Using A Vintage Plate In Stained Glass
Not my work–sample of what I would like to try
How would I incorporate a vintage plate into stained glass piece?
I am attaching a sample of something that I would like to try. I have read from some of the artists that they used copper foil on the entire piece including the plate. Do you have any tips on how to do this?Leslie
Yes, this can be done, no problem.
You can use both the leading method and copper foil to do this.
Instructions for copper foil:
Say you wanted to make a square panel, like the one pictured.
Decide on the size of the finished panel, and draw it out accurately.
Then make a mark the half way down on each side. To find the centre point, join these lines up to form a cross.
Place your plate face down, so that the centre of the plate is directly over the middle of the cross. They normally have a very helpful design that shows you the exact centre. Now draw around your plate.
Design the rest of the panel. The pictured one is geometric, but it needn’t be. You could have sun rays radiating out from the middle – anything you like!
Cut all your glass shapes and copper foil them as usual. If the plate is thick, or you think your design might need extra strength, then use a wider copper foil around the plate. You might have to use 2 strips of foil to get the desired width to cover the edges.
When you solder it all together, solder it with the plate face down first. This is easier as it’s flat.
Then use an old blanket around the edge of the plate – or something similar – that will support the panel around the edges when you turn it over to solder the second side.
I hope that’s clear, and that you successfully foil your plate!
Q: Before the foil is put onto the plate – do I have to grind the edges of the plate?
It’s not necessary for the foil to stick, but if you need to to make it fit, you can. Hope that helps.
Vintage Glass plate – slumped?
Can you make the plate completely flat with a kiln set for slump? Kathy
Yes, you can slump any glass. I haven’t tried it with a vintage plate but you’d have to make sure that the top temperature isn’t too high otherwise you’ll lose the lovely details on the plate. Best to experiment with schedules if at all possible.
Thanks Milly! I wondered about using thicker plates, I didn’t realize you could use two pieces of foil to make a wider surface. I had thought that would cause the top, overlapping piece to peel off the lower piece? Will give it a try!
Vintage Plate Piece completed!
Thank you so much for your advice on this piece. I am so happy with the outcome…….now if someone else is. I have decided to sell it for $150. People said I should charge more but I think that is a fair price. What say you?
I am trying to figure out how to add the photo. I will get it.
Oh great Leslie, congrats for finishing it. I would need to see the image before commenting on the price, but it certainly sounds very reasonable.
Use of glass wear in panels
My question is in regards to vintage glass plates etc in panels.
I have a client who would like me to use some plates that are cut in the design. What type of saw would do this kind of cutting? Can you recommend a brand. I currently have a wire saw and obviously it will not work.
Thank you, Dawn
Thanks for your question. I like the Taurus Ring Saw.
Funnily enough, I’ve written a whole page on my blog about what they’re good for here: Stained Glass saws
That will do the job for you. Good luck and let me know how you go with it,
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