Once you've designed or found a stained glass pattern that you're happy with, the next thing you need to do is make copies of it and cut the indivdual shapes out accurately.
These will be used as templates for cutting all your glass pieces.
The following steps are all easy, but it's worth taking a bit of time doing them accurately. Think of it as a puzzle. If any of the pieces don't fit, making the final picture will be difficult.
What you need: Your stained glass pattern. Strong tracing paper. Carbon paper. Thin card. A pencil. Scissors.
For copper foil: Fine felt tip pen. Pattern shears for copper foil.
For lead came: A 1/16 (2mm) black felt tip pen. Lead pattern shears.
1. Making CopiesThis is all about the order. Put the card at the bottom. Then the carbon paper (face down), followed by your pattern. The tracing paper goes on top of the pile.
Laying down order for making cutting pattern
2. Tracing And Numbering The Shapes
- With the pencil, draw over the pattern with a constant, firm pressure. You want to make sure that the pattern reads clearly on the thin card at the bottom.
- It's very important to number the shapes now, when all the pieces are together. I number mine at the top of each shape. This makes it easier when I'm trying to find how they fit together after they're all cut.
Numbered tracing paper and card pattern
At this stage you should have your pattern drawn on the tracing paper and the thin card.
Put aside the carbon paper and your stained glass pattern.
For copper foil:
On the tracing paper, go over all the lines - except the outside lines - with the fine black felt tip pen. This will be used for assembling your panel when you're ready.
For lead came:
Do the same as above, only this time with the 1/16 (2mm) thicker black felt tip pen. This line represents the gap which the heart of the lead will fill later on.
3. How To Cut The Pieces- Now move on to the thin card. You are going to cut the templates for the stained glass from this. Cut neatly around the edge of the whole design with regular scissors.
By now you should have:
Checking to see if the pattern pieces are accurate
- one colored design or pattern
- one sheet of tracing paper, with your pattern drawn in either a fine line (copper foil) or a thicker 1/16 (2mm) line (lead came)
- each shape numbered on the tracing paper
- all your pattern pieces cut out of thin card and numbered
If so, you're ready for Stained Glass Cutting.
Pattern templates all cut to size
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