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[Stained Glass Gems] All About Copper Overlay
July 19, 2009

Issue 007

Welcome to all of you stained glass enthusiasts. These Stained Glass Gems have been found during my frequent browsing and deep digging for helpful and or unusual stained glass web sites, as well as other information pertaining to stained glass. I have a long list that I will share with you over the months ahead. I do hope that there's a gem or two that will brighten your day and be helpful during your stained glass journey.

Thank you to everyone that helped after the last ezine. A special thanks to Theresa for the 8 blogs she recommended. I couldn't believe my eyes as her emails kept coming. Also, I was very impressed with the answers you gave to the question about hanging a zinc framed panel. You people are a real blessing to me. :-)


This ezine will mainly focus on
Copper Overlay

Lately I've had many questions about how to do a copper overlay. Since I've only done this one overlay (the picture on the left) in my entire stained glass career, I'm not the one to be showing you how to do it. However, I have found quite a few web sites and tutorials that will be excellent help for you. You will find most of them under Web Site of the Month and Useful Tutorials. Enjoy!

Web Site of the Month

Anne Ryan Miller Glass Studio be sure to look at her Metal Overlay's a great source for inspiration. To find it, click on the second leaf on the bottom row. And Here is a brief description of how she does her metal overlays.

Do you know of a web site that you think others would enjoy? Let me know about it here.

Useful Tutorials

Copper Overlay

All of these web sites will show or tell you how various artists do copper overlay (or a variation of it). Everyone has a slightly different technique and their styles differ as well. You will find a broad spectrum of ways to approach overlay, and I hope they will inspire you enough to give it a try. I know I'm ready to do more overlay work!

Here's how to do it: How To 1 and How To 2

Also, here's a Slide Show well worth looking at. Tony Banfield shows his overlay techniques and how to make wire trees for overlay. Tony posts on quite a few forums. I have come to know him through the Warner-Criv forum.

Robert Oddy's The Anatomy of a Commission Robert talks about a custom design he did with copper overlay. There are pictures showing how he does it. It's an interesting article to read, full of good information about making a stained glass window.

Cathy Claycomb's Class Pictures will give you some ideas of what's involved. Cathy teaches classes about her technique called "Hidden Images". It's about choosing a sheet of glass that has unique streaks and swirls, and using it as the background for her copper foil overlay.

Here are some great pictures of Copper Overlay and a short description of how and why it's done Description

Let's Chat

Dave's Garden Mosaic and Stained Glass Forum is a very friendly forum for anyone that works with stained glass or mosaics. If you're into gardening, there are quite a few garden forums there as well.

Where To Get It

Here's where you can get Sheet Copper Foil, for doing large overlay work, or you can do a Google search to find copper sheet elsewhere. The sheets are 12" x 12"

Cathy Claycomb's VHS "Hidden Images" is available from her web site. She also has patterns for sale.

Solder Sculpting and Beyond by Kay Bain Weiner is a book that I've had since 2002 when I took a short workshop with the author. This book has many fun projects in it, all of them involving solder. There are sections on Embossed and Textured Copper Overlay, decorative soldering, and a lot of other techniques to make your work unique. I recommend this book to anyone that wants to make one of a kind pieces.

Tips and Techniques

This is a short tip, but useful if you are doing copper overlay. Some people prefer to work on the overlay somewhere other than on the actual glass. A piece of marble is a wonderful surface to work on. When it's finished, the overlay peels off easily and is ready to apply to the glass. I recently found a piece of round marble that appears to have been an insert for something (perhaps a cheese tray). I got it for $2.00 at a garage sale. It's 12" in diameter and will work perfectly for doing overlays and solder sculptures.

In The Works and Completed Work

Nothing in the works for the next month or so. I'll be having knee replacement surgery at the end of this month, so I'll be taking some time off from any active glass work for a few weeks.

Miscellaneous Stuff!

The Score, Spectrum Glass Summer Issue is now available online. It is full of patterns and ideas.

For anyone that enjoys looking at medieval stained glass windows The Medieval Stained Glass Photographic Archive is a new website featuring over 10,000 images of (mainly French) stained glass. The focus is on glass before c.1320.

If you use DiamondCRETE cement for your stepping stones, I recently received this notice: Due to circumstances beyond their control, DiamondCRETE has had to discontinue production.

Best deals in art glass suppliesDelphi Stained Glass Supplies is a place I have bought many supplies from over the years. Some very helpful people work there. I once needed a sheet of a particular Kokomo streaky glass that had the color distribution in a particular sequence. While I was on the phone, the sales person was in the warehouse pulling out glass and describing it to me. When it arrived, it was exactly what I wanted. You can't ask for better service than that!


"Make a Box With a Hinged Lid" is an ebook that will walk you through making a stained glass box. Read about what is included in the book and how it will simplify box making. You will get a free gift when you order. "Make a Box With a Hinged Lid"

Have a look at How-To DVDs You're going to find hundreds of "How To" DVD's for rent. They have some very interesting stained glass tutorials which can be found at Glass

Do you need a pattern resizer or a design program? I can highly recommend Pattern Wizard and Rapid Resizer. They are reasonably priced and you get a fairly long free trial before you have to commit to paying for them. You have the option of buying one or the other or both.

Just in case you don't know, the Stained Glass Gems ezine is mailed out the third Sunday of every month. Be on the look out for [Stained Glass Gems] Issue 8 on Sunday, August 16th.

I want to encourage you to have fun and experiment with your glass. Try new things and different techniques. It's amazing what you can do when you "think outside the box."


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