10 October, 2013

Precision Cutting

My mom has a glass kiln and she makes jewelry. I want to make a fake stained glass window using a drawing as a template. I have a simplistic pattern set up, but I'm not positive how to do it because of the lines. I wanted to tack fuse it all together so that it didn't melt and become a blob and the pieces stay looking like stained glass, but I also can't just put them on a black opaque background because, well, light has to come through. The real issue here are the lines in between the colors that normally would be lead in a real window. Long question short: Is there any way to make a sort of realistic faux stained glass window through tack fusing WITHOUT cutting tiny strips of opaque black glass for the lines? I'm just nervous about my/my mom's precision cutting ability on that end. Thanks. Essentially — Why do you think you have to make a fake stained glass (foiled or leaded) look? What you want to do is a perfectly respectable process named fused glass and you can just put the pieces of glass next to each other on a proper flat surface and raise the temperature enough to melt the edges without blobbing them. It is actually probably more typical to use a piece clear glass (water white) and arrange the pieces on it and fuse them together. If you wanted the dark lines you could add grout afterward or you could use black stringer (thin rods) between the pieces. You might look at www. Warmglass. Com or www. Bullseyeglass. Com (which is a major resource in the area, started in Portland OR but I see they have opened additional ones)

This week on Made in the Northwest, KXLY4's Derek Deis takes us inside Precision Cutting.

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