There are many places that you can go to find stained glass art. If you ever have a chance to visit a warehouse of stained-glass, you can see just how many textures and colors of stained glass there are for yourself. Take your time to look around the warehouse you get a better idea of what styles you prefer. This will help you in the future if you decide to order stained glass art from a warehouse. Just be certain you call the stained-glass store or warehouse before you go to ensure they are open. Some of the wholesale stores will only allow people in their warehouses who have a wholesale account with them. Some only set aside certain days for buyers to come.
There are so many different colors, textures, and types of stained glass that you can choose from. You can many times purchase boxes of samples from the different manufacturers of stained glass, but these are typically expensive and not in the budget of a hobbyist. Of course, you can always build your own box of samples by cutting out squares of glass from what you have purchased in the past. Put labels on the samples with the manufacturer’s name, the universal order number, the texture, and the color.
If you decide to order stained glass art through the mail or by phone, the glass will usually be sent to you in sheets that are 12” x 12”. With stained glass, a full-size sheet is 24” x 48” and is not easy to ship. When they do ship these, they must be set by freight truck which adds a lot to the cost. If you are ordering full-size stained glass sheets for resell, and you order more than $1000 worth, you can usually offset a lot of the freight costs in your retail pricing.
Most of the stained glass you will need can be purchased through a local retail shop. If there is something you are looking for, they may be able to special order the glass for you. They may have to add a fee to do so, though, if they do not meet the minimum amount spent with the whole seller. If you do not want to pay the extra fees, you can wait until the shop has a purchase order that is large enough to meet the minimum to order your stained glass.
Keep in mind that stained glass varies in color and texture. If you need additional stained glass sheets in the future, the manufacturer may not be able to match them exactly. It is important to purchase all the stained glass you need for your art at once.