Thursday, November 29, 2012
Geometric beveled stained glass window - Done!
I had some issues with a photo media card so this posting is delayed, but I actually finished the window several days ago. Here are the steps to finish this beauty! (Click on any photo to enlarge for a closer look).
In the last post, the entire window had been copper foiled. Below I'm brushing liquid flux onto the copper foil to prepare it for soldering. Don't brush on too much flux or the solder will sputter and bubble. Also, use care that this caustic chemical does not get on your hands.
This is the brand I use, a Sperian P100 Respirator for Lead Removal, a specialized mask which can be found in many hardware stores. They're about $15 each. For safety, always wear one when working with solder which contains lead in any amount. I use 60/40 solder, lead/tin.
After the window has been completely soldered on the front, carefully turn it over, brush on the flux, and solder the back. Here it is at this point ..
So happy to receive this lovely note ..
What can I say but thank you! The stained glass was a tremendous surprise for my husband this Christmas. He had often commented how he wanted a stained class window but had never made the effort to find one. He was was completely confused when he tore off the wrapping paper to reveal the wooden box that Eric so creatively designed. Once Steven opened the box and it registered what treasure was inside, I could see his whole face change. He had no idea what was waiting for him. He immediately began to admire the stained glass and ask all kinds of questions about where it came from. It was so fun to explain our secret meetings and emails designing the piece that was being created especially for him. He was really touched and immediately said, "I want to meet her." It was thrilling for me to have successfully surprised him with a unique one of a kind gift. This was only possible due to your talent and willingness to create exactly what our space needed. Now that the window is up, you couldn't imagine the space without it. You really looked at the style of our home and our existing stained glass windows when you came for the consultation. Your suggestions guided my choices and I couldn't be happier with the result. The stained glass looks as if it were originally supposed to be there. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!