How To Make A Stain Glass Window!Presentation Transcript
HOW TO MAKE A STAIN GLASS WINDOW!
Glass Cutter- scores or cuts the glass
Running Pliers- gently snaps the glass where the score or cut is
Breaker/Grozer Pliers- breakers the little pieces the Running Pliers did not get
Grinder- grinds down the rough, sharp edges
Ring Saw- cuts circles and other hard cuts
Light Table- light shines through so you can see the design through the glass
DESIGN OR PICTURE
Find a piece that you would enjoy to have in your house or something you would like to give to someone. There are many different designs to choose from. You can get books full of designs and pictures or you can get on the internet and find anything you want. Some sites give them away for free and others you have to buy. The picture I chose for this project is a Blond Cocker Spaniel.
After picking your picture or design you need to number every piece on the picture. You number it so when you start cutting you number the glass to what piece it is. That way you know what is what and where it goes.
Next you pick out the glass you wish to use.
Picking out glass for your picture is tougher then you would think. There are many different colors and styles to chose from. I have spent all day looking for the perfect colors for my windows. Pick colors you like. It does not have to be the same color of the picture you picked. You want to put your touch to the picture so do it the way you want it, you will have it forever.
Lay your picture on the light table after it has been numbered. Next lay your selected glass on top of the picture. Then start scoring or cutting the glass along the lines of the picture. Every piece will have to be grinded to get the sharp edges clean and this also helps the piece fit together better. After all pieces are cut and grinded you can start putting it together.
Now comes the fun part. After everything is clean you start putting Copper Foil Tape around the edges. If it is a big window or picture I would suggest using Lead instead of tape. When the pieces are taped you start tacking the pieces tightly together. Then you flux the picture one piece at a time. The flux is to keep the picture together. After you put flux on a piece you use your Sauder Iron to heat the flux and foil so they will stick together. Your sauder lines will be silver and if you wish to make them black you use Patina to change the color.
Stain glass is a great hobby. It is a fun and relaxing way to pass time. You can make whatever you want in your spare time without having pressure. I am not artistic at all but this is one thing I can do and it looks good when I am done. Doing stain glass pictures is a way to get away from everything and everyone. It is time you can spend by yourself. It could also be considered a form of meditiation.
By Holly Latham
All my picture came from http://chantalstainglass.50megs.com/