I prepared several different variations of the angel .. Here is the "winner"
Here I'm preparing the pattern. I sized the design to 8" x 8", then made a "sandwich" of Manila folder on the bottom, then carbon paper, then the printed pattern on top. Then I transferred all markings. I keep a color rendition of the piece nearby so that I can mark the glass colors as well.
I use stained glass pattern shears to cut the pattern pieces. They are double-bladed and leave a small bit of paper between each piece. This leaves room for the copper foil to follow later.
The metal "fence" which keeps the glass in place as I work.
Tracing pattern pieces onto the glass with a black Sharpie.
Since the pieces are locked in, I've removed the "fence" and I'm sliding out the paper pattern. Now that the angel is free from the fence, I can maneuver it around to get good angles for soldering.
Here I'm soldering the front. The back follows soon after.
After the front and back are fully soldered, I apply "black patina". This is a blue chemical which instantly turns the solder black. After it sets a few minutes, I wash it off carefully with a spray called "Kwik-Clean" and I allow it to dry.
Here's the angel with the black patina applied.
Next, my husband Eric custom cuts a metal frame and pins to the panel.
Making hanging hooks from paper clips. Sometimes I make hooks from wire, but since this piece is small and lightweight, the small paper clips work just fine.
To prepare for soldering the hook, I add flux to the area, then I place a blob of solder over it. I hold the hook in place using needle nose pliers, then I heat it and let it sink into place.
Here's the computer rendition again ..
And here's the finished angel in the sunlight.
Another view showing the beautiful textures of the glass. The angel will look different depending on the amount of light nearby.
And another view .. Thanks so much for asking me to make this for your boss, Diana .. It was a really fun project .. I hope she loves it. Merry Christma to you, your boss and to all of my Boehm Stained Glass Studio customers!
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