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Cole Soldering The Dancer A few images of
Cole Sonafrank's artwork

© Copyright Cole Sonafrank 1990-2000

Some lead-free stained glass pieces using the foil method:

An award I received Visit my Faces page Visit my Faces in Stained Glass page

Visit my Ravens page Visit my Ravens in Stained Glass page

The Dancer The Dancer, 11/97 (16"x20")

GI Logo The Geophysical Institute Logo, 6/99 (31")

Sensual Gladiolusness Sensual Gladiolusness, 5/98 (16"x20")

Mushroom & Cranberries Mushroom & Cranberries, 1997 (9"x13")
Another view

Ffflower Ffflower, 1996 (16"x20")
Another view

One of the many reasons I enjoy creating custom glass art is that it's a great excuse to play with awesome sheets of hand made art glass. I have little interest in plain and simple glass and so rarely use it. My favorites come from Uroboros (samples), Youghiogheny (samples), Kokomo (samples), Lamberts (awesome streakies), Bullseye (samples), Blenko, and Chicago Art Glass.

Another unusual feature of my glass work is that it's lead-free. Originally I used Canfield's pewter solder, but I don't like its dull gray. Despite the expense I switched to Canfield's Silvergleem (a near eutectic alloy of Tin and Silver which melts at 430 degrees Fahrenheit). Finally, I found a wonderful strong, bright ternary eutectic called IA-423 (93.6%Sn, 4.7%Ag, 1.7%Cu) from Johnson Manufacturing which melts (and freezes) at 423 degrees Fahrenheit. They also have a great water soluble paste flux (05-23). Johnson's phone number is 563-289-5123. Working lead-free is a bit more difficult and costly, but I think the personal and environmental health benefits are worthwhile. Check out my Soldering Tips page for some basic pointers that apply to leaded soldering as well as lead-free.

  Visit my Acrylics page Visit my Acrylic Paintings page

I've done a lot of different work over the years.
Maybe someday I'll dig out sample photographs of my
jewelry, wood, and metal work and scan them.

Visit my other Stained Glass & Mosaic Mortar Material Matters pages for lots of links to resources, manufacturers, suppliers & studios:

Stained Glass Forums & Resources & Recommended Books
Links to more than 500 Stained Glass Artists & Studios
Soldering Tips & Remarks on Soldering Lead-Free
Mosaic Forums, Resources & Recommended Books
Links to more than 100 Mosaic Artists & Studios
My Main Mosaic Mortar Material Matters page
Mosaic Mortar Formula and Instructions
Mosaic Mortar Component Links
Pigments of All Types
Glass, Ceramic & Stone Tile & Stone Inlay
Resins, Reinforcing, Inlay & Radiant Heating Systems
The Sonafrank Family's Slot Car Racing Fun
Links to search engines that put the world on your desktop

FNSB Assembly There's a bit of politically relevant material on my private internet service provider (Mosquitonet) site, including great poetry & real spaghetti. Also, here's some of what the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly is doing. I'm no longer on the Assembly, but still care.

Computer Resource Center Visit my Geophysical Institute Web Site,
Professionally I supervise the Computer Resource Center
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Warner-Crivellaro Warner-Crivellaro Stained Glass is a great mail-order supplier! Charles & Marianne now have their catalog on-line with lots of sample glass images.
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Kokomo Opalescent Glass  Kokomo's got the most useful on-line glass samples!
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Mountaintop Mosaics  
 Visit Sven Warner's Mountaintop Mosaics for Italian vitreous tile & smalti
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All original images and text © Copyright Cole Sonafrank 1990-2000

Email Cole at
or call 907-474-8831(H), 907-474-7277(W)
Please note, I'm in Alaska so there's a time difference.
or write to P.O. Box 178, 3860 Azurite Drive, Ester, AK 99725-0178