Introducing dimension to a stained glass task provides fascination and depth. To produce dimension you can insert glass nuggets, jewels, sea shells, recycled glass and other objects.
When deciding on to increase dimensional objects in a job, choose or draw a sample you would like to develop. Lay out your pattern starting with the dimensional objects. These objects will will need to be foiled and then tack soldered, if utilized in groupings or blend, then bordering glass is extra.
When picking out foil to wrap dimensional objects, you need to initial make your mind up if you will use patina on your concluded undertaking. For transparent objects, you will want to select a copper foil that will blend in with your finished project. If you are likely to use black patina on your completed venture, use a black backed copper foil. For jobs that will keep on being silver, use a silver backed foil. If a copper patina will be made use of, then use copper backed foil. For objects that are not transparent, the backing of the copper foil will not be an challenge.
The subsequent thought specials with the width of the copper foil. For quite little glass nuggets, jewels or thin recycled glass, use 5/32″. Foil comes in 5/32″ to 1/2″. For most objects, 7/32″ copper foil will operate effectively.
The last variable to take into account is the thickness of the copper foil. Copper foil arrives in thicknesses of 1. mil. to 1.5 mil. When foiling dimensional objects use 1. mil. This foil very easily bends and conforms to the dimensional object with no causing surplus bulk due to creasing and bending of foil.
A idea for foiling nuggets and jewels is to wrap the foil around the edge of the nugget or jewel, then press down with your fingers. Rather than making an attempt to burnish, basically location your nuggets and/or jewels in a plastic container and shake. The movement of the nuggets/jewels in opposition to each individual other will do all the burnishing for you.
To foil other dimensional objects, wrap foil along the edge of the item where it will be hooked up to the stained glass piece. Then employing a burnishing resource, press the foil firmly to the object on the top edge and each sides.
Once your object or objects are foiled and burnished, lay them on your pattern. If you are applying a team of dimensional objects these kinds of as glass nuggets, tack solder them with each other. Then slice the pattern parts for the bordering glass items. This will give you a more exact fitting.