You’ll need: (Click the item for a link to where I bought them)
Self Adhesive Lead Strip – £10-25
Utility Knife (a sharp knife to cut lead strip)
Soldering Iron – £8-15
Lead-Free Solder - £8
Soldering Flux - £5-10
Paint Brush – a couple quid
PEBEO Vitrail Glass Paint - £4.25 each
.I used this Youtube video to make my transom window. Though I used a different technique for painting my glass. I used this painting technique.
Start by choosing a design! I used Instagram to find inspiration for my design, and then drew out a rough plan. You can also find inspiration on your favourite website, or Architecture in your city!
2. Apply Lead Stripping
Clean your glass and start by applying your lead stripping.
If you are trying to get a straight line, I would recommend placing a ruler alongside the lead strip while applying it to the glass.
The lead strip appears not to be very sticky, until it is rubbed thoroughly with the applicator provided.
Once your lead is applied to the glass, apply a thin layer of flux to each of the joins. Make sure your soldering iron has reached full temperature before soldering.
Heat up a small amount of lead free solder and quickly apply across the join. The lead has a lower melting point than the lead-free solder, so be careful not to hold the soldering iron on the lead for too long. My soldering iron almost hovers above the lead, only touching the solder itself. This is the trickiest part of the job, and I would recommend practicing on a test piece before soldering your glass painting project.
Clean the glass one last time before painting.
I used small artists paint brushes, and chose to use Vitrail paint in lemon, cobalt blue and chartreuse.
That’s all there is to it!
I hope you enjoy getting creative and making beautiful pieces of glass artwork for your own home!
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