Friday, May 27, 2011

Stained glass cabinet panel foiled

Almost done!  The edges of all of the glass in the panel have been wrapped with 7/32" adhesive copper foil, as shown.  Each piece is set into the center of the foil so that there is an equal edge, front and back. The foil is then flattened onto the glass with a fid, a thin, durable plastic wand.

I used "black backed" foil for this panel, so that if any of the inside of the foil can be seen through the glass, it will be indistinguishable from the solder, which will be patinaed in black.  (Click to enlarge photo).

Here is the panel, still in the jig, with all of the pieces wrapped in foil. (Click to enlarge photo).
The next, and final, steps will be to brush the copper foil with flux, tack solder the pieces, remove the jig, slide out the paper pattern (cartoon), solder the front and back, and then add a thin metal reinforcing frame (channel).

I'll be working behind my cameras for this Memorial Day Weekend, courtesy of Fleet Week assignments.  Be back shortly afterwards.  This duplicate panel is shaping up to be indistinguishable from the original.

Click here for Boehm Stained Glass Studio website.

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