Stained Glass Pattern Tips

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Can't decide on a stained glass pattern? Learn how to pick, trace, and start a stained glass pattern in this free video clip about using copper foiling for stained glass art.

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Hi, today we're talking about copper foiling and we're over at our light table. I want to talk to you specifically right now, about your pattern. There's going to be several different types of patterns that you can choose from. You can even make your own after you know how to allow for different seam allowances within your pattern. I've chosen a butterfly. When you choose your pattern, you want to make sure that you have more than one copy. Generally, you want two copies, one to use on your light table or for your pattern and the other one to use on your assembly board. There are two ways that you can use your pattern to benefit you in your glass construction. You can either lay your piece of glass on top of your pattern, thereby, you're able to either outline and cut your piece later, or you can just cut it with your tool. There's also another way, another process, if you don't have a light table. You can cut your pattern out. Now, when you're cutting your pattern out, if it's a foiling project, you don't really have to be all that worried about having spacing in between your pieces, but you do want to make sure that you stay as close on the line as possible, on the inside line of each piece. So, there are also pattern sheers that will, that will cut out some of that line for you, but stay as close as you can, because it's going to be very important when you go to start putting these pieces together and soldering them together. You don't want big gaps in your glass.

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