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Copper Foil Technique

Copper Foil TechniqueI prefer to use the “Copper Foil” technique in my stained glass creations. It’s simpler for me to use, takes less time and I like the finer line it creates when soldering. Also, the ability to patina the solder to black if I prefer and there is no messy clean up like with lead came. The solder goes where I put the foil on the glass without the bulk of globs of solder only in the corners.

Perfection is key

After cutting each piece, I grind the pieces so they fit together closely…like a puzzle. I wipe the pieces with a damp cloth to remove any grinder dust and carefully wrap each piece in Copper Foil, being careful to lay the glass perfectly in the middle of the sticky side of the foil tape. This ensures an even solder line in the finished project. If the foil is wider on one side than the other, it will result in a wider solder line on that side of your piece. I also trim clean the “overlay” ends where the beginning and end of my foil meets on the glass piece. Fitting the pieces close together also ensures that you’ll minimize the “drop through” of solder that happens if you have a large gap between pieces.

  • Cut and grind each piece to fit like a puzzle
  • Wipe the pieces clean of grinder dust to insure Copper Foil will stick well
  • Trim any inconsistencies in the foil for a perfect solder line result

I hope this helps you to achieve perfect solder lines in your project! I’d love to hear your comments and suggestions!

Copper Foil vs. Lead Came Process

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