At this stage, all the glass had been cut, trimmed, fitted, ground and copper foiled. There were 193 pieces of glass. Here I'm applying Canfield brand Blu-Glass Liquid Flux with a metal acid brush. This flux is less caustic than standard flux. Always a safer choice. Note that I am taking it from the cap of the jar. The excess should never be returned to the jar, as it can get easily contaminated.
Below, I'm "tack soldering" the pieces together while they are still in the "jig" or metal fence. This assures that the pieces will not shift when the jig is removed.
Here I've tack soldered the entire front of the window and removed the jig. Now I'm carefully sliding the "cartoon" or paper pattern out from under the window. This assures that the pattern is kept clean from the chemicals which will follow.
At this stage, I've soldered the entire front of the window. Here my husband Eric is placing custom sized zinc framing to the outer border. When the framing is complete, he'll secure it in place with a series of push pins along each side. Then I'll solder the corners and solder the lead lines of the design to the frame, for added strength.
Here is the framed piece with the front soldered. I then turn the window over and flux and solder the back.
Here again is the original design ...
And here is the completed window! (Note that the background is clear windowpane glass. It was photographed against a white wall in my studio).
your 15 bird panels and this lovely window for your newly renovated kitchen. May you and Rod enjoy them all, for many years to come!
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