. Sometimes it is a motif I have come across, or a phrase that inspires me. “Andale Pues - Let’s Go” is a good example. I will sketch a few versions of the idea, then hand draw a pattern, while consuming copious amounts of coffee and Smarties. Once I make a prototype that I like, I will digitize the pattern, in order to change the size more easily.

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Stained Glass Process

This is a simplified list of the stained glass process:

Idea, draw, erase, draw, pattern, chose glass, cut glass, grind, wash, dry, copper foil, burnish, flux, solder, attach hangers &/or frame, wash (really, really well), dry, patina, rinse, dry, wax, polish, attach hanging hardware &/or wood frame/base, photograph, list on website or tag for retail, wait………package & ship, repeat. There are usually a few other steps in there, depending on the piece. It is a simple process, but one that requires a lot of care in each step. It is time consuming, and it has to be in order for your piece to be well made.

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Photography

Sometimes you get lucky, and Mother Nature provides the perfect backdrop for photographing stained glass. But most of the time it’s a lot of crossed fingers and dozens of photos to try to capture the beauty of stained glass.


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Care Instructions:

Your stained glass piece has been waxed and polished. Wipe clean with a soft cloth when needed.

DO NOT USE:

-Windex or other cleaners, they will damage the solder lines and finish.

-Suction cup hangers. 3M Brand Command Products or metal cup hooks are recommended to prevent breakage.

*Solder contains lead, it is always advised to wash hands after handling.