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How to make stained glass art

Peaks Hanging Panel.
2 copies of pattern.
Wood board.
Masking tape.
Black-backed copper foil.
Safety flux.
60/40 solder.
1/8 in single channel U-shaped zinc came. 18 to 20 gauge tinned copper wire.
Neutralizing solution.
Black patina.
Wax or finishing compound.
Heavy monofilament line (fishing line).
Apron Safety glasses. Utility knife or scissors. Permanent waterproof fine-tipped marker. Cork-backed straightedge. Glass cutter. Running pliers. Breaking pliers. Glass grinder 1/4 in drilling/grinding bit. Soft cloths. Lathekin or doweling. Hammer and nails or push pins. Soldering iron and stand. Natural fiber sponge. Cotton swabs. Sidecutters or lead knippers.
Rubber gloves. Fine steel wool (000). Toothbrush. Cup hook screw.
14 in wide by 13-3/8 in high 19.
A  12 in x 14 in blue/red/amber streaky
B   5 in x 7 in amber craquel
C   4-2 in x 3 in clear diamond bevels
D   1-4 in clear circular bevel
This quantity of glass is the exact amount needed for the pattern. You may have to purchase more glass. Please allow for matching textures and. grain.

Preparing the Pieces:
Follow steps 1 to 3 for Small Hanging Panel. Omit step 4.
Grind each piece of glass, as required, to fit the pattern. Leave enough space between each piece so that the pattern line (1/32 in wide) is visible between each piece. This will accommodate the copper foil being wrapped around each piece.
Verify that the bevels fit the pattern and grind to fit if they do not . As shown on the pattern, the surface on the 2 in x 3 in diamond bevels has been altered. With the marker, trace  the outline of the “snow cap” onto each bevel. Grind the pattern onto each beveled surface by holding it at an angle and lightly grinding, using the 1/4 in drilling/grinding bit on the glass grinder. Practise on a piece of scrap glass first.
Follow step 7 for Small Hanging Panel using black-backed copper foil.
Assembling the Panel:
Tape a copy of the pattern to a wood board (slightly larger than the panel). Arrange the foiled pieces on the pattern and tack solder together. If there is concern about the pieces moving around while tacking, hold them in place with pieces of masking tape or push pins or nails around the perimeter of the panel.
Tin all exposed copper foil on the interior seams. Solder no closer than 1/4 in to the lower circular-shaped outside edge to allow ease of fitting the zinc came border.
Continue following steps 10 and 11 for Small Hanging Panel.
Cut a 23-1/2 in length of zinc came border, to be used on the lower circular-shaped edge only. This provides support to the panel. Trim the ends at an angle to correspond with the adjoining solder seams.
Being careful not to kink the zinc came, slowly fit it around the lower edge of the panel. Start at the point where the circular bevel intersects with the lower outside edge. If the glass is thicker than the channel in the came, use a lathekin to widen the channel. This makes fitting easier. Use masking tape to hold the zinc came in place until it is soldered to the panel. Trim any excess zinc off the end of the lower left-hand corner.
Solder the zinc came in place at each point that it meets a solder seam on the panel and at the 2 ends. Repeat on the opposite side of the panel seams.
Tin the remaining outside edges. Bead solder  each edge-make sure the solder cools before turning the project to bead the next edge.
Follow step 15 for Small Hanging Panel.
On the back of the panel, position the loop on the solder seam indicated on the pattern and solder securely in place. The loop is meant to be as inconspicuous as possible. Do not solder the loop to an outside edge.
Clean the panel.
Apply patina .
Apply finishing compound or wax .
Use heavy monofilament line (fishing line) to hang the panel. Screw the cup hook into the window frame and hang panel. Suction cups are not recommended because they dry out, allowing the panel to fall and break.
NOTE: Because exposure to the sun’s UV rays can damage the monofilament, check it occasionally and replace as needed.

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