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A word on foiling. Most of us are familiar with traditional form of stained glass that we have encountered in churches which employ use of a lead came between glass pieces. Copper foiling is an alternative to lead came and is no doubt first place a new student to art of stained glass will begin. Only after one has mastered "foil", should you proceed to "came". Besides, foiling is a much easier process, especially for beginner. I still prefer this method over came method.
There is a little more to art of stained glass than what I have described thus far, but fundamental steps outlined below will give you a basic outline on what to expect.
Plan your design; will it be for a window, skylight... possibilities will astound you. Let your imagination take you,
Sketch out your design or use a bought pattern available through your retailer,
Cut out individual pieces from your pattern using those special scissors I mentioned earlier,
Apply cut pattern pieces to glass to be cut,
Using glasscutter, score and break (not in literal sense) each piece
Grind off excess glass
"Foil" each piece of glass
Solder pieces together
Clean your work, and
Display your masterpiece!
You will soon come to discover your own favorite step in art of stained glass. For some, it will be in designing stages, that challenge of coming up with your own unique design. For myself, my love for art lies in cutting of glass. There is a final moment of truth that comes after you have scored glass with glass cutter; this is part where I hold my breath. As you force glass to run (I'll explain that in another article), you'll begin to see glass crack along scored line as you hoped it would. With all things in universe being wonderful, glass breaks as you had intended. Occasionally it won't; that's breaks! But don't worry, glass is relatively inexpensive and you'll get it 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 http://www.nfvproducts.com