Lindsey Wonder is a Tucson, AZ based tattooer, stained glass artist, painter and illustrator. Lindsey is a graduate of The School of Visual Arts in NYC. In addition to tattooing, she enjoys creating works in a wide variety of mediums including small illustrative pieces, custom clothing, stained glass, large scale paintings and murals.
All pieces are hand cut, foiled, soldered, finished and some hand painted, by me. My patterns are always my unique creations as well.
Almost all stained glass in the world is made with materials that contain lead. The use of lead in stained glass causes very minimal risk and is not harmful to handle. It is only harmful if ingested or inhaled but it's always a good idea to handle minimally and wash your hands after handling as a precaution. Glass is fragile and all pieces should be handled with care.
The metals and finishes used in stained glass tend to naturally oxidize over time. When your stained glass is finished, it's waxed to slow down this process but this is a natural occurrence that will happen to stained glass no matter what. Some people like this aged look while others may want to keep it looking shiny and new. Discoloration on the edges can often be removed with a wet Q-tip. Carnauba car wax is a great way to bring the luster back. If your piece has a silver finish, you can use steel wool to clean off oxidation, then use carnauba wax or you can use a silver polish. Do not use steel wool on an object that has been finished with black or copper patina. This will remove your patina. Pledge will also do a nice job of shining up your object.
To clean the glass, make sure to use a non-ammonia household glass cleanser with a soft cloth and wipe gently. Do not clean stained glass with an abrasive material as it will remove or scratch the patina on the metal. Never use vinegar, ammonia (some windex does contain ammonia, be sure to read the label) or any acid-based cleanser, as these can destroy the came or solder that is holding the piece together.