March 28, 2012 in The Glass Lifestyle
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After designing and choosing your tools and materials, it’s time to build the project. This process involves cutting and/or breaking glass, foiling it, soldering, framing, and finishing it all up.
Lie glass flat on a surface to cut glass. It’s better to use glass at room temperature than cold glass, because it cuts easier. If you are using a glass cutter of decent quality, cutting glass should be easy with some practice. You can make straight cuts, curves, or circles.
Once you’ve cut the glass, wash them so they have clean edges. Dry them thoroughly and wrap the edges with copper foils. You can do this by hand or use a foiling tool.
Soldering holds the pieces of stained glass together. It is done with this function in mind, but making the lines smooth and consistent will make your project look more professional.
Attach a zinc frame around the whole project to protect it.
Once you are done with the whole process, clean and polish the project so that each glass piece can interact beautifully with light.
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More resources, such as FAQ, detailed pictures of the making process of stained glass, and how-to videos can be found in the following websites:
- Art of stained glass: Detailed pictures and videos
- Creativity in glass: Detailed pictures and videos
- Createstainedglass.com: FAQs about making stained glass
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