Whenever I'm handing glass that I'm cutting or grinding, I always wear these on my fingers. They are Swingline brand Rubber Fingers, found at Staples in two or three different sizes.
Here are some background Amber Artique pieces after they've been cut with the saw. The rubber fingers come in handy to keep a firm grip on them, since they are slippery with lip balm and water (and sharp).
Below, I'm carefully encircling the outer edge of a piece of the Artique glass, pressing it onto the edge of the glass as I go. Notice that the interior of this foil is black. I've chosen black back foil because I'll be applying black patina when all the soldering is done. This will make the foil basically invisible when the window is completed.
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