Stained Glass from start to finishByJay Reavis, owner/artistStained Glass Basement
The first step to creating stained glass is to find an object and thencreate a pattern. For this demonstration I have selected the first letterof my last name.
Once I have the decided on the pattern, I create another copy with tracingpaper. This is used to create a duplicate on paper I will use to cut apart andplace on the glass to be cut.
Here I place the tracing paper on the glass to verify there is enough glass tocut out. As you can see, I have another pattern on the paper and some of thepieces cut out and glued to the glass.
Here is where you number the pieces of the pattern and select the directionof the grain. (Yes it makes a difference!)
In this slide you can see the pieces are cut and I used rubber cement to gluethem to the glass. As on the previous slide, I place the pieces according to thegrain of the glass to match the arrows.
“Desktop” view of works in progress.(Pictured are: clockwise, blue painter tape, flux brush, various pieces of lead camefor other project, pattern pieces on glass, more flux and last solder.)
The next series of slides I will demonstrate how to cut curves. On insidecurves, you will make several smaller cuts to slowly ease into the curve. Theblack lines are drawn for reference and I will cut and break each piece.
Now each piece has been cut and the edges have been ground smooth toprevent sharp edges. I’ll post another set of power points later on the actualcutting and grinding.
With all pieces ground, the next step is to apply the foil. Stained glassfoil comes in various widths and backing. The different backings arecopper (standard), silver (for clear glass), and black (why not?). As thefoil is applied you will burnish it (smoothing and adding adherence tothe foil back.
Next, the edges are ‘tinned’, meaning a very light coating of solder.
Next, line the pieces according to the pattern and tack the seams only.
After the pieces are tacked and you are satisfied with the alignment, a lightbead of solder is applied to the seam.
With the ‘positive’ space created, now it’s time for the ‘negative’ space. Usingthe pattern, lines need to be drawn to extend out to the edges so it can besoldered to the framework. (again another pattern of my favorite state!)
I place the clear glass on top of the first part to trace around for my cut lines.
Again, the glass is cut and the edges ground smooth, foil is edged and burnished. Ithen place the pieces to match. The pieces are tinned as before, tacked in place then athin bead is set on the seams. Once all this is complete and you are satisfied, you canfinish solder the seams.
As a last step, you may add any kind of frame you wish. This may be anythingfrom wood to lead came to anything you want. For this project I used a zinc H-channel came. This allows the piece to be re-enforced and add some color.
Now you have seen the basics of creating a stained glass piece of art that youwill treasure for years to come. Thanks for watching and stay tuned foradditional presentations.Jay ReavisStained Glass Basement.