Fan Light Foil Unstable Question
Copper foiled fan light
I have not long started and this is my third project. I have finished this piece ( not perfect i know) but the tab at the bottom is wobbly is there any help you can give me to solve this problem. Ann
Third project? You’re doing great!
I can see why the bottom bit is wobbling. I’ve added a pink line on the second photo to show you where the design is structurally weak.
Whenever you’re doing a suncatcher and there’s no framework to hold it in place, anything that is only held on with one straight line is vulnerable. So it will wobble back and forth.
Sometimes you can add another couple of shapes to secure it, but this isn’t an option here, as it would spoil the shape and be such a small slither it wouldn’t help much.
Strengthen with wire
What you can do is strengthen it around the edge with some wire. I’ve indicated the minimum area with the green line, but if this were mine I’d go all the way around so that it looks even.
The wire is joined on to the edge with solder and beaded over as normal. Brass wire is stronger than copper.
Tack solder the wire all around the edge, working around your sun catcher, adding small blobs of solder to stick the wire to the edge. I’d start somewhere on the top dome, not around the tab that you want to strengthen.
When it’s all tack soldered, you can bead the edge to neaten it up.
I’d also practice first on a piece of foiled glass that isn’t precious. It does take a bit of practise.
Hope that helps.