Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is this stained glass?
Q: Do you make all of this yourself?
A: I do! I make everything myself, by nand, in my home studio.
Q: How do you make the pieces?
A: Stained glass is a series of steps. I start with flat glass, usually in sheets of 12"x12". First, I cut sheets of glass into the shape I want. Next, I grind each piece on a wet grinder. Then I wrap each piece of glass with copper foil. Once each piece is wrapped, I use a soldering iron and solder all of the pieces together into the object I'm making. Then, I clean the glass and either leave it silver (the color of the solder) or patina it copper or black. Finally, I pot up each cactus into the cup/mug of my choosing using dirt, decorative sand, and a liquid glue dilution.
Q: Can I ship these?
A: All flat pieces (saguaro ornaments, pendants) ship without a problem. As far as the potted cacti goes, the barrels ship quite easily, just make sure there's at least 2-3" of peanuts between the piece and the walls of the box. I am still working out how to best ship the prickly pears, so please stay tuned.
Q: What do I do if my piece wobbles in its cup?
A: Sometimes a cactus comes loose from its cup - this is an easy problem. Go ahead and mix up a little bit of liquid glue (Elmer's, whatever) with water in a 3:1 ratio of water:glue. Pour it into your cactus cup to reset it. It'll dry in 3-4 days, set permanently in 6-7 days.
Q: What do I do if my piece breaks?
A: Please contact me if your piece breaks. It does happen on occasion for one reason or another. Send along a photo and I'll let you know if I can repair your piece. Thanks!