Using A Vintage Plate In Stained Glass
Using a vintage plate in stained glass is not as hard as it seems.
You can use both the leading method and copper foil to do this.
Using A Vintage Plate In Stained Glass
Instructions for Copper Foil Method
Say you wanted to make a square panel, like the one pictured above.
- Decide on the size of the finished panel, and draw it out accurately.
- 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.
Using A Vintage Plate In Stained Glass – Questions
Q: Do I have to grind the edges of the vintage plate before foil is put on?
A: It’s not necessary for the foil to stick, but if you need to to make it fit, you can.
Q: How do you foil a thicker vintate plate?
A: Use wider foil or overlap foil if you don’t have any wide enough.
Q: My question is in regards to using a vintage plate in stained glass. 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.
Layered Agate Roundel*
What a spectacular project this is! Here’s how you do it:
- The agate roundel has 4 layers. Each layer is wrapped with zinc u channel came.
- All the layers are then stacked and foiled along the edge to seal them.
- They are then soldered together.
- Each layer – except the front – has pieces of double strength window glass added to complete the semi circle shape. This makes it easy to solder together.
- The glass used was the gorgeous heads & tails glass. These edges of rolled glass give you those lovely organic tops to each layer.
- For the agate, cut into the white glass and then soldered around it. You can see the soldered line around the agate.
- The decorative solder effect was make by making little indentations on the soldered line using the corner of the soldering iron tip.
- Here’s the roundel from the back. The dark glass is necessary to ‘hold the light’ of the layers in front.
I think you’ll agree that this has to be one of THE most splendid projects. If you try it yourself, play around with the layers before committing yourself to soldering anything.
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