Useful Without Match

Recycle MatchsticksDo you throw away used matches or do you recycle them?

I save used matches and snip off the burned ends. The resulting wooden sticks have many uses, not only relating to glass crafts.

For fused glass work they’re a cheap and disposable means to apply glue (such as Bullseye’s Glastac) when assembling a piece, they’re useful for gently move small pieces of glass around and to apply epoxy resin to bails. For fine work you can sharpen the end of the matchstick with a knife.

For traditional leaded glass work I find matchsticks useful as a soft and disposable scraper when cleaning away excess leaded light cement to get a nice neat edge.


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Maker of stained glass frippery.
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