Making Stained Glass

Making stained glass can provide you with hours of satisfaction and potentially an at-home income as well!



068 making stained glass - finished piece
The completed panel will brighten any window in your home or make a cherished gift for a friend. What's more, with experience you may find that making stained glass can turn into a full-fledged home business!
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068 making stained glass 1 initial sketch
To create a stained glass artwork, make an initial sketch, then draw a full-sized pattern on graph paper.
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068 making stained glass 4 soldering
Solder the pieces together. Note the distinctive cross and "V" solder junctions.
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068 making stained glass 3 assembled and braced
When the entire sun-catcher is assembled and braced with farrier's nails you're ready to word.
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068 making stained glass 2 numbered segments
Once you've cut and numbered the glass segments, start at the lower left corner and — "fanning" out from that spot — set your pieces and lead strips in place. The lead ends will have to be cut at varying angles to insure smooth-fitting joints. You may also need to trim some panes' edges to help them slip into their "holders."
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068 making stained glass - FIG 2
FIG 2: Never design a right or acute angle without adding at least one lead line from the "point" of the angle.
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068 making stained glass - FIG 1
Never draw a "lead line" (one that indicates the position of the lead that will hold your shards together) that stops in space. All such lines must be connected to other lead lines.  
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068 making stained glass - FIG 3
Always divide any large pieces of background glass into small shapes. Avoid having tight curves that jut into such shapes.
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068 making stained glass - FIG 5
The "H" shape has a channel on each side that serves as a common border when two pieces of glass meet. The "U" shape is used around the outer edges of the piece.
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068 making stained glass - FIG 4
Dip your glass cutter in some light oil or turpentine, set the scoring wheel close to the edge of the glass, press down firmly, and push it away from you across the glass surface.
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