DIY stained glass windows

Materials and Tools for stained glass windows:

  • Pattern
  • Oil Paper/Carbon Paper
  • Glue Stick/Scissors
  • Glass Assortment
  • Glass Cutter (preferably carbide wheel)
  • Running Pliers
  • Grinder
  • 7/32" Copper Foil/ Fid
  • 60/40 Solder
  • Stained Glass Soldering Iron/ Temperature Controller
  • Flux/ Brush
  • Wet Sponge
  • Optional: Framing material/Patina/ Solder
  1. Trace your pattern onto oil paper with Carbon in between for transfer. Tip: Use only gentle curves in your design for optimal cutting ease. Sharp turns are very tricky to cut!

  2. Use scissors to cut out pattern and glue pieces onto desired glass.
    Tip: Number your pieces so you'll remember how to put them back together later!

  3. Cut Glass from one end to other and snap with running pliers.
    Tip: To preserve the life of your cutter, never score over the same line twice!

  4. Fit glass together to form your picture. Grind if needed. Clean before foiling.

  5. Wrap Copper foil tape around all edges and burnish flat with a fid.
    Tip: Store your extra foil in a Ziploc bag to preserve the life of the adhesive.

  6. Plug soldering iron in to temperature controller and set to 800'F. Apply flux to all metal lines with brush.
    Tip: Apply a drop of solder to all joints first, so your pieces won't slip or move out of place!

  7. Solder lines, following the metal lines with the tip of your iron, let solder rest just above the iron tip, to melt and flow to form a "bead" (line of solder).
    Tip: Cleaning the piece thoroughly with soap and water immediately after soldering will help to prevent oxidation on the metal.

  8. Frame in a lead or zinc channel and apply patina or finishing wax as desired.
About The Stained Glass Garden:
The Stained Glass Garden is a family owned and operated glass art gallery, supplier, and education center. They have provided the San Francisco Bay Area with quality service, glass, unique gifts, and a creative outlet since 1976.

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