patterns not lining up properly, gaps between cut pieces.

by John M
(Shirley, NY)

I'm new to this after cutting my glass patterns, some pieces just don't line up properly even after some grinding. I have some gaps between curved pieces.

I will attempt to use the foil method, how forgiving is this? Can I fill the gaps with solder & still make it look half way decent?

Answer
Since I can't see how far off it is, I really can't say whether it will be half way decent or not.

When working with stained glass, each step relies on the previous step. In other words, if your pattern pieces aren't accurate, your glass won't be accurate. If the glass isn't accurate, it won't go together accurately.

If your pattern pieces don't fit together, your glass won't fit together either.

Here is a tutorial on cutting pattern pieces: Pattern Pieces.

If your cutting isn't accurate, You'll either have gaps or the piece will be too big, or a combination of the two.

Here's a page on Glass Cutting Tips and another on How to Cut Glass

I hope these will help you. Don't get discouraged. You just need to follow the stained glass mantra which is practice, practice, practice.

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using seashells in stained glass pattern

by Liz
(Portsmouth, VA)

Hi Sue,

I want to use a nautilus shell in a stained glass pattern--how do I go about that? Do I need to grind and foil the shell (and will it even hold the foil?). Thanks for your help. Liz

Answer

Yes, I've seen some beautiful panels that have incorporated nautilus shells. There's no need to grind it, just make sure the edges are super clean, then wrap with foil and solder it in place.

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How to make eyes for stained glass dogs

Eye fix

WHAT CAN I DO FOR EYES IN DOGS

Answer

You can do one of three things.
1. Buy one black and one white Zig Painty pens and paint the eyes on the glass.
2. Cut the tan glass and fill in the areas with solder. Add black patina and paint on the white areas.
3. Cut the tan glass, add black glass for the eyes and paint the white areas.

Always add the painted areas after the project is completely finished...cleaning and patina included.

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Creating Chrome look on Car Bumpers etc.

by Rick Howard
(Vulcan, Alberta, Canada)

I am in the process of doing a 1957 Chev. Car. I have tried to make the chrome pices look good yet have failed.
I placed foil on the locations indicated on the pattern and soldered them. The foil came away from the glass in most places.
Should I have grind the locations that are to look like chrome or am I completely our of the ball park?
Thanks for all the time and effort folks put into helping those of us who need it.
Thanks again,
Rick Howard

Answer

What you are trying to do is called overlay. When you overlay copper foil, it should be attached at either end to a solder line. That's the only way it will stay put for good.

If there's no other way to put it on the glass with no place to attach it, cut the foil and solder it before you put it on the glass. Then glue it to the glass rather than depending on the adhesive on the back of the foil. The adhesive is not permanent. It will deteriorate over time. Its main purpose is to hold the foil in place while it is being soldered. If it is soldered correctly, the solder then simulates lead came and it stays put. The adhesive is no longer needed, although you wouldn't think so when you try to peel off foil that has been soldered!

Here is the Best Glue I have found for glass work. Another one I like is E 6000.

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pattern cutting

when cutting patterns, do you cut the inside of the line or the outside?

Answer

Inside the line. If you cut outside the line the glass pieces will be too big. That line represents the lead or copper foil. You can read more about pattern pieces Here

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Is Glass Eye in $ format?

Hi,
I like the look of the Glass Eye professional program.
I emailed them a while ago with a question but haven't heard - doesn't seem surprising by some comments I read.
I wondered if anyone with Glass Eye can advise me if the pricing functions are all in US dollars or can it be used for British pounds?

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Carbon paper for pattern making

by Rhonda
(Placitas, NM)

I would like to try making my pattern pieces with a more sturdy cardboard like material as you have suggested. I am having trouble finding the carbon paper, where do you find yours? Another question...If I am tracing a pattern larger than the standard carbon sheet, do you tape multiple pieces together to fit the pattern size?

Answer

You can get carbon paper at most stationary supply stores like Staples. Some places sell carbon paper larger than the standard 81/2 x 11.

Yes, you can tape it together or just lay it on the poster board and overlap each piece a bit.

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Cutting The Pattern

by Marilyn Unick
(Sparta, NJ)

I've been working with stained glass for about 2 years and am still trying to perfect each aspect of it. After all this time I am still not certain about where to cut when cutting the pattern! Inside the line or outside the line? Do I cut outside the line with the black line still showing? If I cut inside the line, then I am eliminating the black line altogether. None of the instructions I've read (I've even taken classes) are specific to this problem, it only says to "cut the pattern pieces out".

Thank you.

Marilyn Unick

Answer

Hi Marilyn,

You want to get rid of the black line. If you leave the line there, your piece will grow by the width of the copper foil around each piece, or by the width of the heart of the came (if you are working with lead).

Here are instructions for making pattern pieces: Pattern Pieces

After you trace around the pattern pieces, on your glass, you cut inside the trace line. Like your pattern pieces, you want to get rid of the line. Make sure you cut right along the edge of the line, so you don't cut the piece too small or too large.

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Pattern Resizing Program such as Rapid Resizer

by George B. Streissguth
(San Francisco, CA USA)

Thanks for the opportunity to ask a question. As I'm sure you already know, the Mac platform is used by the vast majority of designers, and is generally the only platform used at university art and architecture departments, design schools, and art schools. Unfortunately, Rapid Resizer inexplicably runs only on the Windows platform.

Could you please suggest a Pattern Resizing Program that runs on the Mac platform?

Answer

The only other program I'm aware of is Glass Eye. Here is the information I found it:

"Glass Eye 2000 Standard, Professional, and Professional Plus editions run on Windows 98 and all later versions, including Vista. They also run on Macs with Virtual PC, Boot Camp, Parallels or VMware Fusion (with Windows installed)."

I hope this will help you.

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Cutting Out a Pattern

Hi Sue

I'm having trouble cutting out my paper patterns. I have foil shears and I cut inside my pattern. When I lay what I cut on the pattern I have a space for my foil but then when I cut my glass the peices turn out too small and I don't know why
Thanks,
Gail

Answer

Hi Gail,

You need the line, around the pattern piece, centered on your pattern shears. You are taking off almost double the amount that you really need to remove when you cut on the inside of the line.

I personally never had much luck with pattern shears. I go over the line with a medium ball point pen, then cut on either side of the line with regular scissors. I know it takes more time, but the pattern pieces are accurate.

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