The Art of Stained Glass

Written by Nick Volpe

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A word on foiling. Most of us are familiar withrepparttar traditional form of stained glass that we have encountered in churches which employrepparttar 116237 use of a lead came betweenrepparttar 116238 glass pieces. Copper foiling is an alternative torepparttar 116239 lead came and is no doubtrepparttar 116240 first place a new student torepparttar 116241 art of stained glass will begin. Only after one has masteredrepparttar 116242 "foil", should you proceed torepparttar 116243 "came". Besides, foiling is a much easier process, especially forrepparttar 116244 beginner. I still prefer this method overrepparttar 116245 came method.

There is a little more torepparttar 116246 art of stained glass than what I have described thus far, butrepparttar 116247 fundamental steps outlined below will give you a basic outline on what to expect.

Plan your design; will it be for a window, skylight... repparttar 116248 possibilities will astound you. Let your imagination take you,

Sketch out your design or use a bought pattern available through your retailer,

Cut outrepparttar 116249 individual pieces from your pattern using those special scissors I mentioned earlier,

Applyrepparttar 116250 cut pattern pieces torepparttar 116251 glass to be cut,

Usingrepparttar 116252 glasscutter, score and break (not inrepparttar 116253 literal sense) each piece

Grind offrepparttar 116254 excess glass

"Foil" each piece of glass

Solderrepparttar 116255 pieces together

Clean your work, and

Display your masterpiece!

You will soon come to discover your own favorite step inrepparttar 116256 art of stained glass. For some, it will be inrepparttar 116257 designing stages, that challenge of coming up with your own unique design. For myself, my love forrepparttar 116258 art lies inrepparttar 116259 cutting ofrepparttar 116260 glass. There is a final moment of truth that comes after you have scoredrepparttar 116261 glass withrepparttar 116262 glass cutter; this isrepparttar 116263 part where I hold my breath. As you forcerepparttar 116264 glass to run (I'll explain that in another article), you'll begin to seerepparttar 116265 glass crack alongrepparttar 116266 scored line as you hoped it would. With all things inrepparttar 116267 universe being wonderful,repparttar 116268 glass breaks as you had intended. Occasionally it won't; that'srepparttar 116269 breaks! But don't worry, glass is relatively inexpensive and you'll get itrepparttar 116270 next time.

The author gained expertise by designing and making stained glass works for family members and friends. You can view some of his work's at

Mounting and Framing Your Needlework

Written by Katrina Renouf

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The second way to mount your needlework takes a lot more time, but can be worth it. Some stitchers have found that when usingrepparttar first method,repparttar 116236 spray adhesive has yellowed their work, sometimes in as little as six months. Lacingrepparttar 116237 needlework down is a popular way to attach it torepparttar 116238 mounting board, I would suggest that if you are going to do this, to machine stitch aroundrepparttar 116239 sides about ľ inch in fromrepparttar 116240 raw edge as this will help preventrepparttar 116241 fabric threads from tearing out when you are pullingrepparttar 116242 lacing. To lacerepparttar 116243 back ofrepparttar 116244 needlework, you will need a tapestry needle and strong thread. I generally recommend lacingrepparttar 116245 longest side ofrepparttar 116246 fabric first. To start, make several small stitches atrepparttar 116247 top, right whererepparttar 116248 long side meetsrepparttar 116249 top edge ofrepparttar 116250 mounting board (about ľ inch in fromrepparttar 116251 raw edge). This will anchor your thread. You then drawrepparttar 116252 thread allrepparttar 116253 way across torepparttar 116254 opposite side about one inch below where you came from, so itís not completely straight across. Iíve heard it compared to lacing a shoe with one lace instead of two. Work your way downrepparttar 116255 sides, going back and forth, stopping every three to five stitches so you can pull it uniformly tight. Make sure you donít breakrepparttar 116256 fabric! When youíre finishedrepparttar 116257 two long sides, again anchor your thread by making several small stitches inrepparttar 116258 fabric. Youíll then want to dorepparttar 116259 same thing onrepparttar 116260 short sides ofrepparttar 116261 fabric. This will makerepparttar 116262 fabric stay on and ensure that it is tightly pulled so no wrinkles will show up onrepparttar 116263 front.

When your mounting is finished, just put your needlework inrepparttar 116264 frame, putrepparttar 116265 backing on, and enjoy your finished project!

Katrina Renouf has been cross stitching for over 10 years, and is the owner and webmaster of

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