Copper foiling glass requires some manual dexterity and it involves turning each piece repeatedly as the foil is applied. Since I am working with pieces now which are clear and have similar shapes, I wanted to be sure that each piece was replaced into the pattern into the right orientation. An upside down diamond may not fit as well as one that is placed "right side up." Therefore, as I removed each clear piece, I marked it with a symbol to let me know which side is the top and which side faces left.
And here is the panel, fully foiled and ready for the next step which is tack soldering.
After Eric attaches the frame around the border, he re-installs the fence to hold it in place. At this point, I return and solder the lead lines directly to the frame. In this way, it is securely fastened to the frame at multiple points all around which adds again to the strength of the panel.
After the panel is securely attached to the frame, I remove the fence and begin the application of the Novacan Black Patina. Although there are two separate patina products, one for the solder and one for the zinc frame, only one product is needed. The patina for the solder works fine on the zinc, turning the fame and solder black instantly, I let it set for a bit, then I apply patina to the other side of the panel. Then I spray Kwik-Clean on both sides and towel dry it. After the panel is dry on both sides, I apply Clarity Stained Glass Finishing Compound with a rag. This product is a light wax which protects the solder and the patina and gives the glass a beautiful shine.
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