Instructions

We recommend that you possess basic to intermediate stained glass experience for working with our kits. Some kits require more advanced skills than others and are labeled as such in the description. Many of our kits feature quite small pieces which pose a challenge in copper foiling. We are sure you will find the finished product worth the extra effort.

The most important thing to start with is a flat surface (plywood is not flat). White melamine is a great flat surface to work on.

REMOVAL FROM PACKAGE - First, remove your pattern and glass from the packaging. We recommend cutting around each of the pieces of glass with a craft knife. Do NOT bend pieces when removing them from under the shrink wrap. Be gentle this is glass!

FOILING - After removing your kit and laying it out on the pattern you are ready to foil. The kits shown completed by our artists are foiled using different widths of copper foil. Large body and main pieces are foiled using 7/32" foil. Small detail pieces are foiled in 3/16" foil and in some cases even that is trimmed down for the best features.

SOLDERING - Now you are ready to solder. Please keep in mind that many of the pieces are small and will not withstand great amounts of heat. In order to avoid cracking or breaking of pieces please do not allow these pieces to get too hot during the soldering process. Take time to allow the glass to cool and return to that area after a minute or two. This is extremely important with long thin pieces of glass.

COPPER REINFORCING STRIP - We finish our products by wrapping the entire outside edge with Venture Tape Copper Reinforcing Strip 5/32 IN x 10 MIL No. 1767. We recommend tinning (covering with solder) the entire length of reinforcing strip you will be using and then soldering the strip to the outside of the kit. This will allow the reinforcing strip to take the patina and will make it unnoticeable when the project is complete. This reinforcement strip is very pliable and with a little practice you will get the hang of it in no time. This is well worth the time to add the extra strength to your glass. It is not necessary to use the reinforcing strip in areas that will have the brass reinforcement purchased from us (see below).

BRASS REINFORCMENTS - If the kit you are completing has the brass reinforcements offered for purchase from Obsession Art Glass you will need to attach those. You will first need to tin the entire piece of brass. Cover the piece with solder using caution to hold the brass with pliers or tongs. Brass conducts heat and the piece will become VERY hot in the tinning process. After tinning simply solder the reinforcement into place making sure to provide enough solder for a strong hold.

hook hook
completed hook before being soldered in to kit
hook soldered into the back of a kit

 

HOOKS - On the pattern included with your kit you will see locations for hook placement. We make our hooks by taking copper wire an wrapping it around a screwdriver to form a circle. You then continue in a twisting motion to form a "tail" on the hook. It is best to twist the tail until it is an inch to inch and a half long. This will allow for more solder to ensure a secure hold. Solder the hook on the lead line corresponding with the location provided on the pattern. Please make sure you are using a wire gauge that is heavy enough to support the weight of the glass you are hanging!!!

 

FINISHING - The last step is of course putting the final touches on. Leaving your lead lines silver then just give your project a bath. Otherwise a good coat of patina and a bath is all it needs. We use heavy gauge fishing line to hang our art. Once again please make sure to pick a line that is rated to hold more than enough weight. Also replace the fishing line every year or so, it does deteriorate over time due to sun exposure. Also we recommend using a hook placed into a ceiling or window trim for hanging. NEVER use a suction cup to hang your glass. Suction cups lose grip when exposed to extreme temperatures and will ALWAYS result in broken glass.