Reinforcing Glass Panels
I have designed and created 3 stained glass panels separately and now want to put them together to make a single rectangular panel for a transom window 66″ in length (actually I am doing 2 windows). Each single panel is 22 inches using foiled technique. I plan to go around the perimeter with U came, I think that is what you call it.
My question is this. When I solder the panels together do I need to reinforce the panels before soldering? If the answer is yes how should I do that?
I have attached my design that measures 10 7/8 x 66. There are (3) panels. Starfish, Chairs, and Starfish again. This will be placed on the inside of the transom windows using silicone or small window molding.
I do understand that there needs to be some way for air circulation between the stained glass and the window….my hubby will make that happen. :))
I am so happy that I have run across your site! I have been searching for an answer to my question with no luck. Thank you for offering your expertise.
I do not have pictures yet but I will be sure to send you one of the completed piece.
Thanks for your question. I love the design, it looks fun and upbeat. It will certainly cheer you up every morning 🙂
Because they’re only 11″ (nearly) high, I wouldn’t bother with reinforcing. If they were over 18″ they would need reinforcing to stop them sagging, but 11″ is ok without.
As I understand it (aren’t words rubbish?!) you’re framing each of the 3 panels separately with U came, then fixing them in front of an existing window.
If that’s the case, it’s fine to hold them in with either moulding or silicone.
Just make sure you’ve allowed for the U came in the measuring process. It might be too late for that… hope not!
Good luck with it all, and feel free to come back to my site to upload the end result. I’d love to see it in glass.
Saddle bar attachments
Hi Milly, I am fitting some restored stained glass panels into new wood frames. The panels are roughly 1mtr 26cm (4ft 2 inches) high so i am fitting saddle bars horizontally in either 2 maybe 3 placed to tie the panels too. How do I fit the saddle bars to the framework? or should i just make the saddle bars the width of the window and once the panel is tied would that be sufficient?
Thanks for the question. No, you can’t have the rebars the same width as the window, it wouldn’t help, sadly.
You have to work out where you’re going to place the rebars, and drill 2 (or 3) holes on both sides of the wooden frame, one about 2.5cm deep, the other less, say 1.5cm. Their diameter must be big enough for the rebar to go in.
Then place the window in and insert one end of the rebar into the deeper hole and then centre it so that there is an equal amount of rebar in each hole.
You can wedge them in with small slithers of wood and/or putty around them and paint when dry.
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