Here Are the Stained Glass Methods You'll Need to Be Familiar With
There are two major types of stained glass methods you’ll come across. There is also third method mentioned that is a bit different and one that we started with to get our feet wet in creating stained glass. We felt that it should be referenced as an option to learn stained glass making.
Also note there are a number of ways to utilize glass to make various pieces of art, but here we will focus on stained glass making and provide some additional art methods throughout the site.
Below we will provide you a basic outline, the pros of each, and help you decide which technique may work best for you.
This is a more traditional process of making stained glass. The pieces of glass are cut and the fit like a glove into metal channeling, called cames.
Cames come in various sizes and metal types and lead is the most common. Other hard metals also used include zinc, brass, and copper.
The joints on the came are soldered together to create strength. This is a good method for large patterns of stained glass. This stained glass method is one that is lengthy & detailed, therefore we've created an entire set of articles related to lead came...
Click here to learn all about the lead came process.
Here's a great article on how to use lead came stained glass in windows!
This is the best method (in our opinion) for beginners. With this strategy, the glass is cut into the pattern pieces.
The edges of each piece is covered with a copper foil (hence the name). This foil makes it possible for the stained glass soldering process to adhere to form the stained glass pattern or design.
This method is perfect for stained glass window panels, boxes, and lampshades just to name a few of the projects we enjoy.
Check out more on how to create stained glass using the copper foil method!
Stained glass can also be applied to clear glass such as a square jar or vase.
This method is similar to making mosaic tiles, but instead of an opaque look, it will be translucent.
This is one of the best methods for clear glass items.
Again, this is a basic outline to introduce you to each of the methods to work with and we'll get into more detail within each section and throughout the site (see below for additional articles, questions, tips, and more related to the various methods discussed.
This should provide you a great start as to which method will work best on your next/first project.
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