IT WORKS!!!!!!!!

by Sharon Vaerst
(Bemidji Minnesota)

I need to do a repair to the bottom of a box. Did the can cutting thing (a beer can of course) and voilla'.

What a fantastic hint. You can bet I won't forget this.
Another hint: When using mirror as the box bottom. If you need to grind your edges smooth, cover the bottom with contact paper, it's cheap and won't hinder your grinding. When finished and the piece is clean and dry, give it at least two coats of sealer. I use black, grill high heat paint with no problems. Just be sure and coat those edges. That was why the box bottom had to be replaced. I dodn't do a good enough job of coating the edges. AND DO NOT lift your foil from the edge while placing it on the edge. It can remove the sealer you just put on........hope this helos at least one person

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removing cracked piece of glass

If you notice that a piece of glass has cracked after being soldered,I used a spring loaded center punch to break the broken glass into small pieces. It then can be removed from the surrounding glass and the foil can be removed
with ease as it falls away from the other foiled pieces. This works with came also. Spring loaded center punch can be purchased at most hardware stores.

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removing foil

by randy cavender
(Claremont,NC)

Sometimes you have to remove foil because you're not happy with your initial attempt. I have found that if you put your incorrectly foiled glass piece in water, the glue is softened such that the foil comes off much easier.

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Repair tip

by Jan
(Scotland)


When I do a repair I prop the new glass up with blue tack as it does not stick to the glass or the solder and you can move it about untill you get it just the way you want it.

I also use it for puting round the edges of a pattern i have just cut and foiled to hold it in place so it does not move when i am soldering it especially patterns with lots of little pieces.

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Another tip for reworking Copper Foil

by Marti
(Franklin, IN )

I found that if you tear up a copper foil project that the copper foil leaves a residue on the glass. Just washing it doesn't get rid of the sticky residue, so I found that using a light pumice stone on the residue takes it right off and doesn't reshape your piece in any way. You will find a nice smooth piece to rework you project with.

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