Advanced Stained Glass Techniques

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More advanced stained glass projects usually incorporate more exotic pieces of glass that are harder to work with, and they are often much larger projects than the standard hobbyist would endeavor. See examples of more advanced glasswork with helpful instruction from an experienced glass artist in this free video on glass crafts.

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Hi, I'm Shanon Materio and this is Jurgen Grauer and we're here in McMow Art Glass and we're going to give you some advanced glass tips. The first thing we want to talk about is structure. When you are going to start doing larger pieces, structure is the most important component of your choice. I would say most people who are hobbyists, they work in copper foil. Here I have a little panel. It's actually done both of these panels are actually done in lead came for the most part. Now, if you want a door panel or something really large and structurally bigger, you need to use lead came. That will be our recommendation. It's much, much stronger than the copper foil. Here's a panel we want to talk about a little bit. We incorporated the lead came here and then used these little blobs and we foil around them and then sorted them into it which is also an advance technique. Notice in this piece, we used art glass. The type of glass is a little bit more difficult to cut but if you are into advance techniques by this time, you should be venturing into some of the art glass that's out there. It's magnificent when the lights coming through it and there's a lot of choses. It really lets you expand your horizons a little bit. Remember one of the biggest mistakes is structure. You would have to think about what you're designing and how you're designing it not just what you're going to use to manufacture it. The other thing that you want to consider at all times is if it's going to be in a location where it's going to be moving often like a front door or any type of window or lamp shade, you want to make sure that you think about the type of movement it's going to be in putting on this glass. We always take are lead came pieces when they're beyond six feet and we put a structural reinforcement bar on them. Yeah, in that case, you would put a reinforcing either right on here and it's a material call zinc or you know we also have steal which is a little bit harder to bend but you want to put those on top. That's the ultimate reinforcement for large panels. What I have here is steal reinforcing bar and it's very, very stiff. So, imagine this being a large door panel or even a window. What is going to happen is we sorter this across in an area where it's not so occlusive and it appears to the eye just as a small line. So, whatever you see it here, I would sorter it to the lines but it adds a lot of strength to the panel and that is one of the advance things you want to know when you do larger panels.


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