Method of Construction

I scratched a line on the glass with a small tool dipped in kerosene. Theoretically, the glass will break along this line with a few tap taps on the glass. After many tap taps, and much broken glass, I don't know if I believe this theory. After the glass is cut and the edges are smoothed, there's a copper tape that is wrapped around the edges. Then I fit the pieces together and put nails around the design to hold it in place. Each joint is primed with flux, then soldered. After all the joints have been soldered, turn the design over and repeat the flux and soldering process. For the outside edges of my design, I soldered a piece of lead around the entire rectangle. Then I had to wash the excess flux from the glass. This is very sticky and time-consuming work. After the piece was washed and dried, it was done! -- Jamie Humphrey

My glass was bought at the store and then a cartoon and pattern was made. The glass was cut with a glasscutter and each piece's edge ground smooth with a diamond grinder and fitted together as evenly as possible. Then each piece was wrapped with copper foil and soldered together with flux and solder made of tin and copper. -- Linda Phelps


Brisac, Catherine, A Thousand Years of Stained Glass, New York:Doubleday, 1986.

Isenberg, Anita and Seymour Isenberg, How to Work in Stained Glass, Radner, PA: Chilton Book Co., 1983.

James, Peter and Nick Thorpe, Ancient Inventions, New York: Ballantine Books, 1994.

Le-Duc, Violett. Mediaeval Stained Glass, Atlanta, GA: Lullwater Press, 1946.


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