Using Lead Around the Edges of a Foiled Window
by melanie zimmermann
I am working on a 28.5 x 20 inch copper foiled stained glass window - http://mjzdesigns.wordpress.com/arts-and-crafts/. it is a gift for my dad's birthday. I plan to frame the window in a wooden frame. My local craft store has a frame that can be stained any color that is especially made for stained glass projects.
Should I use lead came around the perimeter of the window to add strength or should I just let the wooden frame provide the support? thanks for your help. I really appreciate your help and your website. It has become the first site I refer for solutions to my stained glass questions.Answer
The wooden frame will be enough for strength around the edges. However, you should use some copper restrip reinforcement in the panel to give it internal strength. The picture above shows where it could go.
The top and bottom strips go from outside edge to outside edge of the panel. The center one starts and stops on the inside edge of the border glass. It must touch the top and bottom restrip where it (the center restrip) starts and finishes. I hope this makes sense to you.