In this digital extra, Dragonfly Stained Glass Studio owner Heather McLean talks about some of her tools of the trade and shares her thoughts on the future of custom-made art. 

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Heather McLean, Dragonfly Stained Glass Studio: There are several methods for cutting glass and several techniques that people use over and over again.

I like to use the pliers. There’s certain pliers that help the glass break quicker and more cleanly. But you can always use your hands and sometimes you have to revert — you revert to tapping to help the glass break where you want it to. But it is challenging.

A glass grinder, actually, has a diamond carbide bit that’s — it spins around. And when you push glass up next to it, that is enough to sand off some of the pieces of glass. It’s not…the diamonds, they’re not like razor blades that they’re going to cut your finger, but they will sand off glass. And it does heat up when it does that, there’s a lot of friction there.

I think, especially after going through something like Covid, that many people have…they’ve —  they’re tiring of buying mass-produced items, and they’d like to have items that were — that have the love of the artist put into it.

And so I think that these artists, all around, are going to see a kind of a renaissance of people wanting to buy handmade works, instead of mass-produced works.

And so, I’m happy and excited about that.