Stained glass making.
I want to talk about my hobby, which gradually grew into a kind of home business.
It all started with the fact that on the Internet I accidentally stumbled upon the site of a Moscow company engaged in the manufacture of stained glass from stained glass. Photos of stained glass windows literally fascinated me, they were so beautiful, shone with some kind of fabulous magic light. But the price was especially impressed - $ 1000–1500. per square meter!
Began to collect all available information. At first it seemed that such stained glass windows were so expensive because it was extremely difficult to make them. But in the process of replenishing my own baggage of knowledge, I found out that there are not so many difficulties. Moreover, it is already all over the world for the manufacture of small stained glass windows with an area of 1-2 sq. M. The so-called Tiffany technique , invented at the beginning of the last century by the son of an American banker, but who later became world-famous stained-glass artist, was successfully used.
Tiffany came up with a very simple and effective way to connect pieces of colored glass to each other, so that this process became available to almost anyone. In addition, the opportunity to collect not only flat but also volumetric stained glass windows of any shape (ceiling lamps, chandeliers, vases, etc.)!
I wanted to try to make a stained glass window from stained glass myself. Terribly afraid of the main (as it seemed to me then) complexity - cutting glass. I remembered the torment that I experienced when cutting ordinary window glass to repair my own windows. And here after all it is necessary to cut pieces with curvilinear edges! But it turned out that all is not scary. Made a pleasant discovery - stained glass stained glass is very easy to cut! And if you use some fairly simple techniques and small gadgets, then
One square meter of colored glass costs $ 100–150. And if you buy not sheets of colored glass, but fragments (for particularly artistic stained glass windows consisting of small and medium-sized elements), then glass can cost you generally 100–120 rubles. per kilo!
There is practically no competition in this area. Apparently, it seems to everyone that this is a very difficult process! But this is not so! After many experiments, I managed to simplify the production technology of a stained glass window so much that even a schoolboy can make a stained glass window.
In addition, this way of home business is very popular with people who have a creative nature and who dream of not only earning money , but also earning it with the help of an interesting and exciting business. And what could be more exciting for a creative person than to create works of art that are ageless for centuries (literally) with their own hands!
My business is relatively small. Rather, a hobby, turned into earnings.
I make the stained-glass windows mainly in the form of sconce lamps with the size of 33x33 cm (area - 0.1 sq. M). The cost of such a lamp is about 3000 rubles. If you work in the evening for 2 hours, in a week you can slowly make 1 such stained glass window. In a month, respectively, it is about 12 thousand rubles. Money, of course, is not so hot (especially for the capital), but for our "province" there is a decent gain. If you spend this full time on this occupation, you can increase the income received 4 times (and even then, if you do everything yourself).
Customers are mainly looking for advertisements in the local newspaper for free ads and through their customers who show lamps to their guests. So there are new customers.
I buy materials in Moscow, since our city is not very far from Moscow. A monthly supply of glass can be brought even in a bag, on a regular bus. In the same firms can be purchased and related consumables. Those who decide to try themselves in this business, I think, will not “break up” into Runet and find these firms.
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