Space Between Glass and Foil

by Denise Spencer
(NSW, Australia)

I have terrible trouble working out the space to leave between pieces for the foil my pieces fit nicely till I foil, then yuk! spaces. I am not a foil person, but want to master it. Wish you were still in Aussie, need people like you.


It sounds like you're leaving too much space around your pattern pieces. If you're using pattern shears, I have never found any that cut a narrow enough strip.

I draw around the pattern pieces with a medium ball point pen, then cut out that need to cut along the outside edge of the line on either side of it. If you trace cut rather than using pattern pieces, cut on the inside edge of the line.

You can also cut and foil as you go along rather than cutting all of the pieces first. By doing it that way, you can keep track of how the spacing is coming along and make alterations as you go.

By the way, I wish I was still in Aussie too! I'll be in Canberra for a 6 week visit next Feb-March and can hardly wait.

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Aug 22, 2009
Spacing Between Glass Pieces
by: Jan

I have always foiled as I built my pieces. It is easy to miss a slight protrusion of a glass piece, which is not noticed until the glass is foiled. I feel I have much better control of spacing if I make adjustments as I go along. That also allows for some changes in shape if I see where the design might be improved by an alteration.

Thanks for your wonderful tips!

Aug 21, 2009
Little things make a huge difference~!
by: Lisa Seger

Thanks, Sue, for that answer to a question that we have all had at one time or another. I only use pattern pieces when I am using a glass that allows no light thru, such as black. The rest of the time, I use a handy light box that my sweet hubby made for me. But I use a sharpie to trace the outline of the pattern, and have always just scored straight down the middle of the trace line. Now I understand why my pieces aren't fitting as well as they should. You are saying I should score along the inside of the trace line. Makes sense, and I will give it a try today!
Thanks again for all your helpful insight. I have been at this for almost a year, and am taking orders for some really nice pieces. In fact, I want to share with you a piece I just completed. I had an antique mirror that I decided to use the frame for a large stained glass piece. I call the piece blue moons, and I will try to figure out how to post it to the site so you can all see it.

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