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Stained glass, as an art and a craft, requires the artistic skill to create an appropriate and workable design, and the craftsmanship skills to assemble the piece. A window must fit snugly into the space for which it is made, must resist wind and rain, and also, especially in the larger windows, must support its own weight. For this reason stained glass panels have been described as “illuminated wall decorations”.

Stained Glass Techniques

Copper Foil

The copper foil method, also called the Tiffany Method, of stained glass construction involves wrapping the edges of each piece of glass in your project with a copper foil tape. Copper is chosen because it is easy to form and bend (is malleable), solders easily, and is readily available. The pieces are then joined by soldering them together on both front and back which creates a metal framework that holds the glass pieces together. The perimeter edges can be tinned with solder or a zinc frame can be added. This technique is used for detailed panel or lamp designs and suncatchers.

Lead Came

The lead came method includes assembling pieces of cut and sometimes painted glass using lead came sections. Lead came is available in different widths and profiles to add variety to the panel  design. The joints where the came meet are soldered to create a continuous framework. When all of the glass pieces have been assembled within came, a lead or zinc border is put around the entire panel and supports are added as needed. The work may be made weatherproof by forcing a soft oily cement or putty between the glass and the cames.

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